TRBP Floating Workshop 11
the French River Watershed
The Thames River watershed is comprised of 9 regional watersheds upstream
of the Thames main stem. The French River begins in Massachusetts and
flows into the Quinebaug River in Thompson, CT. Industrialist Samuel
Slater, who founded the town of Webster, Massachusetts, was a major
influence on the early settlement patterns of this area. The
many dams still in place are reminders of the importance of this river
during the early industrial revolution.
At one time, the color of the river was related to the color of the dye
being used at the mill on any given day. Since the enactment of the
Clean Water Act, the water quality in the river has improved, but there are
still perception issues to overcome. Fortunately, efforts are being
made by organizations such as the
French River Connection
to change the view of the river through volunteer water quality monitoring,
river cleanups and greenway projects. The
Together Environment Committee is actively involved with conservation
efforts along the French River on the Connecticut side of the border.
The Town of Thompson partnered with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service to replant a riparian buffer along the French River at Riverside
For information on the current state of the water quality in the French
here for Massachusetts and
here for Connecticut.
The US Army Corp of Engineers maintains two flood control projects in the
French River watershed. These include
Lake in Charlton and another at
Village. While the primary function of these areas is for flood control,
the properties also offer an assortment of recreational opportunities,
River Water Trail for paddling enthusiasts.
The French River watershed is the location of Lake
Chargoggagoggmanchauggauggagoogchaubungungamaugg (aka Webster Lake).
This year's Floating Workshop on Webster Lake is being co-sponsored by the
Webster Lake Association.
They are key partners in
The Last Green Valley Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program.
Funding support for this year's Thames River Basin Partnership Floating
Workshop has been provided by The
Last Green Valley.