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

     Learn About PA 490: Land Use Value Assessment Law for Farm Land, Forest Land and Open Space Land ( October 1, 2014 )

     Connecticut Audubon Society 116th Annual Meeting ( October 2, 2014 )

     Altschuler Beach West Haven Paddle ( October 4, 2014 )

     Paddle CT River and Chapman Pond, Hadlyme ( October 4, 2014 )

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

     Last International Coastal Cleanup ( 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 )

     AT Day 2014 ( October 18, 2014 )

     Thimble Islands Paddle ( October 19, 2014 )

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

     Reclaiming a River: Symposium on Urban River Restoration ( October 23, 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 )

     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 )

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

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

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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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Learn About PA 490: Land Use Value Assessment Law for Farm Land, Forest Land and Open Space Land

Attend our free workshop on PA 490 scheduled for October 1, 2014. Details. We will also be hosting a Webinar on this topic this fall. Watch for details. Remember--The Filing period for PA490 is Sept. 1 to Oct.31 Public Act 490 2010 Guide Do you own Farmland, Forest Land or Open Space? In 1963, The Connecticut General Assembly enacted Public Act 63-490, an act concerning the taxation and preservation of farm, forest or open space, commonly referred to as "PA 490." Public Act 490 is Connecticut's Land Use Value Assessment Law for Farm Land, Forest Land and Open Space Land--one of the most important laws to help preserve an agricultural, forest, and natural resource land base in Connecticut. For more than 25 years Connecticut Farm Bureau Association has published and distributed a "PA 490 Guide," a practical guide that provides an overview of PA 490 for landowners, assessors, government officials, and others wanting to understand how this law is applied. Download your PA 490 Guide in pdf form here. Here are other forms and information that you may find useful regarding Public Act 490 classifications: •2010 Recommended Land Use Values Summary •M-29 Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Farm Land (Rev.9/02) •M-39 Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Forest Land (Rev. 9/06) •M-30 Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Open Space (Rev. 9/02) •M-30A Application to the Assessor for Exemption of Open Space Land Owned by a Tax Exempt Organization (Rev. 9/02) •M-66 Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Maritime Heritage Land (Rev. 9/08) •DEP-F-490 Annual Report to State Forester •Connecticut DEP Regulations PA490 Forest Land •Towns with PA 490 Open Space Classification The updated copy of the PA 490 Guide, and the series of presentations about its highlights, is funded in part through a Connecticut Department of Agriculture Agriculture Viability Grant in partnership with the Windham Regional Council of Governments and the CFBA acknowledges this gracious support.

Event Date: October 1, 2014

For more information go to http://www.cfba.org/pa490guide.htm

(posted September 19, 2014, number 696) Water Trail: No

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Connecticut Audubon Society 116th Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 2, 7:30 p.m Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven 3rd Floor 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven The Annual Meeting is free for members of Connecticut Audubon Society and the general public. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Jennifer Prat, development and membership manager, jprat@ctaudubon.org. Highlights include: • keynote address by Pete Marra, research scientist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington D.C. • the presentation of our annual Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award, to Phil Donahue, the TV host and film producer who has worked tirelessly to help restore the population of Purple Martins in Connecticut

Event Date: October 2, 2014

For more information go to http://www.ctaudubon.org/2014/08/join-us-at-our-annual-meeting-october-2-at-the-yale-peabody-museum/#sthash.mW5kFIBR.dpbs

(posted September 19, 2014, number 697) 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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Paddle CT River and Chapman Pond, Hadlyme

O 10/04/14 (Sat) CT River and Chapman Pond, Hadlyme Approx. 6 mile paddle exploring CT River and Chapman Pond. Bring lunch and... Paddling Paddling - Flatwater Connecticut, East of River Flatwater

Event Date: October 4, 2014

For more information go to http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/77810

(posted August 29, 2014, number 683) 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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Last International Coastal Cleanup

CFE/Save the Sound Events Saturday, September 20 Print Showing events after 7/15. Look for earlier events Wednesday, July 16 Preserve Referendum in Essex 6:30pm Westchester Water Quality Community Forum Wednesday, July 30 Tabling at Gathering of the Vibes Thursday, July 31 Tabling at Gathering of the Vibes Friday, August 1 Tabling at Gathering of the Vibes Saturday, August 2 Tabling at Gathering of the Vibes Sunday, August 3 Tabling at Gathering of the Vibes Saturday, September 6 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Chimon Island 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Silver Sands State Park Saturday, September 13 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Gulf Beach 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Milford Point 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: East Haven Town Beach 10:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Madison Surf Club Saturday, September 20 International Coastal Cleanup Day 8:30am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Cummings Point 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup - Farm River - East Haven 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Hammonasset State Park 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Hammonasset, West Beach 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Penfield Beach 9:30am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Greens Harbor Beach 9:30am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Oyster Shell Park 10:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Bluff Point State Park 10:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Chimon Island 10:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Harkness Park Beach 10:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Long Warf Preserve 10:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Mitchell Beach 10:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Ocean Beach Park Sunday, September 21 People's Climate March 4:00pm Ruth Ann Bramson "Plum Island" Book Signing Thursday, September 25 7:00pm Plum Island Panel Discussion Saturday, October 4 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Pine Creek Sunday, October 5 9:00am CT International Coastal Cleanup: Cove Island Park

Event Date: October 5, 2014

For more information go to http://ctenvironment.org/get-involved/calendar.cfm

(posted August 28, 2014, number 674) Water Trail: No

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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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AT Day 2014

Save the Date - Sat, Oct 18 is "AT Day 2014" 2:30 PM Macedonia Brook State Park 159 Macedonia Brook Rd, Kent, CT

AT Day is the AMC CT Chapter's biggest outdoor event of the year, usually attracting about 200 people at the peak of the fall color season.

Celebrate the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut with a series of hikes of varying lengths along the entire 53-mile Connecticut section. There will be hikes for experienced hikers and beginners, families, and young members. Other activities will include flatwater paddling, trail work and a bike ride, plus a great opportunity for beginners to try rock climbing with instruction from our Mountaineering Committee. Join us after these events to meet old friends and make new ones at our Grand BBQ from 2.30pm until sunset at Macedonia State Park near Kent. Rain or shine. Members and non-members are welcome. No reservations required. $6 for BBQ.

Look out for more details closer to the date at www.ct-amc.org.

Event Date: October 18, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/AMC-CT-Chapter/events/202558412/

(posted August 29, 2014, number 678) 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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Reclaiming a River: Symposium on Urban River Restoration

Reclaiming a River: Symposium on Urban River Restoration ... Ten years of community collaboration to restore the Bronx and Harlem rivers has resulted in a cleaner river, vibrant ecosystem, numerous education initiatives and improved access to one of New York City’s richest natural resources. The symposium will examine the role of urban river restoration as a driver for community well being and engagement, discuss the ways that clean rivers promote healthy urban ecologies, and identify opportunities for support for urban river programs. We invite you to join this conversation on the impact of healthy river habitats for urban communities. Program Overview We are working hard to make this day inspiring and informative. Here is a preliminary list of confirmed sessions and speakers. Please note that this is subject to change as we continue to expand the program and add speakers. Keynote Speaker: Stephen R. Kellert Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar, Yale University Plenary Sessions: The Bronx River: A Survey of what it was and what it has become Confirmed Speakers: •John Calvelli, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Wildlife Conservation Society •Alexi Torres-Flemming, Founder, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice •Eric Sandersen, Sr. Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society •Linda Cox, Executive Director, Bronx River Alliance The Future: A look at the New York City Waterfront Concurrent Sessions: Examining the Value of Urban River Restoration What does a community gain from a restoration project? What does it mean to the ecology of an urban area? Confirmed Speakers: •Rutherford Platt, Professor of Geography Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst •Chris Bowser, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation •Jose Soergaard, Program Manager, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance •John Waldman, Professor of Biology, Queens College, Author Painting a Picture of Better for an Urban River System What restoration milestones can be expected from an urban river restoration project? What does better look like for an urban river system? Confirmed Speakers: •William Burch, Emeritus Hixon Professor of Natural Resources Management and Senior Research Scholar at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies •Keith Bowers, Founder, Biohabitats •Dart Wesphal, Senior Associate, Support Center for Nonprofit Management •Jerry Willis, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service Planning for Urban River Projects How do ongoing threats and stressors unique to an urban environment impact goals and outcomes? What role does community play in the planning process? Confirmed Speakers: •Jenny Hoffner, Senior Director and Co-Lead, Clean Water Supply Program •Alicia Lehrer, Executive Director, Woonasquatcket River Watershed Council, RI •Judy Shaw, Director, Sustainable Raritan River Initiative •Jim Turek, Restoration Ecologist, NOAA Restoration Center •Annette Williams, Deputy Director, Sustainable South Bronx Restoration of Habitat along the River Corridor What is practice and progress in habitat restoration along the river? What have we done on the Bronx River and what do we need to do to sustain ecological health? Confirmed Speakers: •Robin Kreisberg, Ecology Director, Bronx, River Alliance •Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands and Riparian Restoration Forestry, Horticulture & Natural Resources, NYC Parks •Jessica A. Schuler, Director of the Thain Family Forest, The New York Botanical Garden •Jim MacBroom, Sr. Vice President, Malone and MacBroom, Inc. Restoration and Management of the Watershed: Water quality and Hydrology What are we doing across the Bronx River watershed to improve the ecological function of the river? How are we coordinating? What's next? Confirmed Speakers: •Karen Argenti, Co-Chair Water Committee, Bronx Council for Environmental Equality •Pinar Balci, Director, Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis at New York City Department of Environmental Protection •Lisa A. Baron, Project Manager, Civil Works Branch, Programs and Project Management Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers •Franco Montalto, President, Principal Engineer, EDESIGN, Professor, Drexel University •Laura Wildman, Director, New England Regional Office, Princeton Hydro Restoration of Fish and Wildlife Populations - The River and the Estuary What animals benefit from habitat restoration on the Bronx River? What role does river restoration play in restoring wildlife species? Confirmed Speakers: •Merry Camhi, Director of New York Seascape, Wildlife Conservation Society •Susan Elbin, Director of Conservation and Science, New York Audubon Society •Steve Gephard, Director of Inland Fisheries, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection •James Lodge, Senior Scientist, Hudson River Foundation •Sarah Tobing, Project Manager, Wetlands and Riparian Restoration, Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources, NYC Parks Fostering Urban Environmentalists How does engaging the community in research, hands-on science and restoration projects generate ongoing stewardship for urban rivers? Confirmed Speakers: •Damian Griffin, Former Chief Educator, Bronx River Alliance •Marianne Krasny, Professor, Department of Natural Resources, Director, Civic Ecology Lab •Don Lisowy, Director of Education, Wildlife Conservation Society •Chrissy Word, Director of Youth Development, City Parks Foundation •Betsy Ukeritis, Inter-regional Environmental Educator, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation River Restoration as a Means for Community Engagement How do urban river restoration projects benefit a community? How is community engagement maintained over the long term? Confirmed Speakers: •Lewis McAdams, Executive Director, Friends of the LA River •Colleen Murphy Dunning, Program Director, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Urban Resources Initiative •Ellen Neises, PennDesign, Re-Build by Design •David Shuffler, Executive Director, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice Creating and Protecting Access to Urban Wild Places What are the implications for community and river health when providing access to urban rivers and wild places? Confirmed Speakers: •Dennis Chestnut, Executive Director, Groundwork Anacostia •Adam Green, Executive Director, Rocking the Boat •Chauncy Young, Coordinator, Harlem River Working Group •Bram Gunther, Chief of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources and President of the Natural Areas Conservancy •Kelli Sepulveda, Executive Director, The Point Support for the future of Urban River Projects – Meet the Funders Confirmed Speakers: •Dominic Capolongo, Managing Director - Head of Specialty Finance Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets •Lynn Dwyer, Northeast, Eastern Partnership, National Fish and Wildlife Federation •Penny Fujiko Willgerodt, Executive Director of the Prospect Hill Foundation •Arturo Garcia-Costas, Program Officer, New York Community Trust •Julia Royster, Program Officer, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

Event Date: October 23, 2014

For more information go to http://www.wcs.org/RECLAIMING-A-RIVER/

(posted September 26, 2014, number 699) 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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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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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
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