Keeping Water Clean in Winchester: March 24 at 6:30PM, NCCC

Join FRWA and the Northwest Conservation District for a forum on “Keeping Water Clean in Winchester” on March 24th at 6:30 pm at the Northwest Connecticut Community College’s Arts and Sciences building.  We will discuss  all the different Low Impact Development measures that have been installed in Winchester.  The slide presentation will highlight projects, including the retrofit stormwater management systems at the Winchester Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Crystal Lake Water Filtration Facility which demonstrate how to clean up polluted stormwater runoff to the Still River and other streams and lakes in Winchester. The presentation will also highlight projects completed on the NCCC Campus. In addition, catch a glimpse of future projects planned to further reduce water pollution to the Winchester’s natural water resources.  The meeting is open to the public – no reservations needed.

Meet us at the NCCC campus, Arts & Sciences Building at 6:30, we will walk out the rain garden on campus and then start our lecture around 7pm in the lecture hall.

Questions please contact FRWA at (860) 658-4442 x0 or


Stormwater Management Seminar – April 2nd, 1:00-4:30 pm

FRWA has organized a free Stormwater Management Seminar for April 2nd at the Simsbury Public Library Program Room from 1pm to 4:30. Click here to read the program brochure:  Stormwater Management Brochure. DSCF7150

We will be hosting Chester Arnold from UConn CLEAR/NEMO to discuss different bioretention practices, Jim Mahoney from the Connecticut Transportation Institute will discuss Porous Pavement, FRWA will be discussing our Stream Continuity Survey program (with some results from the field), and we will have a municipal panel discussing Stormwater Ordinances and Town Case Studies.

Attendance is free, space is limited, please register to guarantee a spot.
Refreshments will be served.
Questions call FRWA at (860) 658-4442 x0.
To register via email please send an email to


Saville Dam and Old Barkhamsted Hollow Tour, October 26th, 10am-3pm

Join us for a tour deep inside the bowels of the Saville Dam followed by a trek to some of the old Barkhamsted foundations spared inundation as the Barkhamsted Reservoir filled. We plan to end our tour with a visit to the relocated old Barkhamsted Center schoolhouse. The history and preservation of our watershed is intertwined with the story of the Metropolitan District and the pursuit of clean drinking water for Greater Hartford.

The MDC will guide us through the earthen embankment dam that impounds the 30 billion gallon Barkhamsted reservoir providing drinking water for Greater Hartford. Erik Landgraf  will lead us around the relics of old Barkhamsted Hollow, a village mostly flooded by the creation of the Barkhamsted Reservoir in 1940. Structures that were not flooded were torn down or moved by the water company, but not without a trace. Trace history in your watershed!
Pre-registration is required, space is limited, contact FRWA at (860) 658-4442, or email: to register; Tour begins at 10:00 am, dress for the weather, wear footwear to walk in the woods, pack a lunch and water. Fee: current FRWA members $5; non-members $10.

FRWA Aquatic Insect Sampling (RBV) Workshop, October 12th, 9am-2pm

FRWA will hold our 10th Annual Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Sampling (RBV) Workshop on Saturday October 12th at Squires Tavern in Peoples State Forest. Volunteers are needed to help sample for aquatic insects as indicators of water quality. Explore the fascinating life of local streams throughout the Farmington River Watershed!
We begin with an indoor workshop to demonstrate collection and identification techniques and explain the use of aquatic organisms in water quality monitoring. Following the indoor training and lunch, teams will move out to sample various Farmington River Watershed streams. Participants wade into the water, collect organisms into a net, sort and identify and preserve a representative sample for verification. The program follows CT DEEP Rapid Biomonitoring for Volunteers (RBV) protocol and results help FRWA and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) monitor water quality changes in the Farmington River Watershed.
No previous experience necessary, new volunteers are paired with an experienced team leader and older children are welcome with an adult. Lunch will be provided, bring footwear to wade into the water (waders, water shoes or old sneakers).
Program will be held rain or shine; please dress for the weather. Space is limited, advance registration is required. Please contact FRWA at 860-658-4442 or email to register.
Experienced samplers please contact FRWA to borrow equipment to sample your favorite riffle.

Stream Bugs & Pond Critters, September 21st, 10am-noon

Discover the fascinating underwater life of the Farmington River Watershed with FRWA as we explore Walton Pond and Poplar Swamp Brook at beautiful Winding Trails in Farmington. Spend the morning pond-side and wading in the brook to observe, identify, and marvel at the life histories and ecology of insects and other creatures that inhabit still and flowing waters. Learn how and why we use aquatic insects in our watershed-wide water quality monitoring.

We will provide nets, buckets and expertise; you need only bring your curious mind. We meet at Nature’s Porch; Winding Trails’ beautiful, brand new, certified Connecticut grown building and will go outdoors rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear to wade into shallow water (water shoes, old sneakers, or waders.)

This program is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Please contact FRWA at 860-658-4442 or email to register.

Annual River Clean-Up, October 5th

Last year, over 300 volunteers joined together to remove almost 3 tons of trash from the banks of the Farmington River, and we’ll need just as much help this year! You provide your time, and we can provide the supplies as well as lunch, coffee, apple cider, and more. If you have a pick up truck or other large vehicle, let us know; all of that trash has to get to the dumpsters somehow. Locations include Avon, Burlington/Farmington/Canton, Bristol, Simsbury and Windsor.

Main meet-up locations are the FRWA office at 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT and Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, 41 Bridge Street, Collinsville CT. If interested in volunteering, you may show up at either of these main locations between 10am and 1 pm to register and join in.

Call FRWA at (860) 658-4442 or email with any additional questions or to preregister at your preferred location.

Lecture Series: Spoonville Un-dammed, a Shad Story, October 24th, 7:30-8:30pm

Speaker: Eileen Fielding, FRWA

This presentation is a classic example of the historic back-and-forth conflict between fish and water power.  It will highlight the removal of Spoonville Dam from the Farmington River in the summer of 2012, describing how and why it was done.  It will also cover some of the dam’s eventful history, and discuss the effects of the dam removal on the river’s many uses and functions.

Location: Roaring Brook Nature Center

To RSVP or for more information, call 860-658-4442.

Lecture Series: Testing the River, October 17th, 7:30-8:30pm

Speaker: Alisa Phillips-Griggs, FRWA

Learn about the Farmington River Watershed Association’s extensive water quality program. What are we monitoring for, what are we finding and what are we doing to improve water quality in the Farmington River Watershed?

Location: Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

To RSVP or for more information, call 860-658-4442.