Award-Winning Author Tim Palmer Presents

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 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 Rivers 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 guest speakers, light refreshments and a raffle 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.

Receive in the mail

Mail a check to FRWA ($20 per ticket)
Farmington River Watershed Association

749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT 06070

-or-

Receive via email

Purchase online ($21.83 per ticket)

 

 

Jamie McEwan 2018 Whitewater Triple Crown – July 13, 14, 15

After two years of drought and low water, we arePicture hosting the Triple Crown again!

Since July has such variability with water levels here, we need to keep some flexibility in our format. This year we aim to hold each event (slalom, downriver, and freestyle) only once. This will help decompress the busy schedule and should make everything more fun for everyone.

Friday, July 13: Set-up, registration and practice
Saturday, July 14: Slalom and “Free Ride”
Sunday, July 15: Downriver and Freestyle

“Free Ride Revolution” – ​Saturday Afternoon

River running and playing our way down the river is the essence of whitewater paddling. This year we are adding an “Experimental” event-  a Free Ride race that combines running the river, negotiating slalom gates and throwing in freestyle tricks all in one race.

Friday, July 13: Registration opens at 3PM
Saturday July 14: Registration at 9AM, on the water about 10 AM-4PM
Sunday July 15: On the water about 10 AM-3PM

JOIN US!!!

FRWA Executive Director Search – Apply Today

FRWA is looking for our new Executive Director. This search is being conducted by TSNE MissionWorks’ Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant John Tarvin. All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential. Interested candidates should submit materials to:

http://www.tsne.org/executive-director-farmington-river-watershed-association

Please include a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements, information regarding how you learned of the position, and a description of how your qualifications and experience match FRWA’s needs and mission. All submissions of candidacy will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget.
FRWA is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.

To learn more about the position and how to apply, download the PDF at the link below.

FRWA ED 2018 Position Description

River Stewards (Summer Staff) 2018

The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) is accepting applications for River Stewards for summer 2018.  River Stewards will work in the field, laboratory, and office on several projects, including weekly water quality sampling and analysis; assessments of aquatic animal passage at road-stream crossings as weather permits; outreach (live and online) to promote safe and responsible river recreation; and assisting with FRWA’s “River Smart” outreach activities.

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 drinking water for over 450,000 people in greater Hartford.  Though intensively managed, it still faces challenges to its water quality and aquatic life.

FRWA is the private, non-profit organization, founded in 1953, that is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring the Farmington River and its watershed.  (see www.frwa.org.)  Seasonal positions at FRWA provide broad experience in watershed management, monitoring, planning, and public education, and balancing the many demands made on this natural resource.

Overview:  River Steward seasonal staff are based in FRWA’s office in Simsbury, CT.  They have responsibilities typical for entry-level professional positions in watershed associations.  Their work entails travel throughout watershed towns as needed.  Seasonal staff are expected to work up to 24 hours per week, depending on need and weather, for up to 11 weeks from late May or early June through early to mid-August.   Most work is during regular weekday hours but early morning, evening, or weekend hours are sometimes required.   Indoor work is expected to be done in the FRWA office, to allow interaction with team members.

Seasonal staff will participate in:

Water quality monitoring.  FRWA provides water quality data to the CT DEEP as part of state 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 at least one seasonal staff every Monday and Tuesday.   It includes training; collecting water samples from the field; laboratory preparation and analysis of samples for bacteria, data quality assurance and entry.  Other tasks may include placing temperature data loggers, choosing additional sampling sites, and field collection of benthic macroinvertebrates.

Stream crossing assessments.   Seasonal staff 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 also identifies crossings vulnerable to failure in extreme storm events.  We use the protocol of the North Atlantic Aquatic Continuity Collaborative (NAACC), used by other agencies and organizations throughout the Northeast.   Data are uploaded to a regional database for viewing and analysis.  Seasonal staff undergo mandatory training and testing in the protocol; obtain and record data at field sites; and assist with reviewing and uploading data.  Note, this work is highly dependent on appropriate stream flow conditions.  Drought will significantly reduce the hours available.

Public education and outreach.  This may entail face-to-face interaction with recreational users to encourage safe practices and good river etiquette, maintaining a lively online presence for FRWA on our website and in social media, and participating in programs, events, and field trips for youth and the general public.

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.  Seasonal staff are expected to:

  • Work well on a team or independently, and be at ease with a variety of people;
  • Have excellent written, verbal, and online communication skills;
  • Represent FRWA in a friendly and professional manner;
  • Have their own reliable transportation at all times;
  • Commit and adjust to weekly hours that vary 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 outdoors and cope with poison ivy, thorns, ticks, insects, and wildlife;
  • Have experience in safe guidance of youngsters in an outdoor setting;
  • Be diligent about details when analyzing, recording, and uploading data;
  • Be familiar with (or quickly learn) basics of GIS software, Google Maps, and use of GPS units;
  • Be good organizers and take responsibility for the success of an event or activity;
  • Be communicative and accountable, with “deliverables” that are complete and timely.

Compensation.  To be determined, based upon available funding.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and two writing samples to:

Aimee Petras, FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT  06070  or apetras@frwa.org

Deadline.   Submission before May 15 is highly recommended.   Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

The Planet, Our Forests, and Championship Trees – Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00pm

The Town of Simsbury, the Simsbury Land Trust, the Canton Land Conservation Trust and the Farmington River Watershed Association cordially invite you to attend: “The Planet, Our Forests, and Championship Trees“. This regional forum will be held in the Program Room at the Simsbury Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT and led by Eric Hammerling, Executive Director of Connecticut Forest and Parks Association.

Forum participants are:

  • Dr. William Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University and Founding Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. Dr. Moomaw was the lead author of five (5) reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its climate work in 2007. Dr. Moomaw will present data on the dynamic relationship between forests and the earth’s climate with a focus on the forests of North America and New England.
  • Robert Leverett, a recognized expert on old growth forests and large trees. Recently Mr. Leverett re-measured the Pinchot Sycamore and has submitted it for consideration as a National Champion. Mr. Leverett’s stunning photos will showcase our Pinchot Sycamore and some of the amazing trees and old growth forests in the region.

Check-in and a light supper will be available starting at 6:00 PM to provide time for socializing. Groups are invited to bring maps, handouts and event information. The formal program will begin at 7:00 PM.

This regional forum is a follow up to our last forum held in April 2017, “The Future of Our Forests: Stewarding Our Lands Thoughtfully” that featured Dr. Ed Faison, Senior Ecologist from Highstead, a regional organization in Redding, CT dedicated to forest research and long term monitoring. Dr. Faison’s presentation is available on the Simsbury Town Website, and can be found clicking this link.

Questions and RSVP’s (by Friday April 20th) to Helen Peterson kpeterson@comcast.net

Natural Lawn Care – Winding Trails in Farmington – April 28, 2018 9:00-10:30am

NATURAL LAWN CARE

The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) and Winding Trails are teaming up for this timely workshop. Aimee Petras, the Education & Outreach Coordinator at the FRWA, will present this program that covers how to manage your lawn without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We will outline the steps you need to take including getting a soil test through mowing techniques to manage weeds. Additionally, we’ll delve into common lawn problems such as grubs and thatch. Registration is required by Wednesday, April 25th.  Please register through the Winding Trails website at http://www.windingtrails.org/register/?id=835