FRWA Aerial Video Fundraiser

Please help us fund a fully produced aerial video to help tell the story of the river. Your contribution will help us pay for an aerial video, professionally produced, that will show off the many splendors and uses of our beloved river. The finalized video will help us draw in more supporters, educate people about the river and its importance, and reengage existing supporters.

The price for this project is special pricing offered to us for this campaign and will be available for a limited time. Please join in to make this a successful campaign!

Link to the GoFundMe Project:


Volunteers Needed: Annual Farmington River Clean-up, September 26, 10am – 2pm

Our 28th Annual Farmington River Clean-up is set for Saturday, September 26th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

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, Bloomfield, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Granby, Simsbury and Windsor. Garbage bags and gloves are provided to all participants, through generous donations from local businesses and stores.

After the Clean-up, volunteers are invited to FRWA’s headquarters for a family picnic where refreshments, sandwiches and pizza will be served. FRWA’s office is located at 749 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, CT.

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 or email

Streambugs and Pond Critters, Sunday September 27, 10 am – Noon

Discover the fascinating underwater life of our watershed with the
Farmington River Watershed Association 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.

Led by: FRWA Water Quality & Projects Coordinator: Alisa Phillips-Griggs
Sunday September 27, 2015
10 am to Noon
Nature’s Porch, Winding Trails, Farmington, CT

River Safety: Show Your River Sense…

Now that summer’s here, the river beckons—but be safe! If you are boating or tubing, wear a life jacket. Go with someone else rather than boating alone. Let someone know of your plans. If you are separated from your companions, get back to them as soon as possible to let them know your whereabouts. And while you’re out there, make the river safer for people and wildlife—leave no glass, no trash, no fishing line or hooks.

For more river safety tips visit FRWA’s River Safety Page.

It All Happened on the Farmington River, July 1, 6:30-8pm Prosser Library

A Story of Historic Sites, Fish, Factories, Floods & FLows…..
The river has had a significant role in the Farmington Valley’s history, and that role has changed dramatically over time. Once a primary food source and travel corridor for Native Americans, the river now provides multiple services for our complex society.

FRWA’s presentation shows how the Farmington River affected early settlement, agriculture, the industrial revolution and subsequent pollution, the growth of greater Hartford, the rise of the recreation industry, and other regional historic events. The story of native fish and wildlife will be told, as it has unfolded over the centuries. Participants will gain a new appreciation for this vital resource which constitutes part of the northern boundary of Bloomfield. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is appreciated, online or by calling 860-243-9721.

Dr. Eileen Fielding, Director of the Farmington River Watershed Association since 2008, brings the story of the river to Bloomfield.  Event co-sponsored by the Wintonbury Land Trust and the library.

Natural Lawn Care: July 26th, 10:30—11:30 am, Barkhamsted

Aimee Petras, Education & Outreach Coordinator wants you to get your lawn in shape without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Skeptical? Attend her upcoming workshop on July 26, from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Barkhamsted Senior Center. She will outline tips for mowing, seeding, watering and ways to manage common weeds and pests that can complicate natural lawn care.

Defending Your Town’s Healthy Trees – Tuesday, June 23 from 4:30pm-6:30pm

Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the Connecticut Tree Wardens Association, and FRWA invite you to:

Defending Your Town’s Healthy Trees (Event Flyer Link)
Tuesday, June 23 from 4:30pm-6:30pm
Farmington Public Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Trees are a crucial piece of Connecticut’s charm, and are one of the principal reasons our citizens enjoy a high quality of life, plus they provide many additional benefits to our communities and environment. Unfortunately, we are losing thousands of healthy street trees around Connecticut to overly-aggressive utility trimming programs and could lose up to a million more over the next few years! Join us and learn what your town and citizens can do to protect healthy, structurally sound trees in your neighborhood.

Please RSVP to
Event Flyer Link

Farmington River Archeology Canoe Trip: Saturday July 18, 9:00am

Farmington River Archeology Canoe Trip –Saturday July 18, 9:00am, with Ken Feder: 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.

To participate in any of these events pre-registration is required. Space is limited and trips sell out quickly so please contact FRWA at (860) 658-4442, or email: to register.

Canoe trips take from 2-4 hours and paddlers must be able to handle a canoe in flat water. Canoes courtesy of Huck Finn Adventures, Collinsville, CT.

Cost per person:
Members: Need a boat: $20; have a boat: $15;
Non-members: Need a boat: $25; have a boat: $20

Twilight on the River Canoe Trip: Friday June 19, 5:45 pm

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 lands after nightfall.)

To participate in any of these events pre-registration is required. Space is limited and trips sell out quickly so please contact FRWA at (860) 658-4442, or email: to register.

Canoe trips take from 2-4 hours and paddlers must be able to handle a canoe in flat water. Canoes courtesy of Huck Finn Adventures, Collinsville, CT.

Cost per person:
Members: Need a boat: $20; have a boat: $15;
Non-members: Need a boat: $25; have a boat: $20

Jackson Kayak Raffle to Support FRWA & East Granby Public Library

FRWA and the East Granby Public Library are selling raffle tickets for a Jackson Kayak Kayak Raffle poster 2015Cruise Angler 12.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the East Granby Library or the FRWA office.  Drawing will be held on May 11 at 11am at the East Granby Public Library.  Winner need not be present to win.  Only 200 tickets will be sold!  Call FRWA at (860) 658-4442 to get your ticket today!

Full information abut the Jackson Kayak Cruise Angler 12 can be found on the Jackson Kayak Website. Some information is posted below.

Cruise Angler 12

The Jackson Kayak Cruise 12 Angler, similar to it’s little brother the Cruise 10 Angler, fills a variety of niches. The 12 is better suited for anglers that want/need more speed and better tracking than the 10 ft version can offer. It is also better suited for anglers that need a higher weight capacity than the 10. The Cruise 12 Angler is simply a great price point kayak for someone looking to get into kayak fishing without all the bells and whistles, but still wants enough features to make your time on the water enjoyable. It is also a great platform for an avid angler who is looking for a small versatile kayak with a minimalistic approach. The Cruise Angler 12 is perfect for fishing small to large rivers with small rapids but also tracks plenty well and carries enough speed for a jaunt on a bigger lake or inshore saltwater. With it’s stable platform, most also find it fairly easy to stand and fish in for those times when standing is necessary.