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

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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.

EVENT DETAILS:

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!

Wild & Scenic Film Festival – September 22, 6:30-9 PM

Join us at our Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Collinsville! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. 14 miles of the Farmington River is designated Wild & Scenic due to its recreational value, rare wildlife, outstanding fisheries and rich history. To celebrate the river and increase public awareness of Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Farmington River Watershed Association is hosting a Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

FRWA is curating a collection of pertinent short documentaries, including River Connections, about Partnership Wild & Scenic Rivers, which showcases our very own Farmington River. It will be a fun and illuminating evening with, door prizes, light refreshments, and a silent auction on Saturday, September 22, 6:30 to 9 PM at the Canton Town Hall Auditorium in the center of historic Collinsville.

Get your tickets today! All proceeds go to FRWA to continue efforts of preserving, protecting, and restoring the Farmington River.

Purchase online ($21.83 per ticket).

Tickets at the Door: $20 cash or check, or $21.83 for credit card payment.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Parking is available at the Town Hall parking lot (off Main St), the gravel parking lot by the Canton Historical Society (Depot St), and at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak. Each ticket entitles you to 1 free raffle ticket to be entered in for the chance to win a door prize! You may purchase more raffle tickets at the event.

Films

Documentaries on the topics of conservation, biodiversity, fly fishing, whitewater paddling, wild and scenic designation, history, activism and more will be shown at FRWA’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. More details below.

A Letter to Congress Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.

PROTECT: A Wild & Scenic River Portrait Follow river paddler, author, and conservationist Tim Palmer through the enchanting waters of Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast, which has the highest concentration of National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the US. With just a canoe, a camera, and an old van, Tim finds his bliss on these rivers. He shares their beauty while reminding us all about the significance of national Wild & Scenic Rivers program that protects beautiful rivers all across country.

 

River Connections Rivers connect and sustain us. People need water, wildlife, peace and quiet for our minds – our souls – our children. Designated Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers connect communities by fostering collaboration among local river management partners. This film follows river stewards on three rivers and highlights the inspiration, complexities and joy behind communities coming together to protect rivers.

Ganzorig and The River Wolf Ganzorig grew up in remote Northern Mongolia where his family would fish for Taimen trout in the River Eg. As an adult, it now falls to him and an international team of scientists to protect the future of the largest trout on Earth.

Wild Olympics Follow paddlers Adam and Susan Elliott as they kayak, fish, packraft and explore the wild rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. The peninsula’s wild rivers provide clean water, world-class recreation and unmatched opportunities for inspiration and solitude. They bring jobs and economic benefits to local communities and provide critical habitat for salmon, steelhead and a variety of other fish and wildlife. Wild and Scenic designation–the strongest protection a river can receive–ensures that the free-flowing character, water quality and outstanding values of these rivers are protected for generations to come.

Love of Place When an invasive species plant threatens to take over a beautiful desert river, an obsessive park ranger sets out to kill it.

(unofficial) History of the National Parks Want to know the complete story of National Parks in under four minutes? It’s hard to do, but this snappy short gives it a good shot. The (unofficial) History of National Parks covers everything from their creation to the challenges they ensure and inadvertently create; and how they provide benefit to both individuals and society.

Can we Save the Frog Prince? After surviving for millions of years, frogs around the world are disappearing in a global extinction crisis. Human activity has unleashed a deadly parasitic chytrid fungus, now spreading like wildfire through the international wildlife trade. Jonathan Kolby and the Honduras frog rescue team are racing to battle this fungus and save endangered frogs in the cloud forest of Cusuco National Park before they vanish.

Every Bend Three Montanans talk about how clean, free-flowing, wild rivers enrich their lives. We focus on the power of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and how it has benefited just a few Montana rivers, and relatively few nationwide. In doing so, we are reminded of what is at stake if we don’t protect more of our cherished rivers.

Water Warriors In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors–including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province. Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

Selah: Water from Stone Fifty Years ago David Bamberger devoted his life to restoring a neglected and overgrazed ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The result? Water from Stone. By restoring natural ecological functions, David filled hillside aquifers, brought springs back to life, created riparian habitat, and inspired a landscape movement.

The Wild President  President Jimmy Carter, an unsung environmental hero, grew up in awe of natures wonder. But it wasn’t until he first paddled the Chattooga Rivers Bull Sluice did he understand the power of a wild river. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, happening in 2018, President Carter urges all Americans to protect more wild rivers.

Pale Blue Dot Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos through an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, seeking to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living on Earth.

My Healthy Stream

FREE handbook! Do you own streamside property within the Farmington River Watershed? Eager to learn more? Contact us to receive a FREE copy of My Healthy Stream – A Handbook for Streamside Owners!

A publication of Trout Unlimited and the Aldo Leopard Foundation.

Funding for FRWA’s River Smart outreach program is provided in part from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

 

To receive your copy, contact:
Laura Hart
Project Manager of River Smart
860-658-4442 ex 203 lhart@frwa.org