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Thanks for the shout out and the beautiful photo! . #Repost @smartartistone (@get_repost) ・・・ Are you a member of FRWA? (The Farmington River Watershed Association) Help keep the river gorgeous! #frwa #painterdeborah . #beriversmart
Happy Septmeber 1st! The summer has been full of projects, activities, and fieldtrips here at the watershed. We are gearing up for an action packed autumn too! #nonprofits #frwa #farmingtonriver #waterquality #outdoorclassroom #nature #beriversmart
Thank you @nccc_ct library for helping us present River Smart over the past few months! If you are interested in learning how to #BeRiverSmart by doing things like building a rain garden, stop by the library at Northwestern Commmunity College for some excellent reading on the subject. You can even visit a real life rain garden on the campus! @nccc_eco . #frwa #farmingtonriver #raingarden #conservation #waterquality #nature
Join us at Rockwell Park festival in Bristol today 10-6! #BeRiverSmart #frwa
Had a great outdoor learning experience with students of the @elcctorg at the @meigspointnaturecenter last friday! The day was full of exploring and learning about sandy beach, rocky shore, and salt marsh ecosystems and the importance of these ecosystems for aquatic life, migratory birds, filtration, absorption, and so much more! We discussed the connection of stormwater pollution occuring in the Pequabuck, Farmington, and CT rivers, and how it all ends up in Long Island Sound. What can we do to prevent stormwater pollution? Check out beriversmart.org to learn! #BeRiverSmart . #frwa #longislandsound #meigspoint #outdoorclassroom #nature #conservation
#BeRiverSmart . #Repost @americanrivers (@get_repost) ・・・ All families deserve access to clean water. The health crisis around lead contamination in Flint drew much-needed attention to the dangers of contaminated water, especially for children. But Flint is not alone: many communities nationwide are facing similar challenges. We cannot accept a future of more polluted rivers and more dirty water flowing through our taps, our communities, and our bodies. We have take action to save the Clean Water Rule. Public comment is open until 8/28: http://bit.ly/2tPEh5Q.
Field trip with campers from the Environmental Learning Centers of CT @elcctorg! Day of kayaking, learning about stormdrain outfalls, watersheds, and experiencing the #farmingtonriver! #outdoorlearning #beriversmart #kayaking #nature #frwa #elcct #indianrocknaturepreserve #conservation
Great day for a fieldtrip @projectoceanology with the @keneypark_sustainability group! . Follow us to learn more about how stormwater affects Long Island Sound and see our projects that work on reducing polluted runoff! . #beriversmart #frwa #conservation #learnoutside #nature #marinescience #estuary #longislandsound #fieldday #fieldtrip #projecto
#Repost @maritimeaquarium (@get_repost) ・・・ July is #WildAboutWildlife Month! We are wild for all the amazing animals that live in (and visit) Long Island Sound and its watershed! ... Thanks for the post @maritimeaquarium! The Farmington River flows into the Connecticut River, which releases into Long Island Sound. Any impact on water quality in the #farmingtonriver can directly affect these animals in the Sound, so #BeRiverSmart and keep pollutants out of water sources! #frwa #waterquality #stewardship #nature #cleanwater #conservation #rivers
Stormwater pollution is the #1 water quality problem. #BeRiverSmart and take action on reducing polluted runoff - it is easier than you may think! And that family of mergansers hidded in the mist of the Farmington River will be grateful to have clean water! . #waterquality #conservation #frwa #stewardship #nature #cleanwater #mergansers #mist #rivers #farmingtonriver
Lets work together to protect our watershed and promote healthy ecosystems #BeRiverSmart . #farmingtonriver #stewardship #nature #rivers #waterquality #conservation #cleanwater
Setting up River Smart displays at the Beekley Community Library and the Canton Public Library today! #BeRiverSmart - stop by and take the Pledge! . #farmingtonriver #frwa #libraries #waterconservation #waterquality #stewardship #rivers #nature #conservation #cleanwater
A break from the rain and time to enjoy the beautiful #farmingtonriver! Check out our website for recreation and water quality information. We even have a river guidebook to offer . #beriversmart #outdoors #rivers #guidebook #waterquality #stewardship #frwa #wildandscenic #nature #conservation #watershed #riversmartct
Great to see more bioswales being created! #beriversmart . #Repost @cfe.savethesound (@get_repost) ・・・ When it rains, it drains! Our bioswales (and new signs by @carys_ink) are looking great! These special gardens capture and filter the rain, and help keep Long Island Sound clean. #reducerunoff #savethesound #greeninfrastructure #raingarden #bioswale
The #FRWA crew is hard at work removing invasive plants today! One of the many projects we are working on for the betterment of the watershed. . #riversmartct #farmingtonriver #watershed #rivers #conservation #waterquality #rivers #outdoors #biodiversity #nativeplants #stewardship #nature
Today is #InternationalBiodiversityDay and the #FarmingtonRiver provides important habitat for many animals and plant life, such as red-spotted newts. These newts can be an indicator of healthy wetlands, so lets keep working on improving the health of the watershed! . #riversmartct #frwa #waterquality #rivers #biodiversity #redspottednewt #conservation #wildlife #outdoors #wildandscenic #stewardship #nature
#Repost @farmingtonriversteward (@get_repost) ・・・ What a great day to have been out enjoying our beautiful Wild and Scenic Farmington River. Did you know that the Farmington River is a Partnership Wild and Scenic River-which means that local, state and federal governments as well as other stakeholders in the river community are partners in river management and stewardship. You can also help by spreading the message of #NoGlassNoTrash on the river. #farmingtonriver #farmingtonrivercoordinatingcommittee #NoGlassNoTrash #wildandscenic #wildandscenicrivers #rivers #conservation #outdoors #farmingtonriversteward #stewardship
Do you own streamside property within the Farmington River Watershed? Eager to learn more? DM me if eligible to receive a FREE copy of My Healthy Stream - A Handbook for Streamside Owners! @frwa_org . A publication of Trout Unlimited and the Aldo Leopard Foundation. . Funding for FRWA's River Smart outreach program is provided in part from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. . #riversmartct #frwa #farmingtonriver #troutunlimited #myhealthystream #nfwf #otistheotter #waterquality
Had a great time participating in the Spring Fair at the Barnes Nature Center in Bristol today! Great conversations and many new #RiverSmart pledgers! Thank you for having us @barnesnaturecenter #riversmartct #frwa #springfair #barnesnaturecenter #farmingtonriver #waterquality
Here's some good news about saving pollinators, thanks to botanist Dr. Bill Moorhead and his volunteers! . For several years FRWA has partnered with Bill to clear invasive barberry bushes out of the Fisher Meadow high floodplain forest along the Farmington River, so that native wildflowers like Spring Beauty can recover and thrive there. And now we've found that quite a few bees collected from cleared sites are Andrena eriginiae, a specialist on Spring Beauty! The flower provides both food and courtship site for this special bee. . Many thanks to Dr. Kimberly Stoner and her colleagues at the CT Ag. Experiment Station for the bee ID. And to all the volunteers who've spent hours pulling up barberry at Fisher Meadow - CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU! . Photo credit: copyright John Ascher, 2006-2014 . #bees #invasiveplantremoval #farmingtonriver #springbeauty #nativewildflowers
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