FRWA 60th Anniversary Celebration

Join us at FRWA”s celebration of our 60th year!

Join us at Ski Sundown in New 60thflyerHartford for a swim down memory lane on September 22nd, 2013 from 3 – 8pm at Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

FRWA is hosting a party that will bring together new friends and old to reminisce about our 60-year history. We will have a light program outlining our accomplishments of the past 60 years. Displays, both static and digital, of our 60-year history can be browsed while listening to music from several bands. A BBQ dinner from the Meat House in Avon with snack and refreshments from Blue Sky foods. Cash Bar. RSVP by emailing Aimee, sending a check for $25 per person to FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 or by registering online here at the eventbright widget below.

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Salmon Stocking Workshop – March 21, 2013 at 7pm at Avon Public Library

The Connecticut Inland Fisheries Division is looking for volunteers to assist in stocking Atlantic salmon fry.  An informational meeting has been scheduled for Thursday March 21 for those who are interested.  There will be a presentation and update on the Salmon Restoration Program and a brief discussion of stocking and what is expected of volunteers.  Volunteers must be physically fit and available on weekdays.  The streams to be stocked are in the Farmington and Salmon River watersheds and are scheduled for stocking between mid April and late May.  Individuals interested in volunteering who cannot attend the meeting should contact Bruce Williams or the Farmington River Watershed Association at the addresses listed below.

For more information contact:Bruce Williams, DEEP/Marine Headquarters, 860-447-4317, email:,  or the Farmington River Watershed Association, 860-658-4442.

MDC Proposal to Provide Drinking Water to Mansfield

There is a MDC proposal to provide Farmington River water to the University of Connecticut and the Town of Mansfield.  You can learn more about this proposal here:

Dear Farmington River Friends,

This document is to answer any questions you may have about the current position of FRWA regarding a proposal by the Metropolitan District Commission to supply Farmington River water to the University of Connecticut. We thank you for your interest, and invite you to contact us if any further clarification is needed.

UConn has extended its comment period to January 31st on this issue and will be hosting a public hearing on this proposal in the Farmington Valley on January 22 at 7 pm in the Human Resources Training Room at the UConn Health Center’s Munson Building, 16 Munson Road, Farmington.

Eileen Fielding
Executive Director

FRWA Prevented from Commenting on MDC Proposal

Attorneys for the MDC have drawn FRWA’s attention to an agreement that was signed in 1998 to settle the controversy that arose from an earlier MDC attempt to divert water from the Farmington River. The MDC maintains that the agreement forbids FRWA’s advocacy in connection with the current controversy regarding a proposed diversion of millions of gallons to service UConn and its environs.

Given the MDC’s position, FRWA has decided to refrain from advocacy in this matter at this point.

FRWA and its legal counsel have met with MDC and its attorneys to discuss the 1998 agreement and its legal and practical implications.

Accordingly, FRWA withdraws any comments it made before MDC’s attorneys demanded that it cease and desist. The more than four hundred signatures placed on its petition in the few days that it was open will not be delivered. FRWA expresses no official opinion at this point about the MDC proposal.

FRWA will continue to post links to informative published information on its website. Another river-oriented group that might be helpful to interested persons is Rivers Alliance, whose website is Rivers Alliance is completely independent of FRWA.

Individual FRWA members and other concerned citizens may wish to voice their opinions and to petition their government leaders.

Among the possible recipients of comments are: [Mr. Esty heads the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] [Mr. Witkos is the state senator for part of the Farmington Valley]  and other town and state officials and news outlets

Below, “Comments are closed” means that you cannot comment on FRWA’s blog.  You can however comment to until January 31

Saville Dam & Old Barkhamsted Hollow Tour: October 27, 2012


Current FRWA members $5; non-members $10

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. 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.

FRWA’s Annual Meeting: November 8th, 2012, 6pm to 9 pm

FRWA’s Annual Meeting
November 8th, 2012, 6pm to 9 pm
Tunxis Plantation Golf Course
Tavern on the Green

This year our Keynote Speaker is Andrew Fisk of the Connecticut River Watershed Council with a talk on the Connecticut River and its Designation as our Nation's first Blueway.  In addition, we will highlight our achievements for the year, have a lively and diverse silent auction and leave plenty of time for socializing and merriment.

Check your mailbox in early October for our Annual Meeting invitation. Tickets are $40 for current members and $50 for non-members or email your RSVP directly to Aimee to apetras 'at'

Streambugs & Pond Critters: September 22, 2012, 10am – noon

Explore the fascinating life of Walton Pond and Poplar Swamp Brook with the Farmington River Watershed Association. 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 invertebrates that inhabit still and flowing waters. Learn how and why we use aquatic insects in the FRWA biomonitoring program to monitor water quality throughout the Watershed.

Program open to all ages, children must be accompanied by adult. Rain or shine, dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear to wade into the water (water shoes, old sneakers, or waders).  Advance registration is required.  Please contact FRWA at 860-658-4442 or email to register.

Stream bugs & Pond Critters: September 22, 2012, 10 am to noon, Winding Trails

RBV Refresher: September 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Experienced volunteers are needed to help sample for aquatic insects as part of our annual Aquatic Macroinvertebrate (RBV) Survey. Please contact us to borrow a sampling kit and we will direct you to streams in need of sampling. We also invite experienced RBV samplers to drop in for an informal evening RBV refresher and a chance to review some of the RBV “bugs” up close. Please contact FRWA at 860-658-4442 or email to let us know if you will be coming.

RBV Refresher: September 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

FRWA World Headquarters: 749 Hopmeadow Street Simsbury

FRWA Aquatic Insect Sampling Workshop: October 13, 9 am to 2 pm

FRWA holds our annual Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey this fall in Connecticut’s Upper Farmington River Watershed. 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 monitor water quality changes in the Farmington River Watershed.

No previous experience necessary, older children welcome with 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.

Saturday, October 13, 9 am to 2 pm, Squire’s Tavern, Peoples State Forest, Pleasant Valley