TRWA was founded in 1988 to bring together citizens who both appreciated the Taunton River and its tributary rivers and were also concerned about its future. TRWA is the only non-profit watershed organization active in the entire 562 square miles of the watershed and has a dual purpose of bringing residents in close contact with the natural resources of the river through outdoor events and speaking out with a clear, responsible voice to protect and restore the Taunton River.
Several events are sponsored that are now traditional, much anticipated trips each year:
Annual Wild and Scenic River Run, a two-day trip on the river with overnight camping
Fall Archeological Canoe Trip, co-sponsored with the Mass Archeological Society
Members' cookouts at the Gertrude M. Boyden Wildlife Refuge in Taunton
Regular river cleanups
TRWA also participates in events sponsored by communities and other organizations, such as the Taunton River Folk Festival, held in October, and the Weir Village Festival in the spring. If you would like to invite TRWA to bring an educational booth or program to your event, please call Carolyn LaMarre, Executive Director, at (508) 828-1101.
TRWA is an active member of numerous coalitions working in our region, including the Taunton River Wild and Scenic Stewardship Council and the Three Mile River ACEC nominating committee.
In 2005, TRWA was chosen by the Sheehan Family Foundation to join and serve as the fiscal agent for the Taunton River Watershed Campaign. The Campaign is a partnership of ten conservation and planning groups working to preserve and protect natural resources and open space opportunities in our watershed.
TRWA has a track record of leadership on major projects and issues. For more information about the issues we follow, visit our Advocacy section.