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River and Water Related Events in CT

NW CONSERVATION DISTRICT PLANT SALE ( April 26, 2015 )

CT River Coastal Conservation District Plant Sale! ( April 26, 2015 )

The Jamie McEwan Whitewater Triple Crown race ( April 26, 2015 )

SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH ( May 2, 2015 )

QRWA's Quinnipiac River Spring Cleanup ( May 2, 2015 )

6th Annual Quinnipiac Riverfest 2015 ( May 3, 2015 )

National River Rally 2015 in New Mexico ( May 4, 2015 )

3rd Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills Fundraising Event! ( May 6, 2015 )

Carp Fishing on the Fly ( May 7, 2015 )

Day on the Farmington River With TUFV ( May 9, 2015 )

8th Annual Naugatuck Valley River Race ( May 9, 2015 )

CT River to Mattabesset River Paddle ( May 16, 2015 )

Willimantic Whitewater Partnership Annual RiverFest ( May 16, 2015 )

Candlewood Lake Cleanup ( May 16, 2015 )

Candlewood Lake Cleanup ( May 16, 2015 )

Talk by John Waldman, Author of RUNNING SILVER ( May 17, 2015 )

35th Downriver Classic Canoe/Kayak Race ( May 17, 2015 )

NRWA Annual Meeting; Presentation on Landscaping to Protect Water Quality ( May 19, 2015 )

'Save the Lake Day' cleanup of Lake Lillinonah ( May 30, 2015 )

Pequonnock River Steamside Buffer Remediation Postponed ( May 31, 2015 )

FVTU Campground Cookout ( August 8, 2015 )

Annual Farmingon River Campout With FVTU ( August 9, 2015 )

HVA Free Paddle Trip - Bartholomew's Cobble to Falls Village ( September 19, 2015 )

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NW CONSERVATION DISTRICT PLANT SALE

2015 EARTH DAY PLANT SALE

COMING SOON: Our 32nd Annual Earth Day Plant Sale!

Friday - Sunday April 24, 25, and 26, 2015 @ the Goshen Fairgrounds, SR63 in Goshen

Event Date: April 26, 2015

For more information go to http://nwcd.org/images/2015SpringNewsletter_PlantSale.pdf

(posted April 17, 2015, number 362) Water Trail: No

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CT River Coastal Conservation District Plant Sale!

CT River Coastal Conservation District Plant Sale

April 24-26, 2015

Our 2015 plant sale will take place April 24, 25 and 26 at the Old Saybrook Shopping Center (Stop & Shop plaza), Boston Post Road and Elm Street, Old Saybrook (same location as the past five years). The 2015 brochure and order form are now available (open PDF brochure). Most plants are pre-ordered, but there will be extra plants available for purchase at the sale. We are excited to have two special plant groups this year, the Hummingbird Special and the Butterfly Special, groups of hummingbird or butterfly attracting plants packaged in a rustic, reusable, handmade pine box, perfect for a special gift. We are also selling the popular Organic Compost from Collins Powder Hill Farm in Enfield. And once again, the sale features pollinator plants, edible landscaping plants, wet-loving plants for rain gardens, and plants suitable for waterside buffer gardens.

Event Date: April 26, 2015

For more information go to http://www.conservect.org/ctrivercoastal/PlantSale/tabid/321/Default.aspx

(posted April 20, 2015, number 367) Water Trail: No

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The Jamie McEwan Whitewater Triple Crown race

April 25-26, 2015, Tariffville Gorge, Farmington River

Hosted by the Farmington River Watershed Associaton

The Jamie McEwan Whitewater Triple Crown challenge the paddlers in a competition in the three major whitewater disciplines. Wild water racing is about speed, fastest boat down the river wins. Slalom requires precision. The paddlers must negotiate a series of gates for the fastest time. Penalties are assessed for touching the gate poles or missing the gate entirely. Each boat gets two runs. The better run determines their result. Freestyle is an acrobatic contest of spins, cartwheels and flips in whitewater. Incredible balance and reflexes prevail as paddlers are judged for their tricks. The competitions include Men’s, Women’s, and Junior classes, as well as classes for kayak and one and two-paddler canoes (C-1 and C-2). For the Jamie McEwan Triple Crown, the paddlers score points based on their place in each event. Both the Top Ten Men and Top Ten Women from Saturday move on to the Sunday Finals. The Men’s and Women’s Champions will be awarded $1,000.

Event Date: April 26, 2015

For more information go to http://www.tvilletriplecrown.com/tvilletriplecrown.com/Tariffville_Whitewater_Triple_Crown_JOs.html

(posted April 22, 2015, number 726) Water Trail: Yes

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SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH

2015 - SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH - Saturday, May 2, 2015

24th Annual Canoe and Kayak Race

Be a Fan, Donate a Can" Help Us Fill Up the Canoe with non-perishable foods for The Enfield Food Shelf!

Registration: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Red Barn, 32 S. Maple St., Enfield, CT.

Novice Race Start: 11:30 a.m. Intermediate-Expert Race Start: Noon

Event Date: May 2, 2015

For more information go to http://www.scanticspringsplash.org/

(posted April 17, 2015, number 298) Water Trail: yes

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QRWA's Quinnipiac River Spring Cleanup

Saturday, May 2 (rain date: May 9), 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

We will be concentrating in Meriden on Harbor and Sodom Brooks, and Hanover Pond, site of linear trail and future flood control at Hanover Pond. River clean up crews will be working both along the banks and in the water so there is activity for everyone.

QRWA will provide trash bags, gloves, hand tools, and some waders. We will also have members on site to guide the event. Participants are advised to wear weather appropriate work clothes and boots.

If you would like to be part of the clean up effort, please call David James at 203-237-2845.

Staging Area will be at:

QRWA Headquarters Parking Lot

540 Oregon Road

Meriden, CT

Event Date: May 2, 2015

For more information go to http://qrwa.org/Events/eventView.asp?EventID=133

(posted April 22, 2015, number 724) Water Trail: Yes

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6th Annual Quinnipiac Riverfest 2015

Annual celebration of the Quinnipiac River and the historic Fair Haven waterfront

Sunday, May 3 (rain date: May 17), 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Quinnipiac Marina, 309 Front St., New Haven

Quinnipiac Riverfest Featuring:

CANOEING $5 guided rides provided by the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association.

LIVE MUSIC Goodnight Blue Moon, The Backyard Committee, and The Jean Sandoval Quartet!

BEER Craft beer tastings from Overshores and other local breweries.

GRUB Made to order from the Anastasio's Boat House Café.

KID FRIENDLY Clowns, touch the sea critters, face painting and crafts for children.

You are invited to join in this celebration of waterfront community in our historic and scenic New Haven neighborhood!

Event Date: May 3, 2015

For more information go to http://quinnipiacriverfest.com/

(posted April 20, 2015, number 721) Water Trail: yes

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National River Rally 2015 in New Mexico

River Rally 2015 Home » River Rally May 1 - 4 | Tamaya Resort | Santa Ana Pueblo, NM Mark your calendars (and your budgets)! We're working to bring you the most educational, most inspiring and more celebratory event you've ever attended. Lessons learned, best practices shared and new friends from the field will benefit you and your efforts no matter where you work - and we expect people from nearly every state and beyond. “Seeing so many talented colleagues and hearing about their struggles and successes enriched my professional skills and recharged my resolve to work hard for clean water and free flowing rivers. I try to support and encourage all kinds of people to have hope and work hard for a clean water future--it was personally swell (and much needed) to swim in an ocean of support during Rally. I feel like I have new strategies and new contacts with which to meet the challenges before me.” River Rally Participant River Rally At-A-Glance | Featured Speakers | Field Trips | Fun Together we are an unstoppable force for the protection of our home rivers and waters. And River Rally is the place where our movement strengthens and grows!

Event Date: May 4, 2015

For more information go to http://www.rivernetwork.org/rally/program

(posted August 4, 2015, number 603) Water Trail: No

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3rd Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills Fundraising Event!

3rd Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills event from 12 noon on May 5 - 12 noon on May 6, 2015.

Hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5-6th, by the Connecticut Community Foundation, Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills is a 36-hour online community giving event. Give Local gives donors a chance to come together and lend their support to the nonprofit organizations that work every day to make our community stronger.

As a bonus, every dollar donated to participating nonprofits from 7 a.m. on May 5th to 7 p.m. on May 6th will be enhanced with bonus funds provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation and our generous Give Local sponsors. And nonprofits can win cash prizes during the event as well!

Together, our first two Give Local events raised more than $1.1 million that we distributed to over 150 nonprofits!

For more information, please contact Tricia Poirier at 203.753.1315 x130 or email tpoirier@conncf.org.

Event Date: May 6, 2015

For more information go to https://www.givelocalccf.org/#home

(posted April 20, 2015, number 722) Water Trail: No

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Carp Fishing on the Fly

Carp Fishing on the Fly – Thursday, May 7th Please join us on Thursday, May 7th at 6:30 pm at the Whitstone Tavern to hear world renowned carp angler, Iain Sorrell, tell us about fishing for Carp on the fly. Social time at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7:00. Food and beverages are available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public. So bring a friend! PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!!! THURSDAY, MAY 7TH The Whitstone Tavern is located at 245 Hartford Rd in New Britain at Stanley Quarter Golf Course.

Event Date: May 7, 2015

For more information go to http://fvtu.org/?p=618

(posted April 2, 2015, number 323) Water Trail: No

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Day on the Farmington River With TUFV

Day on the Farmington River – Saturday, May 9th Come enjoy a day on the river with us beginning at 10 am at Whittemore Recreation Area in Barkhamsted. Fish, hang out and have lunch. If you are new to the sport, there will be plenty of experienced anglers there—ready and willing to take you on the river. Check back here if the weather looks threatening for postponement/cancellation information.

Event Date: May 9, 2015

For more information go to http://fvtu.org/?p=593

(posted April 2, 2015, number 63) Water Trail: No

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8th Annual Naugatuck Valley River Race

8th Annual Naugatuck Valley River Race, Saturday, May 9, 2015

Registration: 9-10:30 a.m.

Race Meeting: 11 a.m.

Race Start: 11:30 a.m.

South Main St. & Platts Mills Road, Naugatuck / Waterbury line

The Annual Race was started by concerned citizens and community organizations along the Naugatuck Valley in an effort to bring awareness to the Naugy’s continued restoration and return to a recreational river after years of industrial neglect. The Naugatuck River Watershed is a partner in the events and is one of the recipients of the donations we collect to participate in the timed race.

The Naugatuck Valley River Race has helped to foster renewed efforts to develop a safe Water Trail along the Naugatuck River. In fact, the Naugatuck River Greenway Committee, in response to the success of the first race, added several boat launches into the proposed Greenway plans in each town along the route and have added additional events.

The events brings racers and their families from all around New England to run the Naugy. As much as it is a race event, many will be paddling at their own pace — but, experienced paddlers only, as the Naugy at higher levels can be unforgiving.

Event Date: May 9, 2015

For more information go to http://www.4ctoutdoors.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/NVRR-8-Flyer-Compatibility-Mode.pdf

(posted April 17, 2015, number 336) Water Trail: yes

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CT River to Mattabesset River Paddle

Saturday, May 16, 2015 11:00 AM Harbor Park Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT (map) A popular annual spring paddle from Harbor Park up the Ct River about a mile to the Mattabassett River, then several more miles up to the takeout/lunch spot behind the Dunkin Donuts and back - approx. 9 miles round trip at a relaxed, early season pace. High tide - 12:15 PM. This is a level 2 paddle (see "Paddling with ConnYak" at http://www.connyak.org/paddlingtrips.htm for more information on levels and expectations). Although the CT River can get quite choppy when the wind picks up, this paddle is typically of the easy/mellow variety. The Mattabesset is sheltered with minimal current, and meanders its way through marshy woodlands. In the spring, it can sometimes be flooded with the riverbanks submerged under a big shallow pond (still fun, but trickier to navigate). The takeout can be rather muddy, so boots are recommended if you have them. Some pics from the same paddle a few years ago: http://erik64.smugmug.com/Kayaking/Mattabesett-River-Paddle-51510

Event Date: May 16, 2015

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/events/221535406/

(posted April 2, 2015, number 75) Water Trail: yes

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Willimantic Whitewater Partnership Annual RiverFest

Bands River Float Petting Zoo Food Vendors Mark your calendar! More information to come.

Event Date: May 16, 2015

For more information go to http://www.willimanticwhitewater.org/

(posted April 3, 2015, number 720) Water Trail: Yes

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Candlewood Lake Cleanup

Saturday, May 16 (rain date: Sunday, May 17). Starts 8:30 a.m. Register now for the Candlewood Lake Clean Up, happening on May 16th - a fun day and a great way to kick off the summer. Registration is based on a first-come first-served, space-available basis, so don't delay!

We are looking for Clean Up Boat Captains to join us that day! Boat captains are responsible for transporting their crew and collected debris. Trash bags, gloves etc. are provided by the event. Boat captains need to have their own boat, and a valid CT Boater's Certificate to participate. All boat captains receive a special hat (in addition to the t-shirt and cookout all other volunteers receive). Please contact the CLA with any questions.

Volunteers will meet at their chosen departure point (one of the area town parks) at 8:30 AM, and be taken to their shoreline area to collect debris. Around noon time, all boats go to New Fairfield Town Park for a free cookout and free event t-shirts. After the cookout the boats will return their volunteers to their original departure park.

EVERYONE who wishes to participate MUST register or we will not have a space reserved for you on a boat.

Online registration for the Clean Up (volunteers and boat captains) can be found at http://www.jotform.us/CandlewoodLakeAuthority/Clean_Up_Registration

Event Date: May 16, 2015

For more information go to http://www.jotform.us/CandlewoodLakeAuthority/Clean_Up_Registration

(posted April 20, 2015, number 723) Water Trail: yes

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Candlewood Lake Cleanup

Saturday, May 16 (rain date: Sunday, May 17). Starts 8:30 a.m. Register now for the Candlewood Lake Clean Up, happening on May 16th - a fun day and a great way to kick off the summer. Registration is based on a first-come first-served, space-available basis, so don't delay!

We are looking for Clean Up Boat Captains to join us that day! Boat captains are responsible for transporting their crew and collected debris. Trash bags, gloves etc. are provided by the event. Boat captains need to have their own boat, and a valid CT Boater's Certificate to participate. All boat captains receive a special hat (in addition to the t-shirt and cookout all other volunteers receive). Please contact the CLA with any questions.

Volunteers will meet at their chosen departure point (one of the area town parks) at 8:30 AM, and be taken to their shoreline area to collect debris. Around noon time, all boats go to New Fairfield Town Park for a free cookout and free event t-shirts. After the cookout the boats will return their volunteers to their original departure park.

EVERYONE who wishes to participate MUST register or we will not have a space reserved for you on a boat.

Online registration for the Clean Up (volunteers and boat captains) can be found at http://www.jotform.us/CandlewoodLakeAuthority/Clean_Up_Registration

Event Date: May 16, 2015

For more information go to http://www.jotform.us/CandlewoodLakeAuthority/Clean_Up_Registration

(posted April 20, 2015, number 723) Water Trail: yes

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Talk by John Waldman, Author of RUNNING SILVER

Please join us May 17 at the Gunn Memorial Library 5 Wykeham Road, Washington CT 2 to 3:30 p.m. For a talk by John Waldman author of RUNNING SILVER: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations Professor Waldman teaches biology at Queens College, NY, and has a home in Cornwall. “Waldman wants people to see rivers as they should be, filled with millions of migratory fish. He wants us to imagine the past, and not accept degraded rivers as ‘normal’” (Review, Cool Green Science, Nov. 20,2013, by Matt Miller).

Event Date: May 17, 2015

For more information go to http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/on-world-fish-migration-day-recalling-when-americas-rivers-ran-silver/

(posted April 2, 2015, number 4) Water Trail: No

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35th Downriver Classic Canoe/Kayak Race

Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 9 AM – 3 PM. Registration 9 to 10:30 at START Line.

START at Rt. 322 Southington. FINISH at Red Bridge, Oregon Road, Meriden, CT.

Hosted by Quinnipiac River Watershed Association.

Event Date: May 17, 2015

For more information go to http://qrwa.org/Events/Default.asp

(posted April 22, 2015, number 727) Water Trail: Yes

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NRWA Annual Meeting; Presentation on Landscaping to Protect Water Quality

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rimer Room, Wilton Library, 6:30 p.m. - Annual Meeting

Brubeck Room, Wilton Library, 7 p.m. - Presentation

The public is invited to join NRWA in the Rimer Room at the Wilton Library at 6:30, preceding the talk, for a short annual meeting where we will give an overview of current NRWA projects and goals. In the Brubeck Room at 7, Dr. Michael Dietz, Program Director of CT NEMO at the University of CT, will discuss low impact development (LID) and the importance of protecting our water.

Event Date: May 19, 2015

For more information go to http://norwalkriver.org/events/

(posted April 23, 2015, number 728) Water Trail: Yes

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'Save the Lake Day' cleanup of Lake Lillinonah

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Meet at Rt. 133 boat launch in Bridgewater.

You'll be transported around the lake to collect man-made debris from the shoreline. As in years past, Friends of the Lake (with the help of many great sponsors) provides a dumpster, gloves, garbage bags, water, and perhaps other goodies and refreshments upon your return around noon.

Dress appropriately; sturdy shoes that can get wet are recommended. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen, and your smile. The water's not cold; it’s refreshing!

Event Date: May 30, 2015

For more information go to http://www.friendsofthelake.org/about/news_detail/save_the_lake_day2/

(posted April 23, 2015, number 7) Water Trail: Yes

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Pequonnock River Steamside Buffer Remediation Postponed

Pequonnock River Steamside Buffer Remediation Postponed till May 2015, Wolfe Park at Great Hollow Lake

A grant by Connecticut DEEP for remediating the stream-side buffer where the same Pequonnock River flows southward into Great Hollow Lake in Wolfe Park will be used for Site-preparation and a community mobilization of volunteers to enhance the topography with plantings of native trees and shrubs.

Actual date TBD

Event Date: May 31, 2015

For more information go to http://monroeconservation.org/default.htm

(posted October 8, 2014, number 704) Water Trail: No

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FVTU Campground Cookout

Campground Cookout – Saturday, August 8th 1 PM TIL ??? – Join our happy campers for some food and fishing at our annual campground cookout at Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground in Barkhamstead. We provide the burgers and dogs, you bring a side or dessert. You do not need to have a campsite to attend. Check back here for site information and cancellation information if the weather looks threatening as the date gets closer. Click here for location information.

Event Date: August 8, 2015

For more information go to http://fvtu.org/?p=484

(posted April 2, 2015, number 14) Water Trail: No

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Annual Farmingon River Campout With FVTU

Annual Farmingon River Campout – August 7-9 IMAG0950 Fishing, campfires, cookouts and friends. The chapter has 5 sites reserved at Austin Hawes Campground in Barkhamsted for this weekend. Sites are reserved on a first come-first serve basis. To reserve a site, please contact Alicea Charamut at alicea@fvtu.org.

Event Date: August 9, 2015

For more information go to http://fvtu.org/?p=617

(posted April 2, 2015, number 6) Water Trail: No

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HVA Free Paddle Trip - Bartholomew's Cobble to Falls Village

Sept. 19, 2015

Join the Housatonic Valley Association for a free paddle trip on the Housatonic River from Bartholomew's Cobble, MA, to Falls Village, CT.

To register, call 413-394-9796 or email dregan@hvatoday.org or adixon@hvatoday.org.

Event Date: September 19, 2015

For more information go to http://hvatoday.org/events-and-news/events/show/free-housatonic-paddle-trips-beginning-may-30-through-september-19

(posted April 22, 2015, number 725) Water Trail: Yes

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Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
PO Box 1797, 7 West Street 3rd Floor, Litchfield, CT 06759-1797
860-361-9349
rivers@riversalliance.org, www.riversalliance.org