FRWA Aquatic Insect Sampling (RBV) Workshop

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 and help us identify our high quality waters.

FRWA Aquatic Insect Sampling (RBV) Workshop (Part 1, indoors)
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 , 7 to 9 PM
FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury

FRWA Aquatic Insect (RBV) Sampling (Part 2, outdoors, in-stream)
Saturday, October 1st 2016, 10 AM to noon
(We’ll let you know where to meet after you sign up.)

The indoor- portion of the workshop on Wednesday evening will provide an overview of the RBV (Rapid Biomonitoring for Volunteers) program, demonstrate collection and identification techniques and explain the use of aquatic organisms in water quality monitoring.  Following the indoor training, participants will be able to participate in the FRWA in-stream Aquatic Insect sampling to be held on Saturday October 1st and/or join up with other experienced samplers to monitor streams during the fall, throughout the Farmington River Watershed.

For the in-stream sampling, 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 identify high quality streams and monitor water quality changes in the Farmington River Watershed.

No previous experience necessary, new volunteers are paired with experienced team leaders for sampling and older children are welcome with an adult. Outdoor sampling will be held rain or shine; please dress for the weather and bring footwear to wade into the water (waders, water shoes or old sneakers). Space is limited, advance registration is required. Please contact FRWA at 860-658-4442 or email river@frwa to register.

(Experienced samplers please contact FRWA to borrow equipment and sample your favorite stream riffle and/or to sign up to be a team leader on the scheduled sampling day.)

FRWA Aquatic Insect Sampling (RBV) Workshop (Part 1, indoors)
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 , 7 to 9 PM
FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury

FRWA Aquatic Insect (RBV) Sampling (Part 2, outdoors, in-stream)
Saturday, October 1st 2016, 10 AM to noon
(We’ll let you know where to meet after you sign up.)

 

STREAM BUGS & POND CRITTERS September 25th, 10AM – Noon

Discover the fascinating underwater life of our watershed with FRWA Water Quality Monitoring 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 which is Winding Trails’ beautiful certified Connecticut grown building. We 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. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the event; please register through the Winding Trails website.

Date: Sunday, September 25th

Time: 10:00 am to noon

Ages: All ages

Where: Nature’s Porch, Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT

Fee: Free but must pre-register

 

Saville Dam and Old Barkhamsted Hollow Bus Tour & Short Hike – Oct. 22

TRIP FULL!! 

Join us on Saturday October 22nd 2016, 10 am to 3 pm, for a tour deep inside the bowels of the Saville Dam followed by a trek through Old Barkhamsted Hollow.  The history and preservation of our watershed is interwoven with the story of the Metropolitan District and the pursuit of clean drinking water for Greater Hartford.

The operator of the Saville Dam will guide us through the works of the earthen embankment impoundment that backs up the 30 billion gallon Barkhamsted reservoir providing drinking water for Greater Hartford. After touring the dam, we venture onto the reservoir lands where the MDC forester will explain, over our lunch, how the MDC manages forest diversity for water quality.

Then Barkhamsted Historian, Erik Landgraf will tour 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. Mr. Landgraf will bring the old town roaring back to life as he regales us with vignettes of life in the village, as past and present eerily meet. Then it’s hands on in the old Barkhamsted Center schoolhouse; we’ll see what you remember of your school days.

Pre-registration is required, space is limited, contact FRWA at (860) 658-4442, or email: river@frwa.org to register; Tour begins at 10:00 am, dress for the weather, wear footwear to walk in the woods, pack a lunch and water.

Volunteers Needed! Join our Annual River Clean-Up September 24, 10am to 2pm

Last year, over 200 volunteers joined together to remove trash from the banks of the Farmington River.  We are  securing all the supplies for the big day (gloves, bags, napkins, apples, apple cider, etc) and lining up our lunch and breakfast offerings for volunteers including sandwiches from Antonio’s, coffee from Starbucks and Pizza from Little City Pizza.  We are on the lookout for pick-up trucks or other large vehicles that can help us get trash to the dumpsters donated by Waste Material Trucking Company of Unionville, CT.

So where will you be?  We do need lots of volunteers! If you are part of another group that might be interested, please let us know.  Join us to meet your watershed neighbors and help us keep your neighborhood clean; it’s guaranteed you will make new friends.  Please call FRWA at (860) 658-4442 or email apetras@frwa.org to register.

A Sample of our Clean-Up Meet-up Locations

Avon: The Lions Club of Avon takes responsibility for cleaning Fisher Meadows and they do a great job, year after year.

Barkhamsted:  Call for meet up location.

Bloomfield:  A brand new location this year! Meet us at Farmington River Park. Clean up from 10-noon.

Collinsville – We will meet at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak and will have a tent and snacks available.  This is our most popular site thanks to area residents!

Farmington: Meet at the Town Hall Complex. Register for details.

Simsbury:  Meet on the front lawn of FRWA headquarters. This is our main spot and also the place to grab some breakfast before heading out or get some pizza and other lunch items after you are done.

Windsor: Meet at Windsor Town Hall (please register for specifics) to clean popular Windsor Locations such as The Boat Launch at the reservoir and Pleasant Street Park.

Call FRWA to sign-up yourself, your family, or your group for the Clean-Up at (860) 658-4442 or email your registration with a preferred meet-up location to apetras@frwa.org.  And see you there!

 

TvilleStock 2016! Important Announcement! July 22, 23, & 24, 2016

The organizers of the Jamie McEwan 2016 Whitewater Triple Crown have an important announcement:

Jamie McEwan 2016
Whitewater Triple Crown
has become

TvilleStock 2016!
July 22, 23, & 24, 2016

Although a drought has “dampened” our prospects for our traditional Triple Crown, we remain undaunted in our pursuit of whitewater paddling fun. So this year, we are changing up our event and planning a less formal, more festive occasion.

There will be no formal competitions, the river flow is to low for that. Instead we invite everyone to join us to on the river for informal coaching and paddling fun. We will have whitewater professionals with us to teach and inspire. This year it’s about getting out there and “showing up”.

We will be setting up and getting started on Friday, July 22. There will be some slalom gates for practice and learning. Slalom is a great way to improve paddling skills and addictively fun. We will find whatever features the river has for freestyle and river running practice.

Jamie McEwan 2016 Whitewater Triple Crown – July 22, 23, & 24, 2016

Friday, July 22: Clinic and Practice
Saturday July 23: Slalom
Sunday July 24: Down River Race & Freestyle

JOIN US!!! We need registrants and volunteers.  Click here for more information and to sign up!

The 2016 edition of the Whitewater Triple Crown brings a slight change in format. First, we are offering a “Paddle with the Pro’s” Day Clinic on Friday, July 22. This is open to any paddler with a desire to learn about river running, slalom racing, or freestyle. This low-key session is aimed at any paddler hoping to pick up a few tips from whitewater’s best. The format will be loose and friendly, emphasizing fun and learning. The clinic time will be from approximately 11:00AM to 4:00PM.

Previously, we’ve held individual events on Saturday, and the Triple Crown Championship on Sunday. This year, there will be only one run of each event. The slalom race will take place on Saturday, July 23. On Sunday July 24, there will be the the down river race and the Freestyle competition.

The scoring for the Triple Crown will remain the same, 33 points for 1st, 32 for 2nd, 31 for 3rd….for each event, men’s and women’s, regardless of boat or Class. One additional bonus point for participating in all three (a perfect score equals 100).

 

Suffield Workshop POSTPONED

Throughout the Spring and Summer, Education and Outreach Coordinator Aimee Petras presents her Natural Lawn Care Workshop for interested homeowners and citizens in the Farmington River Watershed.

Want to learn more about grubs and ways to control them?

Want to know why you have so many dandelions (and crab grasses and other common weeds)?

Attend our Lawn Care Workshop and learn all about the answers to these questions and more.  All are free and open to the public.

  • May 18th, 6-8 pm, Barnes Nature Center, Bristol.
  • June 29th, 6-8 pm, Suffield Town Hall at 83 Mountain Road, Suffield. http://tinyurl.com/FRWAlawn

Want a Greener Lawn? Attend a Natural Lawn Care Workshop – May 18th

Throughout the Spring and Summer, Education and Outreach Coordinator Aimee Petras presents her Natural Lawn Care Workshop for interested homeowners and citizens in the Farmington River Watershed.

Want to learn more about grubs and ways to control them?

Want to know why you have so many dandelions (and crab grasses and other common weeds)?

Attend our Lawn Care Workshop and learn all about the answers to these questions and more.  All are free and open to the public.

  • April 30, 9:00-10:30 am, Nature’s Porch, Winding Trails, Farmington. Register here: https://www.windingtrails.org/register/?id=605
  • May 18th, 6-8 pm, Barnes Nature Center, Bristol.
  • June 29th, 6-9 pm, Suffield Town Hall at 83 Mountain Road, Suffield.

Want a Greener Lawn? Attend a Natural Lawn Care Workshop – April 30th

Throughout the Spring and Summer, Education and Outreach Coordinator Aimee Petras presents her Natural Lawn Care Workshop for interested homeowners and citizens in the Farmington River Watershed.

Want to learn more about grubs and ways to control them?

Want to know why you have so many dandelions (and crab grasses and other common weeds)?

Attend our Lawn Care Workshop and learn all about the answers to these questions and more.  All are free and open to the public.

  • April 30, 9:00-10:30 am, Nature’s Porch, Winding Trails, Farmington. Register here: https://www.windingtrails.org/register/?id=605
  • May 18th, 6-8 pm, Barnes Nature Center, Bristol.
  • June 29th, 6-9 pm, Suffield Town Hall at 83 Mountain Road, Suffield.

 

A Toast to Spring: Wine for the Watershed, April 7

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Event to Benefit FRWA Being Held April 7

FRWA is pleased to announce A Toast to Spring, Wine for the Watershed fundraising event being held at the Farmington Community Center at 321 New Britain Avenue on April 7th from 7-9pm.

The event will feature a silent auction as well as a wine tasting with Steve Leon from Wine Cellars 4 who will showcase a selection of wines from around the world. Attendees will also enjoy hors d’oeuvres, coffee and desserts while tasting wines and bidding on local and regional silent auction items.

Silent auction items include a kayak with paddle and pfd, fishing trips on the Farmington, concert and theater tickets, sporting events, paintings, and gear from local retailers. Attendees will get a free poster of the Farmington River (value $10-15) and a chance at a door prize from Bill Selig Jewelers (value $25).

All proceeds from the event will help FRWA to protect water quality and foster environmental stewardship throughout the Farmington River Watershed.

Tickets are $30 per person. To order, call (860) 658-4442, email apetras@frwa.org or buy from the Eventbright app below.