Wild & Scenic 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, door prizes, light refreshments, and a silent auction 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.

Purchase online ($21.83 per ticket).

Tickets at the Door: $20 cash or check, or $21.83 for credit card payment.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Parking is available at the Town Hall parking lot (off Main St), the gravel parking lot by the Canton Historical Society (Depot St), and at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak. Each ticket entitles you to 1 free raffle ticket to be entered in for the chance to win a door prize! You may purchase more raffle tickets at the event.

Films

Documentaries on the topics of conservation, biodiversity, fly fishing, whitewater paddling, wild and scenic designation, history, activism and more will be shown at FRWA’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. More details below.

A Letter to Congress Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.

PROTECT: A Wild & Scenic River Portrait Follow river paddler, author, and conservationist Tim Palmer through the enchanting waters of Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast, which has the highest concentration of National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the US. With just a canoe, a camera, and an old van, Tim finds his bliss on these rivers. He shares their beauty while reminding us all about the significance of national Wild & Scenic Rivers program that protects beautiful rivers all across country.

 

River Connections Rivers connect and sustain us. People need water, wildlife, peace and quiet for our minds – our souls – our children. Designated Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers connect communities by fostering collaboration among local river management partners. This film follows river stewards on three rivers and highlights the inspiration, complexities and joy behind communities coming together to protect rivers.

Ganzorig and The River Wolf Ganzorig grew up in remote Northern Mongolia where his family would fish for Taimen trout in the River Eg. As an adult, it now falls to him and an international team of scientists to protect the future of the largest trout on Earth.

Wild Olympics Follow paddlers Adam and Susan Elliott as they kayak, fish, packraft and explore the wild rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. The peninsula’s wild rivers provide clean water, world-class recreation and unmatched opportunities for inspiration and solitude. They bring jobs and economic benefits to local communities and provide critical habitat for salmon, steelhead and a variety of other fish and wildlife. Wild and Scenic designation–the strongest protection a river can receive–ensures that the free-flowing character, water quality and outstanding values of these rivers are protected for generations to come.

Love of Place When an invasive species plant threatens to take over a beautiful desert river, an obsessive park ranger sets out to kill it.

(unofficial) History of the National Parks Want to know the complete story of National Parks in under four minutes? It’s hard to do, but this snappy short gives it a good shot. The (unofficial) History of National Parks covers everything from their creation to the challenges they ensure and inadvertently create; and how they provide benefit to both individuals and society.

Can we Save the Frog Prince? After surviving for millions of years, frogs around the world are disappearing in a global extinction crisis. Human activity has unleashed a deadly parasitic chytrid fungus, now spreading like wildfire through the international wildlife trade. Jonathan Kolby and the Honduras frog rescue team are racing to battle this fungus and save endangered frogs in the cloud forest of Cusuco National Park before they vanish.

Every Bend Three Montanans talk about how clean, free-flowing, wild rivers enrich their lives. We focus on the power of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and how it has benefited just a few Montana rivers, and relatively few nationwide. In doing so, we are reminded of what is at stake if we don’t protect more of our cherished rivers.

Water Warriors In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors–including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province. Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

Selah: Water from Stone Fifty Years ago David Bamberger devoted his life to restoring a neglected and overgrazed ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The result? Water from Stone. By restoring natural ecological functions, David filled hillside aquifers, brought springs back to life, created riparian habitat, and inspired a landscape movement.

The Wild President  President Jimmy Carter, an unsung environmental hero, grew up in awe of natures wonder. But it wasn’t until he first paddled the Chattooga Rivers Bull Sluice did he understand the power of a wild river. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, happening in 2018, President Carter urges all Americans to protect more wild rivers.

Pale Blue Dot Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos through an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, seeking to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living on Earth.

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.

River Smart Workshop- Canton- April 16, 2018 – 7pm

The Canton Conservation Commission Announces a River Smart Workshop!

River Smart, presented by Laura Hart of the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA), connects homeowner actions with the river environment. Its focus is polluted stormwater runoff, the #1 water quality issue of the Farmington River. Examples of simple green infrastructure solutions and everyday actions on how to reduce stormwater pollution will be discussed.

As a part of the program, FRWA is offering free handbooks to property owners that have land along the Farmington River and its tributaries (including Cherry Brook, Jim Brook, and other important watercourses throughout Canton). My Healthy Stream – A Handbook for Streamside Owners, is a publication by Trout Unlimited and an excellent resource for homeowners to learn more about stormwater pollution and information on how one can make positive changes for the betterment of the environment.

Location:  
Room F, Canton Community Center
40 Dyer Avenue
Collinsville, CT 06019

For questions please email Emily Anyzeski at eanyzeski@townofcantonct.org
For more information click here

 

 

Eco-Friendly Lawn Care Granby Library – April 5, 2018, 6:30-7:30pm

Learn best practices for maintaining and improving your lawn while protecting nearby streams and waterways. Join Aimee Petras, Farmington River Watershed Association, as she covers timely lawn care topics, including soil testing, irrigation, aeration, reseeding, and mowing.

Location: Granby Public Library, 15 North Granby Rd., GranbyCT 06035
Registration recommended; call 860.844.5275 or email gplibrary@granby-ct.gov today!

FRWA Annual Meeting November 9, 2017 5:30-7:30PM

 

Join FRWA for an account of the groundbreaking 2017 River Smart Program, this year’s stewardship projects, a discussion of the State Water Plan (and other issues) and a look forward into 2018!  Delicious hearty appetizers, desserts and coffee. $15 per person
(You may RSVP and pay at the door or buy your ticket via Eventbrite)

location: Simsbury Free Library, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070

Limited Seating!  RSVP by Monday, November 6.

RSVP by phone: 860-658-4442 ext. 201
email: apetras@frwa.org
or visit us online at
 Frwa.org/AM2017

Lawn Care Workshop – Winsted Beardsley Library – October 12 6:30pm

Fall is a perfect time to prep your lawn for next year’s success.  Temperatures are great for grass seed germination and shorter daylight hours keep your kids off the grass while you begin your fall lawn care.

Are you still unsure of what to do?  Want to learn more on how to manage your lawn without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides (which are really not necessary for growing turf)??   Join us at one of our fall workshops:

September 21 at the Simsbury Public Library, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

September 28 at the Canton Public Library, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

October 12 at the Beardsley Library, Winsted, 6:30-8:00 pm.

We will cover seeding, aeration, common lawn weeds, grub and other pests and more.  Go home from this workshop with concrete ideas on how to improve your lawn without using harmful chemicals.

Fall Lawn Care Workshop – Canton Public Library – Sept. 28 6:30pm

Fall is a perfect time to prep your lawn for next year’s success.  Temperatures are great for grass seed germination and shorter daylight hours keep your kids off the grass while you begin your fall lawn care.

Are you still unsure of what to do?  Want to learn more on how to manage your lawn without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides (which are really not necessary for growing turf)??   Join us at one of our fall workshops:

September 28 at the Canton Public Library, 6:30 – 8:00 pm:  Registration requested to the Canton Public Library:  bvanness@cantonpubliclibrary.org

We will cover seeding, aeration, common lawn weeds, grub and other pests and more.  Go home from this workshop with concrete ideas on how to improve your lawn without using harmful chemicals.

Fall Natural Lawn Care Workshops! Simsbury

Fall is a perfect time to prep your lawn for next year’s success.  Temperatures are great for grass seed germination and shorter daylight hours keep your kids off the grass while you begin your fall lawn care.

Are you still unsure of what to do?  Want to learn more on how to manage your lawn without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides (which are really not necessary for growing turf)??   Join us at one of our fall workshops:

September 21 at the Simsbury Public Library, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

September 28 at the Canton Public Library, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

October 12 at the Beardsley Library, Winsted, 6:30-8:00 pm.

We will cover seeding, aeration, common lawn weeds, grub and other pests and more.  Go home from this workshop with concrete ideas on how to improve your lawn without using harmful chemicals.

 

Discovering Native American History on the Farmington River With Dr. Kenneth Feder – Monday 9/25/17

Co-sponsored by FRWA and the Lower Farmington/Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Study Committee
7:00 PM |Simsbury Library Community Room

“Kenny” Feder is professor of archaeology at Central Connecticut State University, author of several books on archaeology, and founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project, a study of the prehistory of the Farmington River region in northwest CT.

Kenny’s also an excellent raconteur and storyteller!  He will take us on a virtual trip down the Farmington to reveal the river’s fascinating Native American history.  Stops will include his research sites at the Barkhamsted Lighthouse (featured in his book Village of Outcasts), the Tunxis village in Farmington, and Alsop Meadow in Avon.

He will also talk about his new book, Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See For Yourself, published in 2017.

Registration is not required but is much appreciated for planning.  To register, please contact FRWA at (860) 658-4442 x205, or email: dmcwhirter@frwa.org

Volunteers Needed! Join our Annual River Clean-Up September 23, 10am to 1pm

Last year, over 200 volunteers joined together to remove trash from the banks of the Farmington River.  We are  securing all the supplies for the big day (gloves, bags, napkins, apples, apple cider, etc) and lining up coffee and lunch for volunteers including sandwiches from Antonio’s, coffee from Starbucks 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, CT.

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 guaranteed you will make new friends.  Please call FRWA at (860) 658-4442 or email apetras@frwa.org to register.

A Sample of our Clean-Up Meet-up Locations – September 23, 10am to 1pm

Avon: The Lions Club of Avon takes responsibility for cleaning Fisher Meadows and they do a great job, year after year.

Bloomfield:  The Wintonbury Land Trust is coordinating this location.  Meet at Farmington River Park. Clean up from 10-noon.

Barkhamsted: Location TBD

Collinsville: We will meet at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak and will have a tent and snacks available.  This is our most popular site thanks to area residents!

Simsbury:  Meet on the front lawn of FRWA headquarters. This is our main spot and also the place to grab some coffee before heading out or get some pizza 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 Clean-Up at (860) 658-4442 or email your registration with a preferred meet-up location to apetras@frwa.org.  And see you there!