Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Staff Council

About Your Watershed

Posted on January 30, 2013

Perhaps hiking through the Hockomock Swamp, wreaking of bug spray in search of  cedar-swamp maple is not on your “must do” list for 2013. Most prefer a sunset paddle on any one of the 221 lakes and ponds, or a hike in any one of the 13 state parks, forests located within the 562 square mile area known as the Taunton River Watershed area.

The Town of Norton is one of the 43 communities located within the watershed area. Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) is one of nine watershed associations in Massachusetts with a shared mission to protect natural resources. Approximately 700,000 people live within the TRWA area. Human population and the "human footprint"  has helped humans to see that an educated citizenry is critical to sustaining and maintaining a healthy watershed area. Re-connecting people to nature promotes wellness that results in greater environmental stewardship.
Please consider a membership to your local watershed association. Don't worry! You won’t be required to dawn a mosquito lid and hang out in a swamp.  Alternatively, a TRWA membership offers you and yours many opportunities to connect, experience, and appreciate our natural world. Click here for more information about TRWA.
Click her to visit the State’s  “View watershed by region” to learn more about watersheds beyond the Norton area.

Submitted by Bernice Morrissey
Photos: Bernice Morrissey

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