FRWA Aquatic Insect Sampling (RBV) Workshop

FRWA Aquatic Insect Sampling (RBV) Workshop (Part 1, indoors)
Thursday, September 28th, 2017
, 7 to 9 P.M.
FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury

FRWA Aquatic Insect (RBV) Sampling (Part 2, outdoors, in-stream)
Saturday, September 30th
2017, 9 A.M. to noon (Sampling location TBD)

Volunteers are needed to help sample for aquatic insects as indicators of water quality. Explore the fascinating life of local streams throughout the Farmington River Watershed and help us identify our high quality waters.

FRWA will hold our Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Sampling (RBV) Workshop on Thursday September 28th at FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury.  The indoor- portion of the workshop on Thursday evening will provide an overview of the RBV (Rapid Biomonitoring for Volunteers) program, demonstrate collection and identification techniques and explain the use of aquatic organisms in water quality monitoring.

Following the indoor training, participants will be able to participate in the FRWA in-stream Aquatic Insect sampling to be held on Saturday September 30th and/or join up with other experienced samplers to monitor streams during the fall, throughout the Farmington River Watershed.

For the in-stream sampling, participants wade into the water, collect organisms into a net, sort and identify and preserve a representative sample for verification. The program follows CT DEEP Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) protocol and results help FRWA and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identify high quality streams and monitor water quality changes in the Farmington River Watershed.

No previous experience necessary, new volunteers are paired with experienced team leaders for sampling and older children are welcome with an adult. Outdoor sampling will be held rain or shine; please dress for the weather and bring footwear to wade into the water (waders, water shoes or old sneakers). Space is limited, advance registration is required. Please contact FRWA at 860-658-4442 or email river@frwa.org to register.

Stream Bugs & Pond Critters – September 24, 10-noon

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 reregister through the Winding Trails website:  https://www.windingtrails.org/register/?id=740

Date: Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Time: 10:00 am to noon

Ages: All ages

Where: Nature’s Porch, Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT

Fee: Free but must preregister

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

Farmington River Archeology Canoe Trip – Saturday July 22, 2017

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.  Trip starts at 9:00 am.

Pre-registration is required for canoe trips.
Canoe trips take from 2-4 hours and paddlers must be able to handle a canoe in flat water.
Cost per person:
Members: Need a boat: $20; Have a boat: $15
Non-members: Need a boat: $25; Have a boat: $20

Space is limited and trips sell out quickly!  To register, please contact FRWA at
(860) 658-4442, or email: river@frwa.org.

RESCHEDULED: Twilight on the River Canoe Trip – Saturday August 12, 2017

This trip is now rescheduled for August 12th at 5:45 pm!

Paddle our beautiful Farmington 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 will illuminate the mysteries of our river communities as daylight fades to nightfall. Trip may land after nightfall.

Summer is here and so are FRWA’s canoe trips– easy flatwater paddles for enjoying the river’s scenery, wildlife, and history.  Will you join us?  Details below!

Pre-registration is required for canoe trips.
Canoe trips take from 2-4 hours and paddlers must be able to handle a canoe in flat water.
Cost per person:
Members: Need a boat: $20; Have a boat: $15
Non-members: Need a boat: $25; Have a boat: $20

Space is limited and trips sell out quickly!  To register, please contact FRWA at (860) 658-4442, or email: river@frwa.org.

BEER TASTING May 18th to benefit the FRWA

Join the FRWA at Thomas Hooker Brewery to celebrate and protect the pristine water of our watershed while enjoying a beer tasting fundraiser!

Tickets include: incredible live music, unlimited beer tastings and a tour of the state-of the-art brewery. You can also join in the excitement of our “beer cup” auction with a wide variety of GREAT prizes and partake of the delicious and unique gourmet pretzels from The Comfort Zone Food Truck which will be parked on site (a portion of all pretzels sold will be donated back to FRWA – that’s a nice twist!).

We will also have snacks and soft drinks on hand! Tell your friends and family to come as well as we toast and support the amazing work of FRWA!

FREE EVENT: Natural Lawn Care, Thursday, April 27 6:00 pm

The FRWA and the New Hartford Land Trust want you to get your lawn in shape without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Skeptical? Attend the upcoming workshop!

Aimee Petras, Education & Outreach Coordinator for the FRWA will talk tips for mowing, seeding, watering and ways to manage common weeds and pests that can complicate natural lawn care. She will cover six rules of a green lawn and will also address weeds, grubs and other lawn problems. Bring your questions! Learn new ways to maintain your lawn. For more information, e-mail newhartfordlandtrust@yahoo.com or call 860-480-4844.

EVENT: Natural Lawn Care Presentation – April 29, 2017, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Aimee Petras, Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Farmington River Watershed Association wants you to get your lawn in shape without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Skeptical?  Attend her upcoming workshop on April 29 from 9-10:30 am at Winding Trails in Farmington.  She will outline tips for mowing, seeding, watering and ways to manage common weeds and pests that can complicate natural lawn care. You will leave knowing steps you need to take including getting a soil test through mowing techniques. Additionally, we’ll delve into common lawn problems such as grubs and thatch. Registration is required by three days prior. Register here: https://www.windingtrails.org/register/?id=717. 

EVENT: The Future of Our Forests: Stewarding Our Lands Thoughtfully

6:00 p.m. | Simsbury Public Library Program Room
RSVP’s are required by April 10

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 Future of Our Forests: Stewarding Our Lands Thoughtfully

This Regional Forum will feature Dr. Edward Faison, Senior Ecologist from Highstead, a regional organization in Redding, CT dedicated to forest research and long term monitoring. Dr. Faison will present information on how municipalities and land trusts can establish a landscape and historical approach to stewarding our protected preserves and better understand How, When and Why we should monitor and manage our forests.

We will provide a light supper at 6:00 pm with the program starting at 7:00 pm on April 17 in the Program Room at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT.

Questions and RSVP’s (by April 10th) to Helen Peterson, hkpeterson@comcast.net.

S. 617 Passes Committee!

FRWA note: Follow the Bill Progress here:  S.617 Progress

Just two weeks after reintroducing the bill in the Senate, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) applauded the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday for passing the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act – legislation Murphy has sponsored since serving in the House of Representatives that would create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook. The bill, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and cosponsored by U.S. Representative John Larson (CT-1), now awaits passage in the Senate.

“Connecticut residents have spent more than a decade working hard to protect the Farmington River and Salmon Brook, and today’s passage is proof that my colleagues in Washington are paying attention,” said Murphy. “We’re now another step closer to getting this bill signed into law. I won’t stop fighting until we do.”

“Today’s passage is great news for all of us who have been tirelessly fighting to protect and preserve this truly wild and scenic treasure. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this bill across the finish line.”

With protective designation as a “wild and scenic river,” the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook – which runs through ten Connecticut towns – could receive as much as $100,000 in federal funding to assist volunteers and officials with conservation efforts. The upper portion of the river was given protected status in 1994.

Murphy, Esty, Blumenthal, and Larson have continuously pushed for the Lower Farmington River’s Wild & Scenic designation. Last year, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act for the first time ever. Former U.S. Representative Nancy Johnson, who was Murphy’s predecessor in the U.S. House of Representatives, helped enact legislation that initiated the study on which the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act is based. The study was completed in 2011 and confirmed the suitability of designating the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook as Wild & Scenic.