Jan Dommel, FRWA Water Quality Volunteer

Jan with a macroinvertebrate sample

“I am going into my sixth year with the RBV program and looking forward to another year on the water with others young and old. It has been deeply satisfying and a rewarding experience to participate in DEEP’s program to monitor Connecticut brooks, streams and rivers.

RBV’ers bring awareness to themselves and with that awareness tell others of how the macroinvertebrates (“bugs” to veteran RBV’ers) found in water riffles tells the story of the quality of the water. As a fly fisherman it was a “no brainer“ to discover what’s on the menu for the trout I catch and release.

I want to particularly recognize Alisa Phillips Griggs who recently retired from FRWA‘s water management who generously gave her time to train me as a site leader in collection techniques and further detailed identification at the lab level.

Thank you Alisa.”

Carolyn and Don Ferency, FRWA Water Quality Volunteers

Carolyn Smith and Don Ferency
Carolyn Smith and Don Ferency

Long time FRWA volunteers Carolyn Smith and her husband, Don Ferency, have moved their river passion west to the Columbia River Watershed.  Carolyn and Don became volunteers almost a decade ago as participants in FRWA’s first Streamwalk and Macroinvertebrate sampling programs. They then joined FRWA’s water quality monitoring program, faithfully sampling the Still and Mad River sites in all weather through the seasons ever since FRWA commenced monitoring water quality.  Furthermore, Carolyn was certified to run samples in our bacteria lab and stood in for staff when needed.

The Fabulous Fish for the Farmington Auction and Gala would never have come to fruition without Carolyn, who brainstormed with FRWA staff and spearheaded the fundraising event for the FRWA.

Carolyn and Don’s energy, enthusiasm, creativity, intelligence and passion have enhanced the Farmington River Watershed, their talents now roll on to the Columbia.  Thank you Carolyn and Don, we will miss you.

34th Annual Farmington River Clean-up

Volunteers from our cleanup made the event a huge success. Volunteers of every age gathered to make sure that the Farmington River remains the jewel that it is and that wayward trash is removed and carry out the FRWA pledge to preserve and protect our river. We look forward to the 35th year of the river clean up, coming September 2022!