Water Awareness – Meet, Watch, Discuss

Enjoy an inspiring morning with folks like you who want to join in protecting natural resources from undue exploitation and harm. We are sponsoring our partner, the Pequabuck River Watershed Association, who has invited a wide range of people who care about holding on to healthy land, air, food and wildlife and want to learn more about present and potential threats to the sustainability of our environment. Join us!


10:30 – 11:00 AM
Discover, meet, and learn about conservation efforts near you.

11:00 – 12:20 PM View film: “Water & Power: A California Heist”

12:20 – 12:45 PM Hear, discuss, and help identify environmental priorities in CT and see how you can help grassroots environmental efforts succeed.

2019 Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference

Many Waters, One State:
Uniting CT’s Lake, River, Wetland & Long Island Sound Citizen Science Communities


Friday, April 5, 2019
8:30a – 4:00p

Three Rivers Community College
Norwich, CT

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Connecticut’s volunteer water monitoring program and Citizen Science Day 2019, we invite you to join us for an exciting day of learning, collaboration, and inspiration!

Join us for a full-day of informative presentations, inspiring speakers, and stimulating networking! Who should attend? Anyone currently conducting volunteer water monitoring in Connecticut… Teachers seeking to integrate water monitoring into their courses…NGOs and municipal commissions wanting to start a new local water monitoring program…Water experts willing to share their knowledge with volunteers…You!



Presented by CT DEEP, FRWA and:

Double your Donation today!

FRWA is prepping for the new year! Here’s a preview….


More kids on the river: You can help us team up next year with youth programs in Greater Hartford and around the Valley. With our partners, we will introduce more kids to river recreation, river safety, and (importantly) river-related careers.

Less pollution in the river: Polluted stormwater runoff is our #1 water quality issue and it enters the river from a multitude of sources. Help us become River Smart and we can tackle the problem together, from grassroots to government!

Wild and Scenic River: 2019 is the celebration of 25 years since the Upper Farmington River received its designation. We hope to make headway with the bills for designating 62 miles of the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook this coming year!


DOUBLE YOUR DONATION! Now is the time to make a special holiday contribution to FRWA. A generous FRWA supporter will match all gifts in December, up to a total of $20,000. We have already raised $10,705 – halfway to our $20,000 goal! Can we count on your support to make twice the impact for the Farmington River watershed?

Thank you for all your support. We can’t do it without you!

Happy holidays!

FRWA Annual Meeting

What a year! From workshops, river cleanups, rain garden designs, water quality monitoring, internships, film festival and more we have had yet another great year here at the watershed.

Join us to review and discuss river topics, the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, and FRWA’s projects. In celebration of 50 years of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, the Farmington River Quilt will be exhibited at the Annual Meeting!

The quilt is a beautiful rendition of the Farmington River with 24 different artists’ interpretation of sections along the Wild & Scenic segment of the river. The quilt has an immense impact as artwork and as a representation of our beautiful river.

Beverages, appetizers, and desserts will be served! $20 per person.
Please RSVP: Call 860-658-4442 ex203 or email: apetras@frwa.org

Vote Yes on #2 to Protect State Parks and Forests

Public lands need your vote! The November 6th election offers the chance to protect our state parks, forests, and wildlife management areas. Much of the Farmington River and its tributaries run through state-owned land. Protecting these lands permanently is beneficial to the health of the watershed and for public access to beautiful spots along the river. Your “Yes Vote on Ballot Question #2” can directly affect these public lands now and in the future!

Currently, the Connecticut General Assembly can legally sell, trade or give away state-owned land including state park and state forest land WITHOUT a public hearing. This means that state land can be lost to the public without any public input.

Voting “Yes” on ballot Question #2 would ensure transparency and a higher standard to protect your public lands. If this ballot measure passes, the following would be required BEFORE the CT General Assembly could sell, swap, or give away your public lands:

  • A public hearing; and
  • A 2/3rds vote by the Legislature for State Parks and Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, state-owned agricultural lands, and other valuable state-owned public lands

For more information about Ballot Question #2, go to ctwoodlands.org and protectctpubliclands.org

Vote Yes on #2 and help spread the word about this important question!  

Farmington River Quilt Exhibition at the State Capitol – October 1st-30th


Hosted by Farmington River Coordinating Committee. 

This October marks 50 years of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, which is important for the Farmington River. The Upper 14 miles of the West Branch Farmington River were designated as a Wild & Scenic River in 1994 due to its outstandingly remarkable natural, recreational, historic, and cultural values. In celebration of this event, the Farmington River Quilt will be exhibited at the State Capitol. The quilt is a beautiful rendition of the Farmington River with 25 different artists’ interpretation of sections along the Wild & Scenic segment of the river. The quilt has an immense impact as artwork and as an educational piece.

The event opening will be held in Room 1-C of the Legislative Office Building on Monday, October 1st, 2018 at 10:30 AM. Guest Speakers:

  • State Senator Kevin Witkos
  • Betsey Wingfield, CT DEEP Bureau Chief; Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse
  • David Sinish, Interim Executive Director, Farmington River Watershed Association and FRWA Representative on FRCC
  • Liz Lacy, Farmington River Coordinating Committee Director, and National Park Service Representative on FRCC
  • Roger Behrens, Town of Barkhamsted Representative on FRCC

During the month of October, the quilt will be exhibited in the walkway between the Legislative Office Building and the Capitol, in Hartford.

The Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) is integral to the implementation of the Upper Farmington River Management Plan. The Committee is comprised of appointed representatives from the five riverfront towns, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Metropolitan District Commission, National Park Service, Farmington River Watershed Association, and Farmington River Anglers Association.


Opening Ceremonies: October 1: 10:30 AM

Room 1-C Legislative Office Building

300 Capitol Ave #5100, Hartford, CT

The event is free and open to the public through October 30th

More details at www.farmingtonriverquilt.org 

Award-Winning Author Tim Palmer Presents – Sept. 30 2:30 PM

September 30, 2:30-4 PM – Hosted by the Farmington River Coordinating Committee

Tim will show his photographs and share stories about the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, a vital public initiative. Please join us in celebrating this path-breaking approach to conservation at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 30 at Canton Community Center, sponsored by Farmington River Coordinating Committee.

Tim Palmer is the author and photographer of 25 books about rivers, the environment, and adventure travel. As a writer, citizen conservationist, and environmental planner he has been involved in the Wild & Scenic Rivers system almost since its founding. See his work at www.timpalmer.org.


Stream Bugs & Pond Critters – September 23 10-12 PM

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.





RBV Workshops: Sept 27 & 29

Help us identify high-quality waters:

     – Become part of FRWA’s Citizen Science Monitoring Team

     – Join us to sample streams for aquatic insects as water quality indicators

RBV (Rapid Biomonitoring for Volunteer) workshops train volunteers to sample water quality by learning how to net and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) that live in our streams. The types, number and diversity of these aquatic macro-invertebrates are indicators of water quality. Results help FRWA and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identify high-quality streams and monitor water quality changes in the Watershed. Data is published in an online annual report by the CT DEEP. FRWA will hold a two-part training and sampling workshop:

Part 1, Indoor: Thursday, September 27, from 7-9 PM at FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Overview presentation of the CT DEEP’s RBV program; we will provide materials, demonstrate techniques and explain the use of aquatic organisms in water quality monitoring.

Part 2, Outdoor: Saturday, September 29, from 9 AM – noon, (location TBD) Following the indoor training, participants will be able to participate in stream sampling. Experienced team leaders will be on hand to guide you through the process. No experience necessary and older children are welcome with an accompanying adult. Sampling will be held rain or shine; dress weather-appropriately and bring footwear for wading in water.

Advance registration required, email river@frwa.org or call 860-658-4442 to register. Let us know if you have a good, accessible riffle on a clean, rocky, babbling brook flowing through your property that you would allow us to access to sample.


Volunteers Needed! September 29, 10 AM-2 PM – Farmington River Cleanup

Want to spend a morning outside, on the banks of a beautiful river or stream, helping to make it look even better?  Every year FRWA hosts a River Cleanup along the banks of the Farmington River from Winsted to Windsor. It’s a great opportunity to do something wonderful for your river.

We will provide all the supplies for the big day (gloves and bags), as well as snacks including sandwiches from Antonio’s 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.

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 a great opportunity to make new friends. Please call FRWA at 860-658-4442 or email apetras@frwa.org to register.

Cleanup starting locations

Avon: The Lions Club of Avon coordinates this location at Fisher Meadows.

Bloomfield: Coordinated by Wintonbury Land Trust.

Barkhamsted: TBD. Please call to register for this site.

Collinsville: Meet at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak. Our most popular site! Snacks provided.

Simsbury:  Meet on the front lawn of FRWA headquarters. This is our main spot and also the place to grab a sandwich, pizza slice 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 Cleanup at (860) 658-4442 or email your registration with a preferred meet up location to apetras@frwa.org.  See you there!