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/

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


FRWA 60th Anniversary Celebration

Join us at FRWA”s celebration of our 60th year!

Join us at Ski Sundown in New 60thflyerHartford for a swim down memory lane on September 22nd, 2013 from 3 – 8pm at Ski Sundown, New Hartford.

FRWA is hosting a party that will bring together new friends and old to reminisce about our 60-year history. We will have a light program outlining our accomplishments of the past 60 years. Displays, both static and digital, of our 60-year history can be browsed while listening to music from several bands. A BBQ dinner from the Meat House in Avon with snack and refreshments from Blue Sky foods. Cash Bar. RSVP by emailing Aimee, sending a check for $25 per person to FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 or by registering online here at the eventbright widget below.

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Salmon Stocking Workshop – March 21, 2013 at 7pm at Avon Public Library

The Connecticut Inland Fisheries Division is looking for volunteers to assist in stocking Atlantic salmon fry.  An informational meeting has been scheduled for Thursday March 21 for those who are interested.  There will be a presentation and update on the Salmon Restoration Program and a brief discussion of stocking and what is expected of volunteers.  Volunteers must be physically fit and available on weekdays.  The streams to be stocked are in the Farmington and Salmon River watersheds and are scheduled for stocking between mid April and late May.  Individuals interested in volunteering who cannot attend the meeting should contact Bruce Williams or the Farmington River Watershed Association at the addresses listed below.

For more information contact:Bruce Williams, DEEP/Marine Headquarters, 860-447-4317, email: bruce.williams@ct.gov,  or the Farmington River Watershed Association, 860-658-4442.