Lecture Series: Spoonville Un-dammed, a Shad Story, October 24th, 7:30-8:30pm

Speaker: Eileen Fielding, FRWA

This presentation is a classic example of the historic back-and-forth conflict between fish and water power.  It will highlight the removal of Spoonville Dam from the Farmington River in the summer of 2012, describing how and why it was done.  It will also cover some of the dam’s eventful history, and discuss the effects of the dam removal on the river’s many uses and functions.

Location: Roaring Brook Nature Center

To RSVP or for more information, call 860-658-4442.

Lecture Series: Testing the River, October 17th, 7:30-8:30pm

Speaker: Alisa Phillips-Griggs, FRWA

Learn about the Farmington River Watershed Association’s extensive water quality program. What are we monitoring for, what are we finding and what are we doing to improve water quality in the Farmington River Watershed?

Location: Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

To RSVP or for more information, call 860-658-4442.

Lecture Series: Capturing the Wild and Scenic, August 29th, 7:30-8:30pm

Speaker: Tom Cameron, Photographer

A constant stream of photographs will be used to see the river through different seasons, locations and times of the day.  Most are obtained on the river via kayak, canoe and wading and allow a view of the river that few have a chance to see.  They range between Riverton and Simsbury and include favorite subjects such as classic waterscapes, fog, reflections, mirror-like symmetry, rapids and kayaks, wildlife, trees, webs and even a few abstracts.  Practical considerations for river photography will be included as will a short overview of how & why I use digital photography chong qi cheng bao.

Location: Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

To RSVP or for more information, call 860-658-4442.Wild & Scenic Farmington

Photo Credit: Tom Cameron

"Celebrity Rehab for Your Lawn"

Recently FRWA was forwarded an email from the Ecological Landscape Association that had a post about Celebrity Rehab for your Lawns and Soil.  Often people choose chemical lawn care because it is easier but when they start to think of the ecological impacts of their decision they try to convert back to natural lawn care often with mixed results (some would say disastrous).  The article really explains the steps that organic landscapers take to get your soil and lawn back in shape.  This is a great read!  Check it out!

FRWA is a longtime promoter of using organic means to manage your lawn.  If you are unfamiliar with our efforts please visit our pesticide free lawn page here:  http://frwa.org/what-we-do/advocacy/pollutants/pesticide-free-lawn-initiative/

Thursday August 1, 9:00am, Mid-week Morning Paddle with FRWA

Skip out for a cool weekday morning paddle. Come play on the river with us and learn about what FRWA is up to. We’re all coming out for this one.

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: river@frwa.org 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

Saturday July 20, 9:00am, Farmington River Archeology 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: river@frwa.org to register. 

Canoe trips V?r opm?rksom pa, at du som regel ikke ma spille online roulette i forbindelse med din casino bonus. 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

A Cautionary Remark on High Flows

Recent tragedies remind us all that the present high flows in the river demand respect.  Before planning an outing at this time, check the river flows.  At this time (mid June after heavy rain), many places are safe only for experts, or simply unsafe.  Links to Farmington River flows at various spots is available at:  http://frwa.org/river-info/river-flows-forecasts/

At any time, what a particular flow level means for YOUR safety depends on many factors.   There is no flow level at which river recreation is guaranteed safe for everyone.  In addition to flow, consider local conditions (such as downed trees, rocks, steep banks, etc.), weather, and your own level of experience and fitness before going in the river.  Use the right equipment, such as life jackets and helmets.  Comments on the flow level’s degree of hazard may be found at http://www.mainstreamcanoe.com/thisRiver.asp?LocationID=2 or (for Tariffville) http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/443

An online safety course for paddlers is available at:  http://www.boaterexam.com/paddling/default.aspx

PLEASE BE SAFE.

FRWA Wins 2013 Environmental Champion Award

On June 8, FRWA was named a 2013 Environmental Champion (Non-Profit category) by the Aquarion Water Company.  The award, which comes with a $2,500 prize, was presented on June 8, at Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, by CT DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty.  Also present to recognize the awardees were Aquarion’s President, Chuck Firlotte, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Representative Elizabeth Esty.

FRWA won out over other strong non-profit candidates because of our sustained team effort to remove Spoonville Dam.  It was described as a success story that illustrates perfectly how FRWA works: by coordinating the support of many, to bring about river restoration that benefits all.  We thank you, and all the partners and supporters who helped FRWA earn this prominent recognition!  See details at http://www.aquarion.com/CT.cfm/section/2013Awards/page/2013AwardWinners