Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day (actual date, not Worc. Earth Day observed)

So, Worcester is a funny place.
We celebrate the 4th of July on the 3rd,
We celebrate First Night on the last night of the year,
and, among other things, we almost never celebrate Earth Day on Earth Day.

I love the reason why!

I don't know about your email box this morning, but mine had advertisements to buy something for Earth Day, and non-profit promotional pitches to feel good about the Earth.
Worcester's Earth Day is a City Wide Spring Cleaning of trash, especially in our public open places, like forests, rivers, ponds, parks, even median strips!
This means that our Earth Day will always be on a Saturday to maximize volunteer participation, and to make the might of the DPW available to bear on the effort.
We go after new debris, and old problems, and little by little, decade after decade, we have managed to dig our way out of a lot of accumulated funk.
For us Earth Day is synonymous with CleanUp of the outdoors!

At Cascades East alone we managed to haul over 2100 lbs of old metal out of there, and dozens and dozens of bags of assorted debris, and the site has never looked better.
That is just one location in a City of locations.
THAT is Earth Day!
So, happy Earth Day! real or observed.


Today GWLT is at the Earth Day Festival at the UMASS Med Campus on Lake Quinsigamond with Gordon and Mary working the table! If you are down there say "hi!"




Ted's AT Trek Blog is now full of photos again thanks to his stop in Damascus, VA!

Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters at 11:00 a.m. (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 65.5 and rising;
Humidity is 34% and steady;
Pressure is 29.59" of Hg and steady;
The wind is moving along with a max at 9.0 mph;
The sky is clear;
The Cascades are flowing nicely!;
The Cascades Brook is flowing in both channels and there is good volume!;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is MODERATE.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm.
Some of the storms could produce small hail.
Increasing clouds, with a high near 60.
South wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 60%.
New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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