DEEP has banned Alcohol in Nepaug State Forest and Satan’s Kingdom Recreation Area

In response to recent problems and concerns in both Nepaug State Forest and Satan’s Kingdom, the consumption and possession of alcohol has been banned by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in these areas from July 29 until October 26, 2016. Additionally, the roads within Nepaug State Forest have been closed for the foreseeable future. DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee wants to ensure enjoyment and safety for the visitors of these areas as well as the protection of these natural resources. You can see the official press release here: DEEP Press Release.

 

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).

 

Archeology Paddle with Ken Feder, Saturday July 16, 2016

Paddle along our own ancient Native American canoe trail as we explore the fascinating culture of the people who inhabited the Farmington River Valley thousands of years ago. Learn about the latest archeological discoveries from Ken Feder, Professor of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University, and founder of the Farmington River Archeology Project.

Route:  Rte 4 bridge in Farmington to the Alsop Meadow takeout behind Nassau’s furniture store at the corner of Rte 10 and 44.

Meet at 9 AM AT ALSOP MEADOW for the shuttle to start point.

Pre-registration required!  860-658-4442 or river@frwa.org

Members: Need a boat: $20 per person; Have a boat: $15

Non-members: Need a boat: $25 per person; Have a boat: $20

Twilight Paddle with Jay Kaplan, Friday June 24, 2016

Paddle the River in the cool of evening in the company of great blue herons, muskrats, beavers, and other crepuscular wildlife. Enjoy a little night music orchestrated by native songbirds and singing insects. Jay Kaplan, Naturalist and Director of Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton will share his vast knowledge of local flora and fauna visible and/or audible along the River at sunset.  Trip may land after nightfall.  

Route:  Pinchot Sycamore on Rte 185 in Simsbury to the Curtiss Park takeout on Rte 315.   

Meet 5:45 pm AT CURTISS PARK for the shuttle to start point.

Pre-registration required!  860-658-4442 or river@frwa.org

Members: Need a boat: $20 per person; Have a boat: $15

Non-members: Need a boat: $25 per person; Have a boat: $20

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.

River Steward Internship Announcement for Summer 2016

The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) is now accepting applications for its Summer 2016 River Steward internships. Two FRWA River Steward interns will work in the field, laboratory, and office on a variety of projects, including water quality sampling and analysis, assessments of aquatic animal passage at road-stream crossings, outreach, and special grant-funded projects.  PDF copy of internship announcement here.

Background. The Farmington River is one of the most popular recreational rivers in Connecticut, with world-class trout fishing and whitewater paddling reaches, plus flatwater stretches and riverside trails. It has small scale hydropower, and provides very high quality drinking water for over 450,000 people in greater Hartford. Though intensively managed, it still faces serious challenges to its water quality and aquatic life. FRWA) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1953 and dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring the Farmington River and its watershed. (see www.frwa.org.) Internships at FRWA provide broad experience in watershed management, planning, and public education, and how agencies and organizations balance the many demands made on this natural resource.

Overview. River Steward internships are based in FRWA’s office in Simsbury, CT, and the work focuses on the lower mainstem of the Farmington and its tributaries in Canton, Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Granby, East Granby, and Windsor. The total time commitment is 280 hours, to be spent in 30- to 35-hour work weeks from June to August.

Interns work with all the staff at FRWA and have responsibilities typical for entry-level professional positions in watershed associations. Most work is on weekdays but early morning, evening, or weekend hours are sometimes required. Indoor work is expected to be done in the FRWA office rather than off-site, to allow interaction with team members and staff. Interns will participate in the following projects:

Water quality monitoring. FRWA provides water quality data to the CT DEEP, where it may be used in the state’s reports to the US EPA in compliance with the Clean Water Act. Data collection and analysis is therefore held to a high standard. Monitoring is ongoing throughout the season and requires participation from at least one intern every Monday and Tuesday. It includes training; collecting water samples from watershed streams and rivers; laboratory preparation and analysis of samples for bacteria, data quality assurance and entry. Other monitoring tasks may include placing temperature data loggers, choosing additional sampling sites, and field collection of benthic macroinvertebrates.

Stream crossing assessments. Interns will work with FRWA staff to evaluate road-stream crossings (culverts and bridges) in the lower Farmington River for their ability to allow passage of aquatic animals. The process can also identify crossings vulnerable to failure in extreme storm events. We use the protocol of the North Atlantic Aquatic Continuity Collaborative (NAACC), which is used by agencies and organizations throughout the Northeast. Data are uploaded to a regional database maintained by the UMass Extension Service, where the information is available for viewing and analysis. Interns undergo mandatory training and testing in the protocol; obtain and record data at field sites; and assist with reviewing and uploading data.

Public education and outreach. This involves both face-to-face interaction with recreational users on the river to encourage safe practices and good river etiquette, and maintaining an online presence for FRWA on our website and in social media. FRWA interns will work with FRWA staff and with the volunteer members of the Lower Farmington River Coordinating Committee to organize and implement selected outreach tasks.

Special Project Assistance. Interns can assist as needed with current grant-funded projects or advocacy efforts that are ongoing in summer 2016. These may include, but are not limited to:
• Research tasks related to the development of a statewide water plan;
• Construction of a stormwater bioswale on the campus of Northwestern CT Community College;
• Developing an EPA-approved watershed-based plan for the Pequabuck River.
Qualifications. The ideal candidate is an advanced undergraduate or recent graduate, highly motivated to pursue environmental management, restoration, or advocacy as a profession. Coursework in environmental science and experience in field work and data collection are strongly preferred. A can-do attitude, imagination, interest in learning, flexible response to circumstances, “people skills,” and good humor are important.

Job Requirements. Interns are expected to:
• Have their own reliable transportation at all times;
• Commit and adjust to a weekly schedule that varies with weather and task;
• Climb up and down steep banks and wade in rocky streams;
• Paddle a canoe or kayak in flatwater or mild current (Class 1-2);
• Work 6-8 hours outdoors in variable weather;
• Cope with poison ivy, thorns, ticks, insects, and wildlife;
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Work well on a team or independently;
• Represent FRWA in a friendly and professional manner;
• Be diligent about details when analyzing, recording, and uploading data;
• Be familiar with (or quickly learn) basics of GIS software, Google Earth, Google Maps, and using GPS units;
• Be good organizers;
• Be communicative and accountable to staff, with “deliverables” that are complete and timely.

Compensation. Each position comes with a stipend of $2,800. Travel to field sites will be compensated at $0.54 per mile. Housing is not provided. Positions are contingent on funding, which is pending at the time of announcement (Feb. 1).

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and two writing samples to: Eileen Fielding, FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 or efielding@frwa.org

Deadline. Submission before March 15 is highly recommended. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Hiring decisions are anticipated in April or early May.