FRWA’s Executive Director, Eileen Fielding, will be leaving FRWA in late January to take on a new position with the National Audubon Society. Since her arrival as Executive Director in 2008, FRWA has had a lead role in such partnership projects as the Lower Farmington Wild and Scenic River Management Plan, the update of the West Branch Wild and Scenic Management Plan, and the removal of Spoonville Dam in East Granby and Bloomfield. FRWA has also maintained and expanded its data collection for the Farmington River Water Quality Project, and completed many projects that restore habitat or reduce stormwater runoff in the watershed. Following the controversy in 2012-13 over the MDC’s proposed expansion to supply UConn with drinking water, she has represented FRWA as an active participant in the development of the new CT State Water Plan. The last nine years have also seen new education initiatives such as FRWA’s paid internships and River Smart outreach program. In her tenure, FRWA has also attracted significant support from community members, foundations, and government agencies.
A search for FRWA’s next Executive Director will be underway shortly. We thank Eileen for her years of leadership, and wish her every success in her new venture!