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We taught 4th graders from Simsbury Squadron Line Elementary School about aquatic insects this morning! The kids waded in #SalmonBrook to observe, identify, and marvel at the life histories and ecology of insects and other creatures that inhabit flowing waters. Aquatic insects are indicators of water quality. Today was a fun, educational opportunity for the students but we are also involved in #RBV (Rapid Biomonitoring for Volunteer) Program. In this capacity we collect scientific information on the types, number, and diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates living in tributaries the #FarmingtonRiver. Results help us and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identify high quality streams and monitor water quality changes in the watershed. #frwa #nonprofit #stewardship #beriversmart #nature #beoutside #naturalconnecticut #rivers #waterquality #outdooreducation #getoutside #aquaticinsects #streams #explore #ctdeep #waterqualitymonitoring
Water meets rocks. #farmingtonriver #frwa #nonprofit #stewardship #beriversmart #nature #rivers #nature #beoutside #getoutside #farmingtonrivertrail #wildandscenic #conservation #connecticut_igers
Nothing better than stopping by the #FarmingtonRiver on the way home from work. #frwa #nonprofit #watershed #waterquality #stewardship #conservation #environment #beriversmart #hikect #getoutside #farmingtonrivertrail #rivers #nature #naturalconnecticut #connecticut_igers #wildandscenic #beoutsidect
The beauty and freshness of spring along the bank of the Farmington River. Tulip poplar sapling. #farmingtonriver #nature #frwa #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #watershed #waterquality #trees #water #rivers #beriversmart #wildandscenic #stewardship #conservation #noglassnotrash #naturalconnecticut #connecticut_igers #getoutside #beoutsidect #hike #fishing #flyfishing #kayaking #canoe #spring #naturephotography
Day 3: with help from Bristol Parks and Rec and ESPN volunteers, we got plants in, mulch down, and rock catch basins built! The FRWA team is feeling so proud and soon we will have the rain to test it out! Rain gardens are beautiful features that infiltrate runoff, reduce stormwater pollution, and reduce flooding and erosion issues all the while providing excellent habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies as they are filled with native plant species. @bristolctparksandrec @espn #frwa #nonprofit #stewardship #raingarden #conservation #beriversmart #planting #watershed #waterquality #beoutside #naturalconnecticut #nature #bristol #farmingtonriver #garden #volunteer #parksandrec
Day 2 at the rain garden installation! with help from students from Bristol Eastern High School across the street from Page Park. #farmingtonriver #raingarden #conservation #beriversmart #planting #gardening #nativeplants #environment #beoutside #parksandrec #pagepark #frwa #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #nature #stewardship
Progress at the rain garden installation at Page Park today! Getting the digging, composing, layout, and some edging all set for planting the next 3 days. And the native plants have been delivered. Time to get dirty #raingarden #planting #nativeplants #beoutside #conservation #nature #environment #bristol #frwa #nonprofit #watershed #waterquality #beriversmart #pequabuck #parksandrec #pagepark #getoutside #digging #wildflowers #bees #gardening #reducepollution
The maple leaves are beginning to pop! #farmingtonriver #frwa #nonprofit #stewardship #spring #beoutside #nature #hike #canoe #getoutside #paddle #stewardship #noglassnotrash #rivers #riverton #naturalconnecticut #connecticutgram #connecticut_igers #hikect #outdoorrecreation #outside #nonprofitorganization
Join us today 12:30pm - 5pm at the Barkhamsted Earth Day Nature Festival! #earthday #farmingtonriver #frwa #nonprofit #stewardship #beriversmart #wildandscenic #beoutside #nature #rivers #barkhamsted #peoplesstateforest @farmingtonriversteward @ctdeeppix @rys_adventure @christinescritters
Join us today from 10-2pm at Indian Rock Nature Preserve for Earth Day Open House! Take the River Smart Pledge, visit the farm animals, get some native plants, join the archery and tree climbing demos, and more! #earthday #frwa #indianrocknaturepreserve #bristol #beoutside #nature #outdooreducation #wildlife
Join us at Green Tails Market this Sunday April 28th! #Repost @greentailsmarket • • • • • Our Earth Day event is taking shape, and it’s looking great! We’re so excited to have @hogriverbrewing for a beer tasting, @domscoffeellc @farmingtonfarmtruck, @skyscrapersandwichtruck, @mikeys_treats, & live music with Vibe Theory, all to benefit @farmington_land_trust & @frwa_org ! We are also so excited to be hosting an adoption event for @barkvilledogrescue ! So many awesome raffle prizes including 6 months of free pet food courtesy of @petcurean! Set your calendars for April 28th!! 😊🌏🐾♥️ #greentailsmarket #greentailsdog #marketdog #ctdog #dogsofct #farmingtonct #farmingtonvalley #weha #dog #pet #puppy #petsupply #petmarket #petstore #holisticpetstore #naturalpetstore #ecofriendlypetstore #visitct #connecticut #ct #morethanapetstore #CTvisit #greenpet #shopsupportlocal #ctdoglovers #holisticpetsupply #860
Happy Easter! #farmingtonriver #frwa #nonprofit #rivers #watershed #waterquality #stewardship #noglassnotrash #naturalconnecticut #wildflowers #wildandscenic #beoutside #easter
Thank you @angelaziogas for being a river steward and taking action to clean up the #FarmingtonRiver! Earth Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than joining the #trashtag and doings a river cleanup! If you need bags and gloves, send us a DM and we will gladly provide supplies. #earthday #Repost @angelaziogas • • • • • Spring river clean up🧽🌷 Spent the evening cleaning up trash on the river. Can’t believe the amount of trash out here... dirty diapers?! Cigarette butts, plastic bags, bottle caps, beer bottles and cans, flip flops. Carry in carry out people! Come on. Enjoy the river but respect the river💗 Also, always appreciate people who you can call to pick up garbage with you without hesitation. Thanks mom. . . . #frwa #trashtag #rivers #rivercleanup #optoutside #flyfishing #trout #riverlife #springcleaning #nature #carryincarryout #farmingtonriver
Join us at the Wild & Scenic celebration! May 11, at the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury 12pm-1:30pm! #wildandscenic #rivers #frwa #FarmingtonRiver #nonprofit #conservation #nature #beoutside #stewardship #riverstewards #noglassnotrash #olddrakeflowerbridge #chrismurphy
Spring is in the air! Time to explore the Wild and Scenic Farmington River. #FarmingtonRiver #frwa #nonprofit #watershed #waterquality #rivers #connecticut_igers #beoutside #naturalconnecticut #nature #stewardship #flyfishing #hikect #wildandscenic #beriversmart #spring #getoutside #newhartford #conservation #openspace
A great day to sit by the Farmington River! #loveyourriver #farmingtonriver #wildandscenic #frwa #nonprofit #watershed #waterquality #rivers #connecticut_igers #beoutside #naturalconnecticut #nature #farmington #unionville #beriversmart #hikect #getoutside #farmingtonrivertrail
Bobcat sighting in the Farmington River Watershed! Our work preserving and protecting the watershed is critical for wildlife populations. Photo credit: Ginny Apple, FRWA Board Member #farmingtonriver #frwa #nonprofit #watershed #waterquality #beoutsidect #beoutside #nature #wildandscenic #wildlife #bobcat #naturalconnecticut #conservation #connecticut_igers #hikect #wildlifephotography #beriversmart #stewardship #riversteward #rivers
Spring is coming to the valley! Fresh green in time for #stpaddysday #FarmingtonRiver #snowdrops #watershed #frwa #nonprofit #wildandscenic #rivers #beriversmart #hikect #beoutside #nature #wildflowers #naturalconnecticut #conservation #connecticut_igers #connecticutgram #seasons
Ice in the valley. Hogback/Goodwin Dam. #winter #farmingtonriver #frwa #nonprofit #watershed #waterquality #reservior #rivers #beriversmart #wildandscenic #dams #conservation #waterconservation #beoutside #hikect #nature
Thinking about spring cleaning? Don't forget about the Farmington River! Join us in the #trashtag challenge for a cleaner and healthier watershed. Take a photo of an area along the river that needs cleaning, and then take a photo after you have cleaned it up. Use the hashtags #trashtag and #frwa and you may be featured on our Instagram page! DM us if you need supplies (trash bags, gloves)! #farmingtonriver #frwa #nonprofit #stewardship #beriversmart #volunteer #riverstewards #rivers #nature #beoutside #naturalconnecticut #hikect #waterquality #watershed #wildandscenic
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