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

     Walktober 2014 in The Last Green Valley ( November 1, 2014 )

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

     Connecticut Soil Health Workshop ( November 4, 2014 )

     Housatonic Valley Paddle Club Annual December meeting and holiday party ( December 9, 2014 )

     HVPC Christmas / Holiday Gala ( December 20, 2014 )

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

     2015 NOFA Winter Conference ( March 7, 2015 )

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

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

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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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Walktober 2014 in The Last Green Valley

Now in its 24th year, Walktober will be here soon. With 115 free guided walks, hikes, paddles and pedals, plus more than 40 special events, Walktober has something for everyone in the most visually intoxicating time of year in The Last Green Valley. Our fabulous parntners have some great experiences planned for Walktober 2013 and we couldn't do it without them! Over 50,000 people participated in Walktober 2013 and we are hoping for even more this year. Download The Last Green Valley's 2014 Walktober Brochure. Please call the TLGV Office at 860-774-3300 if you would like us to mail you a Walktober Brochure. Walktober in The Last Green Valley includes paddle trips and many hikes with water features. See Walks #3, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 38, 40, 42, 43, 45, 47, 48, 50, 52, 54, 70, 72, 73, 75, 79, 81, 82, 83, 86, 87, 92, 95, 98, 100, 101, 105, 109, 111, and Events #8, 14, 16, 30. For events since the pamphlet was printed, go to http://www.tlgv.org/resources/walktober2013info.html and https://www.facebook.com/LastGreenValley

Event Date: November 1, 2014

For more information go to http://www.tlgv.org/resources/walktober2013info.html

(posted August 30, 2014, number 685) Water Trail: yes

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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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Connecticut Soil Health Workshop

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (Election Day)

Scout Hall, East Windsor, CT 9:00am-4:30pm

You are invited to participate in an engaging workshop that captures a farming and ranching phenomenon sweeping the Northeast and across the country. CT DEEP is co-sponsoring this informative workshop, along with the CT Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

This workshop is guaranteed to change the way you think about soils. Presentations will include scientific assessments and policy information, economic benefits of soil health, short video clips, table-top demonstrations and an eye-opening rainfall simulator exercise. Soil erosion and leaching of nutrients to groundwater are significant sources of nutrient and sediment loadings to the waters of the State. Reduced tillage and cover cropping are two practices advocated by DEEP and its partner agencies to mitigate nonpoint source pollution. There are numerous other benefits to agricultural producers that will be presented, that will encourage adoption of practices to improve soil health.

The intended audience is policy makers and those that influence policy, technical experts, and those that give advice on agronomics. These include program staff and managers with CT DEEP and with CT DoAg, Connecticut legislators and staff, U.S. EPA Region 1, USDA NRCS, Conservation Districts, universities and colleges, UCONN Extension, as well as municipal staff and agencies with inland wetlands, conservation, and agriculture. Agency staff and policy makers from surrounding states have been invited to attend as well.

If you are unfamiliar with the USDA NRCS Soil Health program, check out these short videos: How Healthy Soils Should Look - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JZJB4zM3Y4&index=1&list=PL4J8PxoprpGbRi3gZ-fWN0dGD8bnnq3wM Discover the Cover – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHMCJSxQAgo&index=2&list=PL4J8PxoprpGbRi3gZ-fWN0dGD8bnnq3wM Benefits of No-till Farming – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qPu0xING8w&list=PL4J8PxoprpGbRi3gZ-fWN0dGD8bnnq3wM&index=9

Connecticut Soil Health Workshop DRAFT Agenda
Scout Hall, 28 Abbe Road, East Windsor, CT
November 4, 2014
Sponsored by  Natural Resources Conservation Service,  Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area,  Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
9:00-9:15 AM WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS ........................... Lisa Coverdale, State Conservationist
9:15-11:00 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER ......................................... Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronomist: Introduction to Soil Health East Region Technology Center
11:00-11:15 AM BREAK
11:15-11:45 AM RAINFALL DEMONSTRATION .................................. Ray Covino, District Conservationist
11:45-12:45 PM LUNCH
12:45-2:00 PM SOIL FUNCTION AND NUTRIENT CYCLING ............................................... Ray Archuleta
2:00-2:15 PM BREAK
For additional information, contact:
• John Guszkowski, Eastern Connecticut RC&D – (860) 373-7408
• Ray Covino, NRCS – (860) 779-0557, Ext. 102
• Eric Thomas, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection – (860) 424-3548

Event Date: November 4, 2014

For more information go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/soils/health/

(posted , number 708) Water Trail: no

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Housatonic Valley Paddle Club Annual December meeting and holiday party

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 7:00 PM Brookfield Municipal Center / Brookfield Bandstand 100 Pocono Road, Brookfield, CT (map) Join us for a fun evening to celebrate the holiday season. We will have a very short meeting, followed by a gift exchange (please bring a wrapped $10 gift -something related to paddling or outdoor adventuring), yummy treats and desserts (please bring yummy treats and desserts - paper products will be provided), fun games, and lots of laughter. We will also be collecting contributions to cover our meetup site fees. Suggested contribution is $10/person for the whole year.

Event Date: December 9, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/events/207888152/?a=me1_evn&rv=me1&_af_eid=207888152&_af=event

(posted October 13, 2014, number 715) Water Trail: yes

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HVPC Christmas / Holiday Gala

Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:30 PM Needs a location The 10th Annual HVPC Christmas / Holiday Gala for members, friends, partners and spouses, will be December 20 at 6:30 pm. Restaurant is yet to be determined. On October 13, we will be investigating potential venues for the 9 HVPC RSVP's received for the Holiday Gala on December 20. Places book up early

Event Date: December 20, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/events/206370922/?a=me1_evn&rv=me1&_af_eid=206370922&_af=event

(posted October 13, 2014, number 716) Water Trail: yes

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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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2015 NOFA Winter Conference

Dr. Kristine Nichols, Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute, will be the keynote of the 2015 NOFA Winter Conference on March 7th! Dr. Nichols will be discussing "Regenerative, Organic Agriculture for Soil and Climate Health" and has recently been examining the impacts of management such as crop rotation, tillage practices, organic production, cover crops, and livestock grazing on soil aggregation, water relationships, and glomalin. Learn more about her work at http://rodaleinstitute.org/about-us/our-staff/cover crops, and livestock grazing on soil aggregation, water relationships, and glomalin. Learn more about her work at http://rodaleinstitute.org/about-us/our-staff/ To join us on March 7th at Western Connecticut State University, register today at: https://ctnofa.wufoo.com/forms/2015-winter-conf-early-registration/

Event Date: March 7, 2015

For more information go to https://ctnofa.wufoo.com/forms/2015-winter-conf-early-registration/

(posted October 14, 2014, number 712) Water Trail: No

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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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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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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