FRWA announces new Executive Director

The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) is excited to welcome William (Bill) Dornbos as our new Executive Director! Since last year, the FRWA Board of Directors has been conducting an extensive national search for new senior leadership. We were gratified to have received a strong response from many highly-qualified candidates, and on behalf of FRWA, I am now extremely pleased to announce that Bill will be joining FRWA, effective March 11, 2019.

A seasoned environmental advocate and attorney, Bill comes to FRWA after serving as the Advocacy Director for the Acadia Center, a regional environmental nonprofit that works on clean energy and climate issues. Bill’s responsibilities included developing advocacy strategies and tactics, managing Acadia Center’s advocates throughout the Northeast, and ensuring high impact and visibility.  Prior to joining the Acadia Center, Bill helped run the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy as its Associate Director, assisted leadership at the Natural Resources Defense Council as a Special Executive Aide, and pursued environmental litigation at the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

“I’m thrilled to be joining FRWA,” said Dornbos. “Leading FRWA is an honor, and I’m eager to apply my advocacy and legal skills to the critical mission of protecting and restoring one of Connecticut’s most important and precious natural resources, the Farmington River. I very much look forward to working with the Board, staff, and watershed communities to sustain the River and to grow support for FRWA’s efforts.”

Bill holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, an MS from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment and a BA from Carleton College.  Bill resides in West Hartford with his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters, Talia and Sanna.

Please join me and our dedicated Board and staff in welcoming Bill to FRWA. I know we can count on your continued support as we begin this next chapter in preservation, conservation and recreational use of our beautiful river.

David Donaldson, Chair
FRWA Board of Directors

Natural Lawn Care – Winding Trails in Farmington – April 28, 2018 9:00-10:30am


The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) and Winding Trails are teaming up for this timely workshop. Aimee Petras, the Education & Outreach Coordinator at the FRWA, will present this program that covers how to manage your lawn without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We will outline the steps you need to take including getting a soil test through mowing techniques to manage weeds. Additionally, we’ll delve into common lawn problems such as grubs and thatch. Registration is required by Wednesday, April 25th.  Please register through the Winding Trails website at

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.

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

For questions please email Emily Anyzeski at
For more information click here



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
or visit us online at

Using Water Wisely & Be River Smart – October 3 7pm

October 3, 2017 – 7pm-8:30pm, Simsbury Public Library.

Conservation is a vital part of the water supply discussion. ‘Using Water Wisely’, presented by Aquarion Water Co., covers newly enacted irrigation restrictions, and illustrates many simple and inexpensive solutions that homeowners can adopt.  ‘Be River Smart,’ presented by FRWA, connects homeowner actions with the river environment.  Its focus is stormwater , with examples of how to reduce the stormwater pollution entering streams and rivers from neighborhoods.  Join us to become wise and smart!


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: