NRWA offers free stream ecology workshops

The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public, including families, Scout groups and seniors, to stream ecology discovery events to learn what it takes to determine the health of a river or stream.

Participants will learn about water quality and invasive plants in the Nashua River and its tributaries. You’ll also receive hands-on training on determining the health of a stream by aquatic bug identification, streamside observations and exploring the effects of storm-water runoff.

Learn how this information will help your community. Most of these 60- or 90-minute sessions are held outside rain or shine, so dress accordingly.

These sessions are offered in different locations covering the same content, open to all communities, so you can choose which date and location is most convenient for you:

April 22 (Earth Day), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Willard Brook in Willard Brook State Park, Ashby, Mass.

April 22 (Earth Day), 2-3:30 p.m. on Catecunemaug Brook in the Fredonian Park and Nature Center, Fredonian Street, Shirley, Mass.

April 23, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sucker Brook at the Keyes-Parker Conservation Area, Oak Hill Street, Pepperell, Mass.

April 23, 2-3:30 p.m. on Unkety Brook in Dunstable, Mass.

April 25, 10 a.m. on the Squannacook River during the Earth Day Celebration held on Townsend Common, Townsend, Mass.

April 29, 7-8 p.m. about the Nashua River. Meet at the Devens Common Center in Devens, Mass. (this is an indoor event).

Please notify Kathryn Nelson, NRWA water monitoring coordinator, at kathrynn@nashuariverwatershed.org about which session you would like to attend. Specific location and parking directions will be provided.

Be sure to check nashuariverwatershed.org on the day of the event for any cancellations caused by severe weather.

Funding for these free stream ecology workshops is provided by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

The NRWA is a nonprofit environmental organization providing water and land resource protection and environmental education programs in 32 communities in north-central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.