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Events

     Paddling Clinton Harbor ( August 27, 2014 )

     Cedar Lake Practice ( August 27, 2014 )

     Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford ( August 27, 2014 )

     Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Financing and Funding Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Investments ( August 27, 2014 )

     Council on Environmental Quality Meeting ( August 27, 2014 )

     Ride the Shetucket River ( August 30, 2014 )

     Paddle the 4 Mile River Old Lyme ( August 30, 2014 )

     Branford River Paddle ( August 31, 2014 )

     Information Meeting for the Proposed Renovation of the Bashan Lake State Boat Launch in East Haddam ( September 2, 2014 )

     Paddle from Bayberry Lane - Potluck afterwards ( September 2, 2014 )

     Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle ( September 3, 2014 )

     Paddle Quinebaug River : Brooklyn ( September 3, 2014 )

     Volunteers Wanted for Natchaug River Clean-up!!!! ( September 5, 2014 )

     Salmon River Watershed Stream Monitor Training ( September 6, 2014 )

     Water quality training for volunteers ( September 6, 2014 )

     Lighthouse Park paddle ( September 6, 2014 )

     Mystic River full moon paddle ( September 7, 2014 )

     FULL MOON : West Thompson Lake ( September 9, 2014 )

     Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Roundtable ( September 9, 2014 )

     Paddle from Great Island, Old Lyme - Potluck to follow ( September 9, 2014 )

     Long Island Sound – the Webinar for Municipalities ( September 10, 2014 )

     Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle ( September 10, 2014 )

     East Rock Park New Haven paddle ( September 13, 2014 )

     Candlewood Lake Paddle - length of lake from Sherman to Danbury (one-way) ( September 14, 2014 )

     Poquetanuck cove boat launch Ledyard Paddle ( September 14, 2014 )

     Paddle Quonochontaug Pond/Breachway Rhode Island ( September 16, 2014 )

     Old Killingly Pond ( September 17, 2014 )

     Long Island Sound Public Input Meeting ( September 17, 2014 )

     Swallow Paddle ( September 18, 2014 )

     Announcement of Public Hearings and Request for Public Comment ( September 19, 2014 )

     Paddle through Lover’s Leap Gorge, New Milford ( September 20, 2014 )

     Annual Pomperaug Macroinvertebrate Survey ( September 20, 2014 )

     Brockway Ferry Landing Lyme Paddle ( September 20, 2014 )

     Silver Sands State Park Milford Paddle ( September 21, 2014 )

     Five Mile River Paddle Pizza Party ( September 23, 2014 )

     Quinebaug River Brooklyn Paddle ( September 23, 2014 )

     Webinar: Pharmaceutical Residues in Municipal Wastewater ( September 24, 2014 )

     Ride the Shetucket River ( September 27, 2014 )

     Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup ( September 27, 2014 )

     27th Annual Farmington River Cleanup! ( September 27, 2014 )

     Thames River New London paddle ( September 27, 2014 )

     CFE/Save the Sound Annual Meeting ( September 28, 2014 )

     Paddle from Clifton Street boat launch New Haven ( September 28, 2014 )

     Fall 2014 Nonprofit Grant Applications are now available! ( October 1, 2014 )

     Altschuler Beach West Haven Paddle ( October 4, 2014 )

     Dawson Avenue Beach / Abbott Park west Haven ( October 5, 2014 )

     Invasive Plants Symposium 2014: Where Are We Now? ( October 7, 2014 )

     Ride the Shetucket River ( October 11, 2014 )

     Global Frackdown ( October 11, 2014 )

     Bluff Point State Park moonlight paddle ( October 11, 2014 )

     Pumpkin Race (flatwater) ( October 12, 2014 )

     Paddle From City Boat Ramp West Haven ( October 12, 2014 )

     Veterans Memorial Park Norwalk Paddle ( October 18, 2014 )

     Thimble Islands Paddle ( October 19, 2014 )

     AGRICULTURAL POISONS, AGROTOXINS, FOOD & HEALTH ( October 20, 2014 )

     2nd Annual Run for the River: 5K Run/Walk honoring PRWC's co-founder Dr. Marc Taylor ( October 25, 2014 )

     Branford River Paddle ( October 25, 2014 )

     Four Mile River Paddle ( October 26, 2014 )

     Make your home a RIVER SMART home ( October 31, 2014 )

     Training Workshop: The Stream Simulation Design Approach for Providing Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings ( November 3, 2014 )

     Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) ( December 31, 2014 )

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

Other Event Calendars


Paddling Clinton Harbor

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:30 PM to 8:30 pm Next to aqua's restaurant 6–8 Riverside Dr Clinton, CT 06413 United States, Clinton, CT Looking forward to meeting everyone that can make it out to paddle. If you need to rent a paddle board or kayak, there is a store down the road that rents them out at harbor side marina. For more information about rentals you can go to paddleworksct.com

Event Date: August 27, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Paddling-Clinton-Harbor/events/qlnkdkyslbkc/

(posted July 30, 2014, number 580) Water Trail: yes

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Cedar Lake Practice

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 4:00 PM Cedar Lake Beach & Parking Chester, CT, Chester, CT Open to all paddlers of good will, the Wednesday night gatherings at Cedar Lake are informal. Not a ConnYak event but you'll see many club members there... most are willing to help you work on paddling skills, strokes, rescues, etc., and some are even darn good paddlers. They meet at the boat launch at the north end of the lake. From Rt. 148 take Cedar Lake Rd, turn right on David Rd. and follow the launch signs. The festivities start around 4:00 pm or a little later and last until dark. Bring a chair, also a snack for yourself or to share.The festivities start around 4:00 pm or a little later and last until dark. Bring a snack for yourself or to share.

Event Date: August 27, 2014

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

(posted August 1, 2014, number 591) Water Trail: yes

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle Milford

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:30 PM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT Bridgeport Ave to Naugatuck Ave. All the way to the end and don't stop when you hit water.... After work paddle. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking. Paddle to Charles Island or various other locations depending on wind and weather. Expect one and a half to two hour paddle.

Event Date: August 27, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/New-Haven-and-Fairfield-County-Kayak-Club/events/193822872/

(posted August 1, 2014, number 595) Water Trail: yes

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Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Financing and Funding Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Investments

Innovative Approaches to Financing and Funding Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Investments 08/27/2014 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Registration: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/154679384 Introduction: Funding for stormwater management infrastructure is limited while needs continue to increase. Specifically, Federal and state resources to support green infrastructure investment are dwindling, leaving the burden on local governments. The combination of a challenging economic climate and a growing regulatory presence in stormwater has created a significant, and increasing, funding gap in the stormwater sector. Innovative approaches are needed to reduce the cost burden on the public sector through private investment, incentive-based programs, and unique methods of utilizing public funds. The focus of this webcast will be to cover three alternatives to traditional funding streams for stormwater infrastructure investment. This webcast is sponsored by Corvias Solutions. Corvias Solutions Logo Speakers: •Dominique Lueckenhoff, EPA Region 3 •Erin Williams, Philadelphia Water Department •Brian Van Wye, DDOE •Tracy Mehan, Adjunct Professor, School of Law, George Mason University (Moderator) Registration Information: This webcast is being offered at no charge. Please register through GoToWebinar. There will be 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. Log-on information will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the webcast. Included in this email will be information regarding attendance verification, PDH distribution, and procedures to follow during the live event. Questions about this webcast should be sent to webcasts@wef.org.

Event Date: August 27, 2014

For more information go to http://www.wef.org/InnovativeStormwaterFinancing/

(posted August 19, 2014, number 631) Water Trail: no

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Council on Environmental Quality Meeting

CEQ meeting 9:30 a.m. Aug. 27, Hartford August 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am MEETING NOTICE The Council on Environmental Quality will meet on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM in the Holcombe Conference Room, 5th Floor, 79 Elm Street, Hartford. (Directions) AGENDA 1. Call to order; establishment of a quorum 2. Approval of agenda 3. Approval of July 23, 2014 minutes 4. Chair’s Report 5. Citizen Comment Period* 6. Executive Director’ s Report 7. Review of State Agency Actions a. Water Planning Council: Progress on the State Water Plan, including the proposed Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Connecticut (brief update; potential action item) b. Brief updates from staff on other projects 8. Citizen Complaints – staff updates 9. Indicator of the Month: Inland Wetlands 10. Other Business *The Citizen Comment Period is reserved for people to make brief comments to the Council regarding topics not on the agenda. There will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting.

Event Date: August 27, 2014

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/ceq/site/default.asp

(posted August 21, 2104, number 647) Water Trail: No

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Ride the Shetucket River

The Town of Sprague will provide a free shuttle between River Park and Scotland Dam. Water release is scheduled for 10:00 am on days of the event. Participants can put in any time between 10:00 and 12:00. You can ride the river as many times as water level allows. The ride is 4 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. April 26th May 31st June 28th July 26th August 30th September 27th October 11th Since Ride the Shetucket is weather sensitive, check the Town website on the Thursday prior to the event for any cancellation postings. Paddlers need to have PFD’s and a distress whistle. www.ctsprague.org Please contact Lou Dzialo with any questions. Phone #860-822-6043

Event Date: August 30, 2014

For more information go to http://www.ctsprague.org/news.htm?show=recent&id=7mjbowj2

(posted June 23, 2014, number 475) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle the 4 Mile River Old Lyme

Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:00 AM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT (map) Launch shallow at low tide Ocean class 2-3

Event Date: August 30, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/197426882/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=197426882&_af=event

(posted July 30, 2014, number 570) Water Trail: yes

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Branford River Paddle

Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 AM Branford River Goodsell Point Rd Across from the Branford Yacht Club Branford, CT (map) river class 1, ocean class 2-3

Event Date: August 31, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/197427192/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=197427192&_af=event

(posted July 30, 2014, number 569) Water Trail: yes

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Information Meeting for the Proposed Renovation of the Bashan Lake State Boat Launch in East Haddam

DEEP Announces Public Information Meeting for the Proposed Renovation of the Bashan Lake State Boat Launch in East Haddam Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that a public information meeting is scheduled from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to inform interested parties about the proposed renovation of the State boat launch located on Bashan Lake in East Haddam. The meeting will take place at the Grange Hall on 488 Town Street in East Haddam. Anyone interested in the particulars is invited to attend, look over the design, provide comments, and speak with DEEP officials concerning the proposed work. Plans are to reconstruct the launch and make it a state-of-the-art, handicapped accessible facility. The ramp will be replaced with a single lane, grooved, concrete slab surface with concrete pavers installed around the ramp to prevent erosion; and an ADA accessible, fixed dock system will be added to make launching and retrieval of boats safer and more efficient. The parking lot will be redesigned with the turning area and handicapped parking space paved, with the rest of the lot remaining a gravel surface. Concrete wheel stops will be used to designate parking stalls and the launch capacity will be no more than ten trailered and five car spaces. In addition, a concrete platform with protective bollards will be added for the portable toilet. The Department hopes to begin work in spring 2015.

Event Date: September 2, 2014

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?Q=550956&A=4568

(posted August 9, 2014, number 611) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle from Bayberry Lane - Potluck afterwards

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:30 PM Bayberry Lane Boat Ramp Bayberry Lane, Groton, CT Go to the end of Bayberry Lane and look for the kayaks Paddling out of Bayberry Lane some people paddle to Bluff Point, others to New London Ledge Light, or the more adventurous may got to the Dumplings. Bring some food to share after the paddle

Event Date: September 2, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/events/201766272/?a=me1_evn&rv=me1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 669) Water Trail: yes

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:30 PM After work paddle. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking. Paddle to Charles Island. Expect one and a half to two hour paddle.

Event Date: September 3, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/New-Haven-and-Fairfield-County-Kayak-Club/events/193822912/?a=md2_evn&rv=md2&_af_eid=193822912&_af=event

(posted August 19, 2014, number 630) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle Quinebaug River : Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:30 PM Riverside Park Greenway Drive , Brooklyn, CT (map) https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Event Date: September 3, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/159439852/?a=me1_evn&rv=me1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 672) Water Trail: yes

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Volunteers Wanted for Natchaug River Clean-up!!!!

The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District and The Last Green Valley, in partnership with the Town of Windham and Willimantic Waste Paper Co., are looking for volunteers to help with a clean-up of the Natchaug River.

When: Friday, September 5th, 8 am - noon

Where: Lauter Park, Rt. 195, Willimantic, CT (just south of East Brook Mall)

We will supply: trash bags, gloves, reacher/grippers, water and lunch (pizza)!

You should bring: clothes that can get dirty and wet, sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots, a change of clothes to go home in, favorite gloves if you have them, and a desire to get wet and dirty and make a difference!

We will stage at Lauter Park and split into two groups that will clean the river from Lauter Park south to the confluence with the Willimantic River. Trash will include standard stuff like floatables, and also shopping carts and bicycles that did not learn to swim. The water is shallow and wading will likely be possible. Canoes or kayaks may be useful to reach trash from the water. A few jon boats, as well as ropes and grappling hooks, would be really helpful to remove and transport shopping carts back to the staging areas. Lauter Park has a roof-top boat launch for ease of access to the water.

Please contact Judy at ECCD at 860-887-4163 x401 or judy.rondeau@comcast.net, or Lois at TLGV at 860-774-3300 or Lois@tlgv.org to register. Join us after the clean-up for a pizza lunch!!

Event Date: September 5, 2014

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1447355282219341/

(posted August 25, 2014, number 664) Water Trail: No

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Salmon River Watershed Stream Monitor Training

HOW HEALTHY ARE OUR STREAMS? VOLUNTEER AS A STREAM MONITOR AND HELP US FIND OUT

Saturday September 6, 2014 9:30am to 2:30pm East Hampton Public Library—105 Main Street

Learn to collect and identify stream insects that are good indicators of water quality and stream health at an indoor workshop. Then we will apply our training in the field at selected sites in the Salmon River watershed. CT DEEP will use the results to assess the health our local streams.

* Please preregister by contacting Patricia Young (860)345-8700 — Email: salmonriverct@att.net
* Dress appropriately for fieldwork (old sneakers, hip boots or waders are recommended. Bring a lunch and snacks

Sponsored by
Salmon River Watershed Partnership
CT River Coastal Conservation District
Connecticut River Watch Program

Event Date: September 6, 2014

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/285842654866886/photos/a.285863624864789.67328.285842654866886/621188887998926/?type=1&theater

(posted August 13, 2014, number 618) Water Trail: No

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Water quality training for volunteers

Help us collect stream critters! Saturday, September 6th 9:00 AM at Anderson Acres Farm 1 Anderson Acres Kent, CT 06757 Please join the Housatonic Valley Association at Anderson Acres Farm for a Water quality training for volunteers. We'll show you how to collect benthic macroinvertebrates, and then head out to sample sites along the East and West Branches Of the Aspetuek River.

You may be asking, "what are benthic invertebrates, and we would we want to collect them?" Well, "benthic" means "bottom dwelling", and "macroinvertebrates" are critters without backbones that we can see with our naked eyes. So when we talk about "benthic macroinvertebrates", we mean larger critters withour backbones that live on the bottom of our streams. the benthic macroinvertebrates we find at a particular site give us a snapshot of how clean the water is at that location, which helps us plan our future water protection work. We'll also share what we find with the CT DEEP so they can include our results in their statewide water quality database. We'll meet at Anderson Acres Farm at 9:00am for coffee, bagels and training; then head out to the stream to collect critters. Please come prepared to be outside. HVA can provide hip boots for people who want to get into the stream. We'll meet at Anderson Please contact Mike Jastremski, HVA Water Protection Director to RSVP and for detailed directions. Phone 860-672-6678; email mj.hva@outlook.com Hope you can join us!

Event Date: September 6, 2014

For more information go to http://www.hvatoday.org/events-and-news/events/show/help-us-collect-stream-critters

(posted August 19, 2014, number 633) Water Trail: No

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Lighthouse Park paddle

Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00 AM Lighthouse Point Park 2 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT (map) Ocean Class 2-3 Launch located in Lighthouse Point Park. I-95 South exit 51, I-95 North exit 50. Go South on Townsend Street then right onto Lighthouse Road to the park. Parking 60 Cars At the mouth of New Haven Harbor, watch for ship traffic

Event Date: September 6, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202232632/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 667) Water Trail: yes

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Mystic River full moon paddle

Sunday, September 7, 2014 5:30 PM Mystic River 95 Boat Launch 604 River Rd, Mystic, CT (map) look for the Branford Kayaking Group sign on black Subaru Forester River Class 1 very scenic 600 River Road Groton Launch is on the West bank of the Mystic River just North of I-95. Parking 8 cars

Event Date: September 7, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202233652/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 666) Water Trail: yes

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FULL MOON : West Thompson Lake

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 6:30 PM West Thompson Lake Campground 449 Reardon Road, N Grosvenordale, CT (map) https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Event Date: September 9, 2014

(posted July 14, 2014, number 467) Water Trail: yes

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Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Roundtable

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving cordially invites you to join us for a roundtable discussion among environmental organizations in the Greater Hartford region. The discussion is scheduled for September 9th from 9:00 am-10:30 am at the Hartford Foundation offices, 10 Columbus Boulevard. This discussion will assist the Foundation in better understanding the environmental issues in our region. If you can join us, it would be helpful if you would be ready to discuss at the meeting your organization’s: 1) unique mission and role in the community; 2) key partners; 3) current challenges and opportunities; and 4) how the Foundation can best support the environment in the Capitol Region. To let us know if you will be attending, please e-mail Erika Frank at efrank@hfpg.org. We look forward to your participation on September 9th. If you have any questions prior to the event please feel free to contact myself or Sharon O’Meara at jrozie-battle@hfpg.org or someara@hfpg.org. Thanks, Judy Judith Rozie-Battle | Vice President for Program Hartford Foundation for Public Giving 860-548-1888 x1031 |jrozie-battle@hfpg.org 10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106 CONNECT WITH US: Website: http://www.hfpg.org/ | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HartfordFoundation | Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hartfordfdn | News: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001Cz2gV83Vs3o7Tw5oWCU2kQ==

Event Date: September 9, 2014

For more information go to http://www.hfpg.org/Default.aspx

(posted August 19, 2014, number 627) Water Trail: No

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Paddle from Great Island, Old Lyme - Potluck to follow

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 7:00 PM Great Island Old Lyme Boat Ramp Smith Neck Rd, Old Lyme, CT (map) Drive to the end of the road. Unload your boat at the ramp. Park back at the lot There are nice choices for calm paddling by heading to the Right, up towards the Lieutenant River, or by turning left and then left again to go down the Black Hall River. Others may venture out over the bar looking for waves at the zipper or to paddle over the the Old Saybrook Light House on the breakwater. Bring some tasty snacks to share after the paddle.

Event Date: September 9, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/events/201766672/?a=me1_evn&rv=me1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 670) Water Trail: yes

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Long Island Sound – the Webinar for Municipalities

Join us online on September 10, 11:30 to 12:30 Long Island Sound – the Webinar for Municipalities Is your town connected to Long Island Sound? There’s a NEW Plan emerging for the protection and management of Long Island Sound. Find out more about how your town can benefit, including potential funding sources. Tell federal and state agencies what environmental challenges your town faces. Join us for a one-hour webinar. Location: Join us online at http://ow.ly/Acswl Telephone: 1 800 704 9804 Enter Code: 94344118# September 10, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. To preregister send an email to contact@watervisionllc.com. You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Hosted by the Long Island Sound Study WIN THIS BOOK! Pre-registration Send an email to contact@watervisionllc.com. enters you into a raffle to win the new book "Long Island Sound Prospects for the Urban Sea" worth over $150

Event Date: September 10, 2014

For more information go to http://static.ow.ly/docs/Long%20Island%20Sound%20%20the%20Webinar%20Flyer_final_2qyk.pdf

(posted August 21, 2014, number 645) Water Trail: No

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 5:30 PM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT (map) Bridgeport Ave to Naugatuck Ave. All the way to the end and don't stop when you hit water.... After work paddle. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking. Paddle to Charles Island. Expect one and a half to two hour paddle.

Event Date: September 10, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/New-Haven-and-Fairfield-County-Kayak-Club/events/193822962/?a=md1_evn&rv=md1&_af_eid=193822962&_af=event

(posted August 22, 2014, number 648) Water Trail: yes

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East Rock Park New Haven paddle

Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM East Rock Park Cold Spring and Orange Streets, New Haven, CT (map) Look for Branford Kayaking Group sign on black Subaru Forester Class 1 river

Event Date: September 13, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202234442/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 665) Water Trail: yes

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Candlewood Lake Paddle - length of lake from Sherman to Danbury (one-way)

Sunday, September 14, 2014 8:30 AM Sherman Town Park Sawmill Rd., Sherman, CT

Please join us for this one-way length of Candlewood Lake paddle from the northwest end (Sherman Town Park) to the south end of the lake (Danbury Town Park). Approximate distance is 11 miles. (for those who would like to join us for a shorter time – read about plan B below). Schedule for this paddle is as follows: 8:30 - 9 am – drop off kayaks at Sherman Town Park (someone will be there to stay with kayaks) Drive your car to the parking lot across from the Danbury Town Park boat launch 9:45 am – bus will bring all participants back to the Sherman town park for launch. 10:30 – Launch (there will be restroom facilities available at the launch site) Lunch will be at a stop at a public access/recreation area of Vaughn’s Neck (a large peninsula in the middle of Candlewood Lake) This area has a flat, easy to land-on, shoreline, with woods behind it and trails into the woods. Everyone should bring their lunch. There are no port-o-johns at the site, but lots of woods.

Afternoon – continue on to Danbury Town Park.

Plan B – for those who cannot do an 11 mile paddle, there is a 6 mile alternative: after dropping off your kayak in Sherman, drive to and park at the New Fairfield State Boat Launch on Route 39. Our bus will pick you up there on the way to the launch in Sherman. After a morning paddle and lunch with our group, it is about a mile or so to the New Fairfield state boat launch.

Other details about this paddle: There will be a cost for all participants (to cover the cost of the bus) – between $12-15, depending how many participants there are. The last week of August we will post two forms to be filled out by each participant- a liability release form and a registration form for the paddle. We will post the address of where these forms should be sent, along with the fee for the paddle.

There is no rain date scheduled for this paddle. A very rainy day or thunderstorms and/or extreme winds will cancel the paddle. If we cancel, participants can either receive a refund of their fee, or they can choose to donate the money to our meetup site expenses.

If you are interested in participating in this paddle (either the whole length of the lake or the shorter version) please sign up now, so we get an idea of how many we have. The cost per person will be based on number participating. Then at the end of August we can determine the exact fee.

Exact addresses of the parks will be posted later in August.

There will be power boats on the lake, but we will be mostly staying near the shoreline for this paddle, and will cross open areas of water in groups. PFD’s, whistles are required.

We did a similar paddle to this in 2011 –from Danbury to New Milford (also almost 11 miles). We had 25 participants, a beautiful day, and a great paddle! More information to come in a few weeks!

Event Date: September 14, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/events/198717232/

(posted August 4, 2014, number 599) Water Trail: yes

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Poquetanuck cove boat launch Ledyard Paddle

Sunday, September 14, 2014 10:00 AM Poquettanuck Cove boat launch Drawbridge Road, Ledyard, CT (map) Class 1 river I-95 North to I-395 North take the route 2A east exit 79A to Preston/ Ledyard and continue 1/4 mile. Take route 2Aeast and continue2-1/2 miles, turn right onto rte 12 South (Military Highway), turn right into boat launch entrance after crossing Poquetanuck Cove bridge.

Event Date: September 14, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202236282/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 663) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle Quonochontaug Pond/Breachway Rhode Island

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:30 PM Quonochontaug Breachway West Beach Road, Charlestown, RI Drive all the way to the end of West Beach Rd. Look for kayaks. The tide rushes fast out of the breach way for some fun playing in waves, or go into the pond for a calmer experience. Bring good stuff to share at the potluck

Event Date: September 16, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/events/201767702/?a=me1_evn&rv=me1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 671) Water Trail: yes

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Old Killingly Pond

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:30 PM Old Killingly Pond 194 Pond Road, Dayville, CT https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Event Date: September 17, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/161768672/

(posted July 14, 2014, number 468) Water Trail: yes

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Long Island Sound Public Input Meeting

Long Island Sound Public Input Meeting

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:30-4:30pm Southern Connecticut State University Adanti Student Center, Room 301, New Haven, CT

Welcoming remarks by Mark Tedesco Director of the EPA Long Island Sound Office Guest presentation by Dr. James Tait, SCSU Associate Professor of Science Education and Environmental Studies Hurricanes and Sea Level Rise

Poster presentations of SCSU student research about LIS will be on display

Break-out sessions will be conducted to collect public input on the update to the CCMP A draft plan will be available in early September at www.longislandsoundstudy.net/Planupdate

For more information and to register, visit www.longislandsoundstudy.net/Planupdate Take part in the future of the Sound by participating in Long Island Sound Study’s Update to the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Join us for the Long Island Sound Public Input Meeting to discuss the update to Long Island Sound Study’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), a plan to protect and restore Long Island Sound.

Residents will have the opportunity to provide comments and suggestions on the update to the CCMP, which is expected to be completed in early 2015. The updated CCMP will provide guidance for the Long Island Sound Study and its partners, including New York, Connecticut, and the Environmental Protection Agency, in restoration efforts for the next 20 years. The plan will include more than 100 “actions” to be accomplished by 2020.

Event Date: September 17, 2014

For more information go to http://longislandsoundstudy.net/about/our-mission/updating-the-comprehensive-conservation-and-management-plan/

(posted August 20, 2014, number 639) Water Trail: no

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Swallow Paddle

Each evening beginning in late August and continuing into early October, hundreds of thousands of swallows, preparing to migrate south, gather in the sky over Goose Island near the mouth of the Connecticut River at Old Saybrook and Old Lyme.

As the light fades on these late-summer and early-fall nights, swallows arrive from every direction -- biologists think they come from a radius of 25 or more miles -- as far away as Long Island and Rhode Island. Once above the island, the swallows soar together in a kind of rhythmic aerial ballet. Then, just before dark, prompted by some signal still unknown to researchers, they form a tornado-like funnel and plummet into the phragmites reeds that cover the island, where they spend the night.

If you give a hoot about nature, you want to see this spectacle at least once.

It only takes about three minutes for as many as 500,000 swallows to disappear into the reeds. Biologists think the reason the swallows gather is safety in numbers -- a swallow's odds of being killed by a predator are far less if it is one of 500,000 birds compared to, say, one of 20 birds. Come early October, they migrate south to places like Florida and Louisiana.

Goose Island is closest to the Old Lyme shore, but shoreline access to the swallow show is minimal there. You really need a boat.

Group kayak and canoe outing to Goose Island on Sept. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m., sponsored by the Connecticut River Watershed Council and the Connecticut River Museum. Depending on the size of the group, paddlers leave from Essex or Old Lyme and paddle the short distance to Goose Island. Free for members of either organization, $8 for non members. Information at 860-767-8269, ext. 110, or crm@ctrivermuseum.org.

Event Date: September 18, 2014

For more information go to http://www.courant.com/hartford-magazine/hc-hm-sky-ballet-20140730,0,4140300.story

(posted August 15, 2014, number 623) Water Trail: yes

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Announcement of Public Hearings and Request for Public Comment

Announcement of Public Hearings and Request for Public Comment The New England District Corps of Engineers has received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from ALGONQUIN GAS TRANSMISSION, LLC (AGT),5400 WESTHEIMER COURT, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77056-5310 c/o Terry Doyle, AGT, LLC' 890 Winter Street, Waltham, Massachusetts, 02451. This work is proposed in wetlands and waters adjacent to the AGT MLV-19 pipeline in the City of Danbury, Connecticut; Line 36.4. in the towns of Cromwell and Rocky Hill, Connecticut and the E-1 system in the towns of Lebanon, Franklin, Norwich, and Montville, Connecticut. In the State of Massachusetts a new lateral pipeline is proposed off of the existing I-4 pipeline in the towns of Westwood, Dedham and West Roxbury. Work regulated by the Corps is water body crossings and the placement of permanent or temporary fill in wetlands and streams along the proposed natural gas pipeline route. Other portions of the proposed project with impact to waters of the United States will be undertaken in the State of New York and are the subject of a concurrent application to the New York District Corps of Engineers. Public Comment Period Begins: 8/19/2014 Ends: 9/19/2014

Event Date: September 19, 2014

For more information go to http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices/tabid/15025/Article/494068/nae-2013-01233.aspx

(posted August 19, 2014, number 632) Water Trail: no

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Paddle through Lover’s Leap Gorge, New Milford

Free Paddle Trips on the Housatonic River – 2014

HVA is pleased to announce a series of free paddle trips on the river for this season. Registration is required. Space is limited! Reserve a space in one of our canoes or register to bring your own boat. Call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday.org for registration or further information. Additional trip information is provided to registered participants. All of our trips are in partnership with the Upper Housatonic Valley Heritage Area. In addition, we are grateful to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for cosponsoring our paddle trips.

Saturday, September 20 Time: 10am – 4pm Paddle through Lover’s Leap Gorge, New Milford, Connecticut Enjoy a section of the Housatonic River in New Milford, Connecticut. Paddle through Lover’s Leap Gorge and up a portion of the Still River – a paddling distance of about six miles. A short portage is necessary to avoid an old “knee” dam. Suitable for adults and families with children 12 years and older.

Event Date: September 20, 2014

For more information go to http://www.hvatoday.org/assets/PDFs/PaddleTripsSummer2014.pdf

(posted June 14, 2014, number 439) Water Trail: yes

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Annual Pomperaug Macroinvertebrate Survey

COME LOOK IN THE POMPERAUG RIVER FOR SMALL, FUNNY-LOOKING CRITTERS!

Annual Macroinvertebrate SurveySaturday September 20, 2014 from 9:00 to 2:00 PM Woodbury Emergency Services Building, 25 Quassuk Road

We will teach you about the small creatures in our river (mostly larvae of certain insects...) and why having them there indicates excellent water quality. We’ll then go out into the river and see how many of these critters we can actually find and report our results to the CT Department of Environmental Protection.

Dress for wading and children must be over 12 and have an adult with them. Join in the fun! Please pre-register by calling the Coalition at 203-263-0076 or emailing us at events@pomperaug.org. For more info, visit www.pomperaug.org.

Event Date: September 20, 2014

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

(posted August 12, 2014, number 616) Water Trail: No

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Brockway Ferry Landing Lyme Paddle

Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM Chester-Hadlyme Ferry Ferry Rd, Lyme, Town of, CT Black Subaru Forester with Branford Kayaking Group sign Class 1 River On street parking

Event Date: September 20, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202239542/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 662) Water Trail: yes

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Silver Sands State Park Milford Paddle

Sunday, September 21, 2014 10:00 AM Silver Sands State Park Boston Post Rd, Milford, CT (map) Ocean Class 2-3

Event Date: September 21, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202239972/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 661) Water Trail: yes

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Five Mile River Paddle Pizza Party

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 5:30 PM Five Mile River Water st, Danielson, CT https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly The end of the year paddle, finish with a pizza party at the shop. The shop is less then a quarter mile from the paddle. No cost for the paddle or food but you can donate some money, if you would like to pay for the pizza ;) ( Blue Pine Outdoors : 21 Furnace St Danielson, CT )

Event Date: September 23, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/188944532/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=188944532&_af=event

(posted June 18, 2014, number 458) Water Trail: yes

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Quinebaug River Brooklyn Paddle

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:30 PM Riverside Park Greenway Drive , Brooklyn, CT (map) https://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Event Date: September 23, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/159439852/

(posted July 14, 2014, number 466) Water Trail: yes

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Webinar: Pharmaceutical Residues in Municipal Wastewater

Volunteer River and Stream Monitors - The following upcoming webinar may be of interest: U.S. EPA Water Research September Webinar: Pharmaceutical Residues in Municipal Wastewater September 24th, 2014, 12:00-1:00 PM ET There are thousands of pharmaceuticals in use today. Some pharmaceuticals have been found in water and have raised concerns about the potential risks they pose to both humans and our ecosystems. These pharmaceuticals tend to make their way in to our waters primarily through excrement of active drugs directly from patients and subsequent incomplete removal of those pharmaceuticals from our wastewater during wastewater treatment. This webinar will describe our estimates of potential risks to people as well as aquatic life by combining aquatic concentration information with available dose-response data. This analysis includes data from our recent study of pharmaceutical concentrations in effluent samples from 50 very large municipal wastewater plants located across the United States. Contributors: Mitch Kostich, Angela Batt, Susan Glassmeyer, and Jim Lazorchak. Presented by Mitch Kostich Mitch Kostich is a Research Biologist with EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mitch’s research focus is the application of emerging measurement technologies and data science to the characterization of risks posed by chemical contaminants. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-research-webinar-pharmaceutical-residues-in-municipal-wastewater-tickets-12607837381?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NjQ4NjY4OS9tZWdoYW4ucnV0YUBjdC5nb3YvMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformal001&utm_term=eventpage

Meghan Ruta Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator Monitoring and Assessment Program Planning and Standards Division Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127 P: 860.424.3061 E: meghan.ruta@ct.gov message from DEEP-StreamVolMon listserv. TO SUBMIT CONTENT TO THE LISTSERV: Send an email to DEEP-StreamVolMon@list.state.ct.us TO CONTACT THE LISTSERV ADMINISTRATOR: If you are having trouble subscribing or unsubscribing from the listserv, or if you have other listserv related questions, please contact the the listserv administrator at DEEP-StreamVolMon-owner@list.state.ct.us or meghan.ruta@ct.gov. TO UNSUBSCRIBE: Send an e-mail message to imailsrv@list.state.ct.us . Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the message type: Unsubscribe DEEP-StreamVolMon FirstName* LastName* (*Substitute with your first and last name.) You will receive an e-mail confirmation that you have been removed from the listserv.

Event Date: September 24, 2014

For more information go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-research-webinar-pharmaceutical-residues-in-municipal-wastewater-tickets-12607837381?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NjQ4NjY4OS9tZWdoYW4ucnV0YUBjdC5nb3YvMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformal001&utm_term=eventpage

(posted August 19, 2014, number 628) Water Trail: No

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Ride the Shetucket River

The Town of Sprague will provide a free shuttle between River Park and Scotland Dam. Water release is scheduled for 10:00 am on days of the event. Participants can put in any time between 10:00 and 12:00. You can ride the river as many times as water level allows. The ride is 4 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. April 26th May 31st June 28th July 26th August 30th September 27th October 11th Since Ride the Shetucket is weather sensitive, check the Town website on the Thursday prior to the event for any cancellation postings. Paddlers need to have PFD’s and a distress whistle. www.ctsprague.org Please contact Lou Dzialo with any questions. Phone #860-822-6043

Event Date: September 27, 2014

For more information go to http://www.ctsprague.org/news.htm?show=recent&id=7mjbowj2

(posted June 23, 2014, number 476) Water Trail: yes

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Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system – rivers, streams and banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Each fall, thousands of Source to Sea logovolunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA, CT) to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. In 2013, more than 2,200 volunteers pulled over 45 tons of trash from over 138 miles of river banks and waterways. Volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions and refrigerators. Read about the 2013 event in the Cleanup Chronicle (PDF), including the list of groups that participated and the tally of all trash pulled from the river. The water is cleaner, river banks are safer and the wildlife are happier thanks to the generous efforts of the sponsors, businesses, watershed organizations, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, school groups, municipalities and community members who make the event possible. How to get involved You can help protect our water resources and be a part of this fun and positive event. Supporting the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup, either as a sponsor, a group leader, or participant will make an immediate impact on the health, beauty and vibrancy of your community. Volunteers are needed before the event to scout sites and prepare for the Cleanup. Are you interested in educational resources to connect your students to the Source to Sea cleanup? Check out the video, book and poems created by K-6 students as part of the River of Words program to inspire their peers and engage their communities in the annual cleanup. For more information about the Cleanup, contact River Steward Jacqueline Talbot at cleanup@ctriver.org or 860-704-0057. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean! - See more at: http://www.ctriver.org/portfolio-items/source-to-sea-cleanup/#sthash.WpuWNFpb.dpuf

Event Date: September 27, 2014

For more information go to http://www.ctriver.org/portfolio-items/source-to-sea-cleanup/

(posted August 6, 2014, number 606) Water Trail: No

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27th Annual Farmington River Cleanup!

27th Annual Farmington River Cleanup! When: Saturday - September 27, 2014 from 10 am - 2 pm Come lend a hand and help clean up our beautiful river! Gloves, Bags, Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Clean up will be at various sites all over the Farmington Valley including Barkhamsted. To find out more and register, call 860-658-4442 EXT. 0, or visit www.frwa.org.

Event Date: September 27, 2014

For more information go to http://frwa.org/

(posted August 20, 2014, number 642) Water Trail: no

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Thames River New London paddle

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:30 AM Thames River boat launch State Pier Road New London State Pier Road, New London, CT (map) Black Subaru Forester with Branford Kayaking Group sign River Class 1-2 I-95 to exit 83, Make a left onto Williams Street, then right onto Cole Street. Turn slight right onto State pier Road, follow for 4/10 mi. you will have to take a left in order to stay on State Pier Road. Thames River boat launch will be on your left.

Event Date: September 27, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202241962/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 660) Water Trail: yes

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CFE/Save the Sound Annual Meeting

Fabien Cousteau headlines CFE/Save the Sound Annual Meeting 4-7 p.m. Sept. 28, 2014, Ridgefield September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm The CFE/Save the Sound Annual Meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at the Auditorium at the Ridgefield Public Library. Featured speaker is Fabien Cousteau, French aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer. Since 1978, Connecticut Fund for the Environment has been the state’s nonprofit legal champion for the environment. CFE has been using law, science, outreach and education to improve air and water quality, minimize the negative impacts of highways, and preserve open space, wetlands and public water supplies for more than 30 years. Founded in 1972, Save the Sound is dedicated to the restoration, protection, and appreciation of Long Island Sound and its watershed through advocacy, education and research. You may R.S.V.P. to Michelle LeMere at mlemere@ctenvironment.org or for more information, call Michelle at 203-787-0646, Ext. 104. Seating is limited.

Event Date: September 28, 2014

For more information go to http://environmentalheadlines.com/ct/event/fabien-cousteau-headlines-cfesave-the-sound-annual-meeting-4-7-p-m-sept-28-2014-ridgefield/

(posted August 14, 2014, number 619) Water Trail: No

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Paddle from Clifton Street boat launch New Haven

Sunday, September 28, 2014 10:00 AM Clifton Street boat Launch Clifton Street, New Haven, CT (map) River Class 1, on street parking State Street New Haven to Grand Avenue, left onto Quinnipiac Avenue, left onto Clifton Street.

Event Date: September 28, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202242732/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 658) Water Trail: yes

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Fall 2014 Nonprofit Grant Applications are now available!

Attention watershed organizations serving Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, Woodbury. Fall 2014 Nonprofit Grant Applications are now available! Connecticut Community Foundation grant guidelines and applications are online for the October 1, 2014 grant deadline. This round, our grants will emphasize the following priorities: • Environmental Awareness and Action • Healthy Residents and Healthy Communities • Resident Engagement and Leadership In addition, the Foundation will continue to provide funding for the following special initiatives: • Early Childhood Education (LitLinks) • Pathways for Older Adults Please note that Nonprofit Excellence and Naugatuck Health (Saunders) Grants will not be considered in this round. Proposals for these initiatives will be accepted in February 2015. Please visit www.conncf.org/apply-grant for more information and to apply.

Event Date: October 1, 2014

For more information go to http://www.conncf.org/nonprofits/apply-grant/

(posted August 20, 2014, number 643) Water Trail: no

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Altschuler Beach West Haven Paddle

Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:00 AM Altschuler Beach boat launch Altschuler Street, West Haven, CT (map) Black Subaru Forester with Branford Kayaking Group sign Ocean Class 2-3 I-95 South to exit 44, slight right onto Kimberley Avenue, stay straight to go onto Elm Street, turn left onto Wagner road. Turn slight right onto Kelsey Avenue then left onto Captain Thomas Boulevard, turn right onto oak street and then a left onto Palace Boulevard access by Oak or Palace Streets. I95 North to exit 42, left onto Sawmill Rd. Slight right onto Kelsey Avenue follow the rest of the directions above to launch. On street parking

Event Date: October 4, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202244902/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 657) Water Trail: yes

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Dawson Avenue Beach / Abbott Park west Haven

Sunday, October 5, 2014 10:00 AM Dawson Beach / Abbotts Cove Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT Ocean Class 2-3

Event Date: October 5, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202246552/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 656) Water Trail: yes

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Invasive Plants Symposium 2014: Where Are We Now?

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) will present a symposium on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Student Union, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The symposium will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The theme of the symposium is: Invasive Plants 2014: Where Are We Now? People with all levels of interest and experience are invited to attend. This 7th biennial conference features national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for managing invasive plants, promoting non-invasive plants and improving wildlife habitat. The symposium is open to the public and will include introductory information about invasive plants.

Well-known Keynote speaker, Dr. Sarah Reichard, Professor and Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens will present “Five-year Target: A down-to-earth vision bridging policy, research and management”. David Gumbart from the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will deliver closing remarks.People with all levels of interest and experience are invited to attend. This 7th biennial conference features national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for managing invasive plants, promoting non-invasive plants and improving wildlife habitat. The symposium is open to the public and will include introductory information about invasive plants.

Nationally-recognized keynote speaker Dr. Sarah Reichard, Professor and Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens will present “Five-year Target: A down-to-earth vision bridging policy, research and management”. David Gumbart from the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will deliver closing remarks.

Concurrent afternoon sessions will include:
•Tips for successful invasive plant management projects
•Alternative plants for improving gardens and other areas as wildlife habitat
•Priorities and partnering for invasive plant management
•Aquatic invasive plant updates
•Early Detection – curbing the spread
•Species-specific invasive plant identification, management and alternative plants

Research posters, an invasive plant identification area and other educational exhibits will be featured throughout the day.

Event Date: October 7, 2014

For more information go to http://cipwg.uconn.edu/2014-symposium/

(posted August 13, 2014, number 617) Water Trail: No

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Ride the Shetucket River

The Town of Sprague will provide a free shuttle between River Park and Scotland Dam. Water release is scheduled for 10:00 am on days of the event. Participants can put in any time between 10:00 and 12:00. You can ride the river as many times as water level allows. The ride is 4 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. April 26th May 31st June 28th July 26th August 30th September 27th October 11th Since Ride the Shetucket is weather sensitive, check the Town website on the Thursday prior to the event for any cancellation postings. Paddlers need to have PFD’s and a distress whistle. www.ctsprague.org Please contact Lou Dzialo with any questions. Phone #860-822-6043

Event Date: October 11, 2014

For more information go to http://www.ctsprague.org/news.htm?show=recent&id=7mjbowj2

(posted June 23, 2014, number 477) Water Trail: yes

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Global Frackdown

Global Frackdown: An International Day to Stop Fracking October 11, 2014

Mission Statement: Fracking for oil and gas is inherently unsafe and the harms of this industry cannot be fully mitigated by regulation. We reject the multi-million dollar public relations campaign by big oil and gas companies and urge our local, state, and national officials to reject fracking. We stand united as a global movement in calling on governmental officials at all levels to pursue a renewable energy future and not allow fracking or any of the associated infrastructure in our communities or any communities. We are communities fighting fracking, frac sand mining, pipelines, compressor stations, LNG terminals, exports of natural gas, coal seam gas, coal bed methane and more. Fracking is not part of our vision for a clean energy future and should be banned.

What will organizations get out of participating?
◾An opportunity to increase media attention locally by tying local events to the global day of action
◾The chance to create a powerful counter-narrative to the industry PR push though coordinated, unified actions across the world
◾Sample materials to use for the day of action, including media advisory template, event page to track registrations, and template editable flyers
◾An opportunity to build your organization by being part of a growing, powerful, meaningful and winning movement
◾Your event featured on the Global Frackdown website and link to your organization and event

What types of events should we do? Events should be fun, creative, and locally relevant. The idea is to use a global day of action to amplify what is happening and needed locally. Some ideas include:
◾Protests outside elected officials’ office
◾Street theater outside oil or gas company headquarters
◾Film screening of Gasland or Spilt Estate
◾Petition gathering action
◾Work in community to generate phone calls to key decision makers
◾Visibility event at key intersection with signs
◾Assemblies / pot luck about fracking with community members

Connecticut Event Sponsors:
◾CCAG
◾ConnFACT ◾Housatonic Valley 350
◾Sisters of Mercy
◾Watershed Partnership, Inc.

Event Date: October 11, 2014

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

(posted August 11, 2014, number 613) Water Trail: No

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Bluff Point State Park moonlight paddle

Saturday, October 11, 2014 5:30 PM Bluff Point State Park 45 Depot Road, Groton, CT (map) Black Subaru Forester with Branford Kayaking Group sign Ocean Class 1 in cove, Class 2-3 ocean Lights required for night paddling

Event Date: October 11, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202248472/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 655) Water Trail: yes

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Pumpkin Race (flatwater)

Pumpkin Race (flatwater) October 12 11:00 AM Farmington River Simsbury, CT Distances: 7 mi, 4 mi Jim Miller 860-242-7294

Event Date: October 12, 2014

For more information go to http://www.neckra.org/races/race-information/listing/2014/pumpkin-race

(posted July 11, 2014, number 524) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle From City Boat Ramp West Haven

Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:00 AM City Boat Ramp West Haven Beach Street, West Haven, CT Ocean Class 2-3 I-95 to exit 44, from the South turn slight right onto Kimberley Avenue, from North take the West Haven Ramp, turn left onto Kimberley Avenue. Turn left onto First Avenue then left onto April Street. Parking lot.

Event Date: October 12, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202249612/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted August 22, 2014, number 653) Water Trail: yes

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Veterans Memorial Park Norwalk Paddle

Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:00 AM Veterans Memorial Park 42 Seaview Ave, Norwalk, CT Ocean Class 2-3 Parking lot

Event Date: October 18, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202250382/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=202250382&_af=event

(posted August 22, 2014, number 652) Water Trail: yes

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Thimble Islands Paddle

Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:00 AM Thimble Islands - Stony Creek 178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT (map) Black Subaru Forester with Branford Kayaking Group sign Ocean Classes 2-3 On street Parking

Event Date: October 19, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202250912/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=202250912&_af=event

(posted August 22, 2014, number 651) Water Trail: yes

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AGRICULTURAL POISONS, AGROTOXINS, FOOD & HEALTH

An informative slide presentation about the impact of AGROTOXINS on the environment and human health October 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Litchfield Community Center Rt. 202 West, Litchfield FREE Presentation by Betsy Glassman - educator, environmental researcher and writer Contact: wordpix@optonline.net Ph: 860-567-3347

Event Date: October 20, 2014

For more information go to http://www.thecommunitycenter.org/id135.htm

(posted August 20, 2014, number 644) Water Trail: No

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2nd Annual Run for the River: 5K Run/Walk honoring PRWC's co-founder Dr. Marc Taylor

Join us for the 2nd Annual Run for the River: 5K Run/Walk honoring PRWC's co-founder Dr. Marc Taylor. This year the event will start and finish at River Glen Health Care Center and follow a 5K route that includes Route 172 (South Britain Road), Main Street South, and the scenic Flood Bridge Road. The course crosses the Pomperaug River twice and affords a few scenic views of the river. Race details and registration information coming soon. Race will begin at 9:00AM, with runner check-in prior.

Event Date: October 25, 2014

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/263510073849042/

(posted August 14, 2014, number 620) Water Trail: No

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Branford River Paddle

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM Goodsell Point Rd Across from the Branford Yacht Club Branford, CT (map) Black Subaru Forester with Branford Kayaking Group sign River class 1, Ocean class 2-3

Event Date: October 25, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202251212/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=202251212&_af=event

(posted August 22, 2014, number 650) Water Trail: yes

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Four Mile River Paddle

Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:00 AM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT (map) Ocean Class 2-3 shallow launch at low tide

Event Date: October 26, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202251562/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=202251562&_af=event

(posted August 22, 2014, number 649) Water Trail: yes

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Make your home a RIVER SMART home

Hosted by Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition Friday, October 31 at 11:30am - 1:00pm Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - UConn Waterbury 99 E Main St, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702 Tickets Available olli.uconn.edu

Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch program at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) that is part of the UCONN Campus in Waterbury.

Make your home a RIVER SMART home, as you are introduced to the tools to help conserve water, reduce chemical use and ultimately create ways to naturally absorb and filter water runoff. By making positive differences in your home, you can help reduce polluted runoff – rain water that picks up nutrients, salts, sediments and bacteria that are carried to nearby waterways. Learn simple steps to keep our vital water resources clean.

Carol Haskins, Outreach Director of the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, earned a MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. Carol has been splashing around rivers, ponds and lakes since early childhood in Vermont, and now gets to share her passion for aquatic environments by teaching people about the watershed.

For more information: http://olli.uconn.edu/olli-cafe-lecture-descriptions/

This program is FREE for OLLI Members. Registration is REQUIRED. See "ticket" link at https://www.facebook.com/events/494922203978087/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular for registration details.

Event Date: October 31, 2014

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/494922203978087/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

(posted August 14, 2014, number 621) Water Trail: No

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Training Workshop: The Stream Simulation Design Approach for Providing Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings

Training Workshop: The Stream Simulation Design Approach for Providing Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings

This 4.5 day workshop will present the USDA Forest Service’s stream simulation method, an ecosystem-based approach for designing and constructing a channel through the road-stream crossing structure that reestablishes physical and ecological continuity along the stream corridor.

Workshop Description: This 4.5 day workshop will present the USDA Forest Service’s stream simulation method, an ecosystem-based approach for designing and constructing a channel through the road-stream crossing structure that reestablishes physical and ecological continuity along the stream corridor. The premise of stream simulation is that if the design channel simulates the dimensions and characteristics of the adjacent natural channel, fish and other aquatic organisms should experience no greater difficulty moving through the structure than if there were no crossing. Water depths, flow velocities, and flow paths in the channel through the road-stream crossing are designed to be as complex and diverse as those encountered in the adjacent natural channel. Stream simulation integrates fluvial geomorphology with engineering principles to design a road-stream crossing that contains a natural and dynamic channel through the structure. This approach requires measurements of site specific channel characteristics in the adjacent natural channel to ensure that an appropriate reference reach can be identified. Identifying a reference reach is a key concept and component of stream simulation as it provides the natural template for designing a channel through the crossing and determining the size and embedment depth of the replacement structure.

This workshop will teach participants the necessary skills to design road-stream crossing structures that provide unimpeded fish and other aquatic organism passage through the structure, restore natural channel characteristics and fluvial processes through the structure, and maximize the long-term stability of the structure. Participants will systematically go through the stream simulation methodology of collecting and interpreting channel data at road-stream crossing sites, applying and integrating these data to develop engineering-based stream simulation design channels and road-stream crossing structures, and effectively constructing stream simulation designs by using numerous examples and class-based exercises. Participants work in interdisciplinary teams throughout the workshop to resolve road-stream crossing scenarios at different stages of the stream simulation site assessment, design, and construction process. An all- day field trip to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will occur mid-week. The field trip to multiple road-stream crossing sites will complement and reinforce concepts presented in the classroom as participants will identify, assess, and discuss various ecological, geomorphic/hydrologic, and engineering issues at those sites.

Dates: November 3-7, 2014 (4.5 days)

Location: Lexington, Virginia

Tuition: None, participants pay travel and per diem

Workshop Sponsors: USDA Forest Service: National AOP Design Cadre; Southern Regional Office-R8; George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Target Audience: Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers, Hydrologists, Geomorphologists, Ecologists, Biologists, Geologists Contact for Additional Information: Leigh McDougal; 404-347-4082; lmcdougal@fs.fed.us

Event Date: November 3, 2014

For more information go to http://easternbrooktrout.org/news/announcements-inbox/training-workshop-the-stream-simulation-design-approach-for-providing-aquatic-organism-passage-at-road-stream-crossings

(posted August 21, 2014, number 646) Water Trail: No

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Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC)

Founded in 2001, the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) is an eclectic group of active paddlers who enjoy exploring the various waterways of the Housatonic Valley and other areas of upper Fairfield County and Litchfield County.

Our goal is to bring together fellow paddlers of all skill levels and paddle in an environmentally friendly manner while enjoying the camaraderie of those with similar interest. We schedule various types of activities throughout the year: paddling, camping and picnicking in the warm seasons; hiking, bowling, and dining when it's too cold to paddle.

Most of HVPC's paddle outings tend to be comfortably-paced, moderate-distance excursions on flat water; and are a good venue for newer paddlers, or those who just enjoy quiet, low-key paddles with lots of socializing.

You will find us to be a very friendly club and we welcome paddlers of all levels and interests. If you don’t yet have a boat, we can guide you as to what to buy or rent, along with the required necessities, such as whistles and PFDs. An annual skills workshop is held every year on Mt. Tom Pond and has proven helpful for novices as well as more experienced paddlers.

Some of our favorite venues include Candlewood Lake (pre-Memorial Day and post-Labor Day), Lake Waramaug, the Lake Lillinonah and Lover's Leap sections of the Housatonic, Lake McDonough and Mt. Tom Pond. Bantam Lake, Bantam River, the Twin Lakes, and New York State's Great Swamp are also visited on a regular basis.

While we are an easy-going group, we take safety seriously. PFDs and whistles must be worn when paddling with the club. A signed release of liability is also mandatory. Note that the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club, its organizers, and its members assume no legal and or civil responsibility for or to any individual or event. Your personal safety is your responsibility alone.

NOTE: HVPC is currently transitioning from our old site to the Meet Up site and we are currently getting our existing members up to speed with the features of this new site. It may take some time (possibly several weeks) for new members to receive their notice of admission. Thank you for your patience! Note also, for the safety of our members, we do require that you have a recognizable profile picture.

We're 45 Social Paddlers Join us! New members must be approved by the Organizer Content of this Meetup Group is only visible to members

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:00 AM Impromptu Paddle 6 Social Paddlers attending

Event Date: December 31, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/?gj=ej1b&a=wg2_rdmr

(posted March 20, 2014, number 335) 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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Archived Event Listings: Are you looking for an event listed on this page sometime in the past? You can get over 300 of them going back to 2008 here: Past River Related Events in Connecticut. Warning: its a big page, takes a while to load, many graphics are no longer available and many of the links are no longer active.

Some Other Events Calendars:

1. No Child Left Inside, (a special initiative of Governor M. Jodi Rell, coordinated by the DEP) events page

2. CTCalendar.com environment events

3. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service monthly newsletters with great calendars in each one

4. Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter event calendars

5. Housatonic Valley Association events page

6. Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter flatwater and coastal paddling trips and whitewater upcoming events

7. Conservation Districts:

Northwest conservation calendar

Connecticut River Coastal upcoming workshops

North Central events

Eastern calendar of conservation events

8. Connecticut Audubon Society events calendar

9. Connecticut Forest and Park Association guided hikes & family nature programs

10. Farmington River Watershed Association events

11. The Norwalk River Watershed Association events calendar

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