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Stream Walks

Streamwalk Training

FRWA initiated this program because in late 2002 a 19.6-mile section of the Farmington River – stretching from the confluence with the Pequabuck River in Farmington through Avon and Simsbury and to the backwaters of the Rainbow Reservoir in Windsor – was included on Connecticut’s List of Impaired Waters for elevated levels of bacteria. The official sources of this bacteria are listed as "unknown" by the CT Department of Environmental Protection.

Over the past two summers over 100 Stream Walk volunteers have completed visual water quality assessments along the Farmington River Main Stem and its tributaries to uncover where pollution is entering the River, and where restoration is needed.

Surveys have been conducted in the towns of Avon, Barkhamsted, Bloomfield, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Colebrook, East Granby, Farmington, Granby, Hartland, New Hartford, Norfolk, Plainville, Plymouth, Simsbury, Torrington, Winchester, and Windsor. During the months of July and August, volunteers work in teams to gather resource information on their segments from within the streambed and along the stream banks.

Trained volunteers will observe and document: 1) changes in water appearance, 2) riparian disturbances or a lack of effective stream buffers, 3) existing and changing land uses particularly within the first 100 feet next to the River, 4) locations of all outlets and pipes for storm water drainage and other discharges, and 5) any other visual indicators of water impairment (color, smell, etc.).

This project would not be possible without the generous support of the Farmington River Coordinating Committee – the management group for the Wild & Scenic section of the Upper Farmington River and a Section 319 Non-Point Source Grant from the CT DEP.

The data is being used to work with local communities to identify conservation and resource protection strategies. If you are interested in learning more about natural resources of the Farmington River Watershed and in helping to find ways to protect those resources, then you will want to join us for our next training session in June of 2007. You can also review FRWA's Quality Assurance Project Plan written in 2004 to ensure the consistent delivery of this program over time.

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