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 johnnoelke@aol.com 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

US Endangered Species Found in Farmington River: Small but Significant Dwarf Wedge Mussel Discovered In Several Locations.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) surveyed 11 locations on the Farmington River between Windsor and Canton and found three previously unknown populations of the federally endangered dwarf wedge mussel, Alasmidonta heterodo. Ethan Nedeau of Biodrawversity in Amherst, MA, the contractor for USFWS, notes that “the 11 live specimens found near Avon are the largest concentration in Connecticut.”  Download the Word document to read more.

Support FRWA’s Ethel Walker Appeal and Get a Tax Credit!

The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) has recently been approved by the Simsbury Board of Selectmen and the State Department of Revenue Services to receive funding from businesses in Simsbury under the State’s Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credit program. All funding collected through this program (up to the program limit of $150,000) will be dedicated to acquiring the development rights on 424 acres at Ethel Walker School to protect an area which both overlies Simsbury’s primary drinking water aquifer and provides tremendous recreational benefits for the public. Ethel Walker School and the Trust for Public Land agreed in June to a price of $13.85 million, of which approximately $11.1 million will go to town referendum this fall. The remaining $2.75 million to be raised from private donations would be offset by donations to FRWA under this program.

If a business makes a cash donation between $250 and $75,000 to FRWA in its 2006 business year and fills out a simple Form NAA-02 (PDF file, prefilled out for this appeal) between September 15th and October 2nd, the donor business is eligible for a tax credit equaling 60% of the donation. Any tax credit that is not taken this year may be carried back to the two immediately preceding income years (beginning with the earlier of such years).

If you have any questions about the benefits of participating in this program please feel free to contact Eric Hammerling at FRWA at 658-4442, ex. 205 .

Please read our appeal letter sent to area businesses or to view our flyer on this appeal.

Fish Passage Improved Through Innovative Cooperative Project

Specially designed concrete baffles have recently been installed to assist fish passage in Nod Brook in Avon. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has funded this demonstration project in conjunction with the CT DEP Fisheries program, the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA), Anchor Management. site analysis The CT DOT owns the culvert right of way and are partners in the effort. Read the article in our Fall 2005 Newsletter or download a Word doc to read more

Volunteers Plant Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers for Butterflies and Songbirds in Farmland Demonstration Project.

The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) organized a pond buffer planting at Rosedale Farm in Simsbury in July 8th. The daylong activity created butterfly and songbird habitat, protected and beautified farmland, and improved pond life. Firemní struktury It is hoped this model farmland pond buffer demonstration project will be repeatedly copied at other farmland sites. Download the Word document to read more. This project would not be possible without the generous support of the Farmington River Coordinating Committee – the management group for the Wild & Scenic section of the Upper Farmington River and a Section 319 Non-Point Source Grant from the CT DEP