Atlantic Salmon Stocking Volunteer Meeting, March 22, 2012

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Farmington Public Library

6 Monteith Drive, Farmington

 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 22nd 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.

Directions:  Farmington Library Main Branch is off Rte.4, near the high school and Town Hall.  For further directions contact the Library at 860-673-6791 or

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

Running the Faucet on the Farmington: February 18, 2012, 12 noon at the Canton Public Library

You are invited to join FRWA for “Running the Faucet on the Farmington,” a presentation by Tim Anthony, Hydroelectric supervisor, Metropolitan District.

Last fall, Hurricane Irene’s impact would certainly have been worse if the dams on the upper Farmington had not held back some of her floodwaters.  But even on an ordinary day, how is flow from the dams managed so as to comply with regulations and support hydropower, recreation, and aquatic life, as well as protect against floods and droughts?  If you paddle, fish, or live along the Farmington River, you may have wondered — especially as the water rose or fell — how releases from Goodwin Dam and Colebrook River Dam are decided, and how the river’s flow controls came to be.   In his presentation, Tim will share the sometimes-turbulent history of flow management, and then walk you through the current process of turning the tap on a river so as to balance many competing needs on a day-to-day basis.

To be held at the Canton Public Library, Room F, Saturday February 18th at 12 Noon.   Admission is free.

FRWA picks Winner of Guild Guitar Raffle at 24th Annual River Clean Up

FRWA's Board President Matt Reichin drew the winning ticket in FRWA's first Guitar Raffle and the winner is……….. P.K. Allen of Simsbury! P.K. is pictured here with (from right to left) Board member Deborah Leonard, Education & Outreach Coordinator Aimee Petras, Board President Matt Reichin and Board Member Marlene Snecinski.

P.K. said he was excited to start playing this guitar. He regularily plays for the folks at McLean. Congrats P.K. we are glad you won!

November 9, 2011 from 6 pm – 9 pm – Farmington River Watershed Association’s 58th Annual Meeting

Farmington River Watershed Association’s 58th Annual Meeting Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 6 pm – 9 pm 41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT:

Featuring Keynote Speaker Laura Wildman, Fisheries & Water Resource Engineer, Princeton Hydro; Laura will present highlights of historic New England battles over dams and fish. Plus an overview of the year’s accomplishments, a Farmington River photo exhibit and our silent auction. Social Hour Begins at 6:00 pm, Program begins at 7:00 pm RSVP with enclosed card by November 4th, 2011. Members $30 / Non-Members $35 Tickets at the door will be $40. Call (860) 658-4442 ext “0” to register. See you there!

24th Annual Farmington River Clean Up

FRWA's 24th Annual Farmington River Clean-up is set for Saturday, October 1st, from 9:30am to 2:30pm. The Clean-up is a great community event designed to get people and groups of all ages involved in cleaning up litter along the banks of the Farmington River and its tributaries. Several meeting sites will be actively cleaning the banks of the River in Avon, Barkhamsted, Burlington, Farmington, Granby, and Simsbury. After the Clean-up, volunteers are invited to FRWA’s headquarters for a family picnic where refreshments, sandwiches and pizza will be served. In addition, FRWA will pick the winner of our Guild Guitar Raffle. For more information on how you can help with the Farmington River Clean-up and to register for a specific site, please call FRWA at (860)-658-4442, extension 0.

Journey to the Headwaters

Put your own canoe or kayak atop the car and join FRWA for a trip to the Farmington River’s headwaters in Massachusetts. We will pay a visit to the river at Tolland (MA) State Forest, drive along Colebrook River Reservoir, then go to Colebrook CT to put in boats and paddle West Branch Reservoir from Hogback Dam. It’s a chance to see the river’s steep headwater terrain, and the awesome engineering projects that capture and control floodwaters from the north. Fall foliage or a passing eagle will be a plus! Participants meet in Winsted.

Cost per person: Members $10, non-members $15.

Boat and Bike (and Bistro?) Tour

An alternative triathlon? Paddle downstream on the river with FRWA and Collinsville Canoe and Kayak. Then bicycle back to your car along the Farmington River Trail. Note that there are fine eating establishments on the way back, and at the end point! Finish at approximately 4:30 if no stops. 

Cost per person: Members: Need a boat: $15; Have own boat $10; Non-members: Need a boat: $20; Have own boat: $15. Bikes are BYO. site information We will transport your bike to the canoe take-out. (All restaurant visits are on your own.)

Local Gallery Displays Etchings By Melissa Meredith

The Art Co. Gallery is displaying Etchings by Local Artist Melissa Meredith. Sales of these etchings will go to support the FRWA and we are glad to support this budding gallery. To visit The Art Co. eminent domain Gallery, please call (860) 738-9585 or email to make an appointment. The gallery expects to be open between 12-4:30 and is located at 2 Mountain View in Avon, CT across from the Old Avon Village.

River Inspired Jewelry Benefits FRWA

FRWA has a great holiday gift suggestion for you this year.  Our own Board Member and Local Artist Deborah Leonard designed this piece inspired by the River.  This jewelry is available exclusively at Bill Selig Jewelers located in Simsbury and Windsor, CT.

In Debrah’s own words on designing the piece for FRWA: The sunlight swirling in soft waves on the Farmington River was my inspiration for this jewelry design.  As a board member of FRWA, I was asked to come up with a design that would represent us.

Water is what we are about, but this organization stands for far more than our watershed alone. We join forces with a concerned planet by conserving and protecting and being advocates for this basic commodity for all life.  I wanted the design to be universal and beautiful.  Hopefully, you will agree that Bill Selig’s pieces in precious metals have done this.

Bill Selig Jeweler’s, in Simsbury and Windsor, is selling my design in white gold, gold, sterling silver and gold plate over sterling silver.  It can be purchased as pendants in large, medium, or small as well as earrings, lapel pins and money clips.

I donated my design to this project and Bill gives FRWA a donation for every piece he sells. The slip of paper with information accompanying each piece was designed by Group 4, Simsbury as a donation to FRWA.

You can help us protect this precious resource by purchasing a piece for the Holidays, a birthday, or anniversary. The Farmington River Watershed benefits from each sale. That means we can protect, educate and advocate for you.

For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.” Sandra Postel, Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, 2003

Thank you to all who have or will purchase this jewelry.

–    Sincerely Deborah Leonard