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River and Water Related Events in CT

CT River Coastal Conservation District Plant Sale! ( April 30, 2017 )

Science and Technology Subcommittee ( May 1, 2017 )

CT State Water Plan Phase II Public Meeting CANCELLED ( May 1, 2017 )

Steering Committee of the Water Planning Council (WPCSC) ( May 2, 2017 )

East River Paddle ( May 7, 2017 )

National River Rally 2017 in Michigan ( May 8, 2017 )

Western Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( May 9, 2017 )

Eastern Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( May 10, 2017 )

Policy Subcommittee Meeting ( May 11, 2017 )

Clinton Landing Paddle ( May 13, 2017 )

Register Your Connecticut Trails Day Event (June 3 or 4) ! ( May 15, 2017 )

Water Planning Council Advisory Group (WPCAG) ( May 16, 2017 )

CT Water Planning Council (WPC) ( May 16, 2017 )

Branford River Paddle ( May 17, 2017 )

Central Corridor Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( May 17, 2017 )

East River Paddle ( May 20, 2017 )

Harbor Park Mattabessett River Paddle ( May 21, 2017 )

4 Mile River Old Lyme Paddle ( May 27, 2017 )

Branford River Paddle ( May 28, 2017 )

Thimble Island Paddle ( June 3, 2017 )

Blacks River Paddle ( June 4, 2017 )

Science and Technology Subcommittee ( June 5, 2017 )

CT Water Planning Council (WPC) ( June 6, 2017 )

Paddle the Thimbles ( June 7, 2017 )

Policy Subcommittee Meeting ( June 8, 2017 )

LISS-CAC 2nd Quarter Meeting ( June 8, 2017 )

Harbor park moonlight paddle ( June 10, 2017 )

Bluff Point Moonlight Paddle ( June 10, 2017 )

Connecticut River Baldwin Bridge Paddle ( June 11, 2017 )

Western Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( June 13, 2017 )

Salmon River Paddle ( June 17, 2017 )

Paddle the Thimbles ( June 18, 2017 )

CT Water Planning Council (WPC) ( June 20, 2017 )

Water Planning Council Advisory Group (WPCAG) ( June 20, 2017 )

4 Mile River Old Lyme Paddle ( June 24, 2017 )

WEC's Future Now Expo! ( June 24, 2017 )

Connecticut River / Goodspeed Paddle ( June 25, 2017 )

Steering Committee of the Water Planning Council (WPCSC) ( July 5, 2017 )

Lake Zoar Paddle ( July 9, 2017 )

Baldwin Bridge, CT River Paddle ( July 12, 2017 )

CT Water Planning Council ( August 1, 2017 )

Other CT water-related event calendars


CT River Coastal Conservation District Plant Sale!

Our 2017 plant sale will take place April 28-30 at Tanger Outlets in Westbrook. The 2017 brochure and order form are now available on our website (download PDF brochure). We encourage you to order early for the best selection! Advance orders are due April 7, 2017, but there will also be extra plants available for purchase at the sale.

This year we are excited to have two new special boxed selections, one designed to attract pollinators (including butterflies and hummingbirds), and the other to attract birds (songbirds as well as hummingbirds). They come packaged in a rustic, reusable, handmade pine box, perfect for a special gift. We are also selling the popular Organic Compost from Collins Powder Hill Farm in Enfield. And once again, the sale features a variety of pollinator plants, edible landscaping plants, wet-loving plants for rain gardens, and plants suitable for waterside buffer gardens.

Photographs and more detailed descriptions of all plant selections, along with the brochure and order form, will be posted soon at http://www.conservect.org/ctrivercoastal/PlantSale/tabid/321/Default.aspx

Event Date: April 30, 2017

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

(posted February 21, 2017, number 367)

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Science and Technology Subcommittee

Science & Technical Subcommittee Meetings are usually the first Monday each month.

The first Monday of May is the 1st.

Event Date: May 1, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?q=574962

(posted March 15, 2017, number 16)

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CT State Water Plan Phase II Public Meeting CANCELLED

Come share your voice in the early stages of developing Connecticut’s State Water Plan at any one of the next set of public meetings. These public meetings will provide a forum to learn about the planning process, the goals of the plan, and future water management strategies that will be evaluated. They will also provide the public with opportunities to engage in dialogue with state officials and project consultants, ask questions, and discuss issues. The first set of meetings on Phase I of the process were held in October 2016 in three different areas of the state.

Past State Water Plan Phase II Public Meetings:
Thursday, January 26, 1-3 p.m. (at Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, Norwich, CT)
Click here for the Meeting presentation
Thursday, February 23, 1-3 p.m. (at Southbury Town Hall

The Final CT State Water Plan (Phase II) Public Meeting (originally scheduled for April 13), was cancelled on Apr 4 and may be rescheduled for sometime in May.

Event Date: May 1, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted April 12, 2017, number 731)

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Steering Committee of the Water Planning Council (WPCSC)

Usually meets the first Tuesday of a month, alternating with the Water Planning Council (WPC).

See the CT Water Planning webpage calendar at http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp 2017 schedule of the State Water Planning Council Steering Committee Meetings at Office of the Authority, Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Event Date: May 2, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted March 15, 2017, number 23)

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East River Paddle

Sunday, May 7, 2017 10:00 AM East River State Boat Launch Circle Beach Road, Guilford, CT East River Guilford/Madison East River paddle, Connecticut state boat Launch. This site is paved and will accommodate 25 cars; it has sanitary facilities in season. Parking area floods at high tide. The East river is a nice quiet paddle that meanders through marshes and residential areas, under highways and railroad tracks. There is plenty of wildlife to see with birds, shell fish, and turtles in abundance. This is a class 1 paddle under normal conditions and can last 3 or 4 hours depending on speed and the distance you want to paddle. As with most of our paddles the direction, distance and time is determined by the group. There are several places on Route 1 you can stop after for a bite to eat if you’d like to socialize. I have paddled this many times in summer, fall and winter and I find it a very relaxing area to paddle. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 7, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578150/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 490)

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National River Rally 2017 in Michigan

Hosted by River Network

May 8-11, 2017 | Grand Rapids, Michigan

River Rally, hosted annually by River Network, is a national conference that focuses on education, inspiration and celebration with the river and water community. Unique in its focus on connecting peers, providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally brings together hundreds of people from across the United States and the world who care about water issues. Join NGO staff and volunteers, academics, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, and community leaders for the biggest (and most fun) water-focused event of the year!

Event Date: May 8, 2017

For more information go to https://www.rivernetwork.org/events-learning/river-rally/about/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 603)

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Western Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting

Usually meets second Tuesday of each month, Brookfield Town Hall, 100 Pocono Road, Brookfield, CT

The revised Anticipated WUCC meeting dates are at http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/drinking_water/pdf/2016-2018_revised_wucc_meeting_dates.pdf, but be sure to check the main DPH WUCC page at http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=387352 for an updated document.

Western WUCC documents are at http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=576504

Event Date: May 9, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=576504

(posted March 22, 2017, number 17)

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Eastern Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting

Meetings are usually the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, 5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich, CT

These dates are from DPH's Anticipated WUCC meeting dates available from the main DPH WUCC page. That is where any updated document listing changed meeting dates would be found.

Links to meeting agendas, minutes, and other Eastern WUCC documents are at http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=576502

Event Date: May 10, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=576502

(posted March 15, 2017, number 9)

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Policy Subcommittee Meeting

Usually meets the second Thursday each month.

Agendas and Minutes are available at http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?q=573636#navskip scroll down page to the Policy Subcommittee section.
Chair is Betsey Wingfield, DEEP, Betsey.Wingfield@ct.gov

Event Date: May 11, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted March 27, 2017, number 4)

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Clinton Landing Paddle

Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:00 AM Clinton Landing 54 East Main Street, Clinton, CT ClintonTown Landing This site is behind the Clinton Town Hall and has a large paved parking lot, a deck leading down to the dock as well as a gazebo with picnic tables and food trucks in season. The easiest way to get boats to the dock is to bring them to the railing by the ramp down to the dock and lift them over the fence and then carry them down to the dock. You can get to the Hammonasset River from here by going to the right by the marinas when you get out near the river mouth. This goes past the marinas, past Hammonasset State Park and under route 1. If you are careful in picking your landing spot there is a place to stop and rest right after you go under route 1. This is usually a class 1 paddle and can go for several miles up river depending on how far you want to paddle. The other route from this launch would be out to the Sound and to the right you can go by Hammonasset beach and to the left you can follow the coast toward Saybrook. This paddle is rated from 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions at the time. Direction, distance and time is determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 13, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578260/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 577)

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Register Your Connecticut Trails Day Event (June 3 or 4) !

2017 Connecticut Trails Day Event Registration By: Chuck Toal - Trails Day Coordinator . Folks Enjoying the Tree Walk at Cedar Hill DID YOU KNOW that Connecticut Trails Day is the largest Trails Day Celebration in the country? And it's all because of your commitment to sharing your passion for trails with others! Join us for 2017 Trails Day by hosting an event on June 3rd or 4th, and together we'll encourage folks to get their hearts pumping by enjoying the thousands of miles of trails Connecticut has to offer. Click here for Seven Reasons why you should plan your own Trails Day Event First, here's what you need to know when planning your event: •Events must be FREE, open to the public, and take place on Saturday, June 3 or Sunday, June 4, 2016. •Hikes, walks, trail runs, rides, paddles, letterboxing/geocaching, and trail work parties are welcome. •Bike and equestrian rides must be held on authorized multi-use trails; participants are required to wear safety gear. •Paddle participants are required to wear an approved personal flotation device. •Once registered you'll receive an event leader packet with additional details, including an outing sign-in sheet. •Event leaders are asked to submit their outing sign-in sheets to CFPA. •All event submissions will be subject to proofing/editing prior to publishing. •Submitters will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting the online form. Save that email! •If you don't see the email, don't forget to check your email Junk Mailbox too. If there is still no confirmation email, your event may not have gone through. Please contact Chuck Toal at trailsday@ctwoodlands.org to confirm that your online submission was received. Phew…that just about covers it. So register your event below, today! Event submissions must be received by May 15, 2017 to be included in the enhanced, comprehensive 2017 CT Trails Day online directory of events.

Event Date: May 15, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ctwoodlands.org/ct-trails-weekend/2017-connecticut-trails-day-event-registration

(posted January 30, 2017, number 428)

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Water Planning Council Advisory Group (WPCAG)

Usually meets the third Tuesday each month

See the CT Water Planning website calendar at http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

In general, you can find links to WPC-related documents such as agendas and minutes at http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?a=4801&Q=573636&PM=1 Scroll down that page for subcommittee links.

WATER PLANNING COUNCIL ADVISORY GROUP tentative 2017 MEETING DATES
Meetings will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the offices of PURA. All of these dates are Tuesdays: March 21, April 20, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19

Event Date: May 16, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted March 22, 2017, number 15)

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CT Water Planning Council (WPC)

Usually meets the first Tuesday of a month, alternating with the Steering Committee (WPCSC).

March 16, 2017
Office of the Secretary of the State 30 Trinity Street Hartford, CT 06106
RE: Additional Water Planning Council Meetings
On December 22, 2016, in accordance with the provisions of Section 1-225(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Water Planning Council (WPC) announced the meeting schedule for 2017 of the WPC. Additional meetings of the WPC will be held on the dates and times shown below. The purpose of the meetings is to coordinate the final stages of the development of the state water plan.
MEETING DATES TIME LOCATION
Friday, March 24, 2017 1:30pm 410/450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford Conference Room C
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:30pm 10 Franklin Square, New Britain
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:30pm 79 Elm Street, Hartford Russell Room, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1:30pm 410/450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford Conference Room A/B

Meeting dates approved at the Dec 6 WPC meeting can be found on the third page of the agenda.

PAST Water Planning Council and related committees' and workgroups' meeting Notices, Agendas, Minutes, Reports, and Publications can be found at http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?q=573636. Be sure to scroll down to see all committees.

Event Date: May 16, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted March 22, 2017, number 730)

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Branford River Paddle

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:00 AM Branford River Goodsell Point Rd Across from the Branford Yacht Club Branford, CT BranfordState Boat Launch Branford State Boat Launch was refurbished during the 2016 season and has a nice large parking area with sanity facilities provided in season. It is on the Branford River and you can go upriver or downriver to the Sound. The up river paddle is best at high tide due to some shallow areas. The river meanders for miles mostly through developed areas. This is usually a class 1 paddle. The route to the sound goes through several marinas past The Hospice in Branford and out around Indian Neck. If you head right from here you can head for Kelsey Island, The Farm River, East Haven, Lighthouse Park, and the mouth of the Quinnipiac River. If you go left at the mouth of the Branford River you go around Indian Neck and head towards Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands. These ocean routes are rated 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions. Like most of our tips the direction, distance and duration are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 17, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578345/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 495)

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Central Corridor Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting

Usually meets the third Wednesday of each month

For more information regarding the Central WUCC, please click on the following link: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3139&q=576506

Anticipated WUCC meeting dates are at http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/drinking_water/pdf/2016-2018_revised_wucc_meeting_dates.pdf, check the main DPH WUCC page at http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=387352 for an updated document.

Event Date: May 17, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=576506

(posted March 15, 2017, number 7)

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East River Paddle

Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM East River State Boat Launch Circle Beach Road, Guilford, CT East River Guilford/Madison East River paddle, Connecticut state boat Launch. This site is paved and will accommodate 25 cars; it has sanitary facilities in season. Parking area floods at high tide. The East river is a nice quiet paddle that meanders through marshes and residential areas, under highways and railroad tracks. There is plenty of wildlife to see with birds, shell fish, and turtles in abundance. This is a class 1 paddle under normal conditions and can last 3 or 4 hours depending on speed and the distance you want to paddle. As with most of our paddles the direction, distance and time is determined by the group. There are several places on Route 1 you can stop after for a bite to eat if you’d like to socialize. I have paddled this many times in summer, fall and winter and I find it a very relaxing area to paddle. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 20, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578361/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 573)

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Harbor Park Mattabessett River Paddle

Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:00 AM Harbor Park 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT HarborPark / MattabassettRiver This site has paved parking for quite a few cars, and a restaurant right next to the launch area. There is some boat traffic due to the dock for the restaurant. Unknown if there are sanitary facilities other than at the restaurant. From the paved launch you proceed up river and under the Arigoni Bridge and to the left side of the island. A short way up there is a river overpass on the left; this is the mouth of the Mattabassett River. The Mattabassett River meanders through marsh area along side of Route 9 and runs several miles. This is a serene area to paddle in spite of its proximity to the highway with many beautiful plants and animal species to observe. The hardest part of this paddle is the stretch from the boat ramp to the mouth of the Mattabassett River this can go from a class 2 to a class 4 depending on snow melt or rain run off from as far North as the border with Quebec, Canada. The Mattabassett River usually is rated from 1 to 2 except in the flood season. There is an alternate entry point to the Mattabassett River behind the Dunkin Donuts in Cromwell. There is little parking there and boats must be carried to the river down a dirt path. As with most all our paddles direction and distance is determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 21, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578377/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 312)

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4 Mile River Old Lyme Paddle

Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00 AM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT 4 Mile River, Old Lyme This area has a large paved parking area with a one lane road down to a cul de sac at the launch. There are sanitary facilities in the parking area in season. This area can be used at either high or low tide but at low tide the left and under the railroad bridge. On the left is Rocky Neck State Park, if you go left past the park you can go past Griswold Island, Watts Island, There are some beach areas to stop on or picnic at. If you continue on you can go past Black point into the Niantic area. If you go right after you pass under the railroad bridge you will be headed for the mouth of the Connecticut River, on your way there are some small beaches to stop for a rest on. Please observe all signs for nature preserves. Both of these are classed as 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions and like all of our paddles length and direction are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 27, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578393/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 576)

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Branford River Paddle

Sunday, May 28, 2017 10:00 AM Branford River Goodsell Point Rd Across from the Branford Yacht Club Branford, CT Branford State Boat Launch Branford State Boat Launch was refurbished during the 2016 season and has a nice large parking area with sanity facilities provided in season. It is on the Branford River and you can go upriver or downriver to the Sound. The up river paddle is best at high tide due to some shallow areas. The river meanders for miles mostly through developed areas. This is usually a class 1 paddle. The route to the sound goes through several marinas past The Hospice in Branford and out around Indian Neck. If you head right from here you can head for Kelsey Island, The Farm River, East Haven, Lighthouse Park, and the mouth of the Quinnipiac River. If you go left at the mouth of the Branford River you go around Indian Neck and head towards Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands. These ocean routes are rated 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions. Like most of our tips the direction, distance and duration are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: May 28, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578414/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 569)

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Thimble Island Paddle

Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 AM Thimble Islands - Stony Creek 178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT Thimble Islands, Stony Creek This launch has a concrete apron down to the water that can be slippery at low tides. Sanitary facilities are available in season. Parking is on street and can be difficult during the summer season. This paddle is rated 2 to 4 and can change rapidly. This is a picturesque area with the small rocky islands and the varied styles of houses; it also has a great many islands in close proximity the most visited of which is Outer Island which is part of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a very popular paddling spot every time it is posted. As usual the direction, distance, and time are decided by the group members. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 3, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578441/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 444)

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Blacks River Paddle

Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:00 AM Great Island Old Lyme Boat Ramp Smith Neck Rd, Old Lyme, CT Great Island State Boat launch, Old Lyme - South Route The Great Island boat launch has a paved area by the launch where several people can load and unload at the same time power and paddle craft can share the space at the same time. There are sanitary facilities available in season large enough for handicapped access. After your boats are unloaded you drive your vehicle to the upper parking lot where there is ample parking. This launch is one that services several destinations to the left you can head for the mouth of the Connecticut River and the Sound where you can head toward the four mile river and Rocky Neck State Park to the left of the mouth of the Connecticut River to the right across the river is Fenwick and the Lighthouse. Be careful if you take this route not to paddle too close to the breakwater leading to the lighthouse because the current tends to force you into the rocks. If you go left before you get to the small beach you can go up the Black River, under the highway and follow a lazily meandering waterway that goes for miles. You will pass some residences and marshes and be able to observe the abundant wildlife, especially the fiddler crabs. This launch has much to offer for any type of paddler. As usual direction, distance, and duration are decided by the members of the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 4, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578470/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 31)

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Science and Technology Subcommittee

Science & Technical Subcommittee Meetings are usually the first Monday each month.

The first Monday of June is the 5th

For more information check the calendar at http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?q=574962, or contact Chair Virginia deLima or Ryan Tetreault, DPH.

A meeting location will be identified closer to the meeting dates.

Event Date: June 5, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?q=574962

(posted February 13, 2017, number 3)

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CT Water Planning Council (WPC)

Usually alternates with the Steering Committee on the first Tuesday of each month.

June 6, 2017
August 1,2017
October 3, 2017
December 5, 2017

PAST Water Planning Council and related committees' and workgroups' meeting Notices, Agendas, Minutes, Reports, and Publications can be found at http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?q=573636. Be sure to scroll down to see all committees.

Event Date: June 6, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted January 26, 2017, number 1)

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Paddle the Thimbles

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 5:00 PM Thimble Islands - Stony Creek 178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT ( Thimble Islands, Stony Creek This launch has a concrete apron down to the water that can be slippery at low tides. Sanitary facilities are available in season. Parking is on street and can be difficult during the summer season. This paddle is rated 2 to 4 and can change rapidly. This is a picturesque area with the small rocky islands and the varied styles of houses; it also has a great many islands in close proximity the most visited of which is Outer Island which is part of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a very popular paddling spot every time it is posted. As usual the direction, distance, and time are decided by the group members. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles. When you are done paddling there are a couple of restaurants nearby where you can gather with friends and other paddlers to enjoy each others company.

This Meetup repeats every week on Wednesday until June 28, 2017
Paddle the Thimbles Wed Jun 14 5:00 PM
Paddle the Thimbles Wed Jun 21 5:00 PM
Paddle the Thimbles Wed Jun 28 5:00 PM

Event Date: June 7, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236835075/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 32)

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Policy Subcommittee Meeting

Usually meets the second Thursday each month.

Agendas and Minutes are available at http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?q=573636#navskip scroll down page to the Policy Subcommittee section.
Chair is Betsey Wingfield, DEEP, Betsey.Wingfield@ct.gov

Event Date: June 8, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted March 27, 2017, number 339)

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LISS-CAC 2nd Quarter Meeting

Long Island Sound Study Citizens Advisory Committee Second Quarter Meeting
When: June 8, 2017
Where: tbd
Cost: Free

Contact: EPA Long Island Sound Office, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford CT 06904, 203-977-1541

December 2016 Meeting Notes

The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is a volunteer organization that provides ongoing advice to the Federal, state, and local government Management Conference partners working on implementing the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the restoration and protection of Long Island Sound. The CAC is governed by its Bylaws enacted in 1988, and last amended in 2006.

Membership on the CAC is open to individuals representing environmental organizations, businesses, industries, local governments, and other public and private organizations in Connecticut and New York with a demonstrable interest in the restoration and protection of the Sound and its ecosystems.

The CAC meets quarterly on the second Thursday of March, June, September, and December in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut. Meetings are open to the public. Membership is limited to 60 voting members, who are approved by the CAC. Members are committed to the restoration and protection of the Sound, and must abide by the CAC Bylaws to remain in good standing.

Event Date: June 8, 2017

For more information go to http://longislandsoundstudy.net/about/committees/citizens-advisory-committee/

(posted April 4, 2017, number 344)

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Harbor park moonlight paddle

Saturday, June 10, 2017 7:00 PM Harbor Park 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown, CT HarborPark Moonlight Paddle This site has paved parking for quite a few cars, and a restaurant right next to the launch area. There is some boat traffic due to the dock for the restaurant. Unknown there are sanitary facilities other than at the restaurant just a short walk North of the restaurant. From the paved launch you proceed up river and under the Arigoni Bridge and to the right of Wilcox Island, past the Cromwell boat club and town park. We then proceed upriver through residential areas and tracts that are being reclaimed for river access for picnics until we reach the beginning of Gildersleeve Island where there is a small sandy beach at low tide. You might stop at the beach for a rest if the tide is out. From this point you turn back and head back to Harbor Park. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles and lights are Coast Guard Required after dark on all craft.

Event Date: June 10, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236579354/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 60)

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Bluff Point Moonlight Paddle

Saturday, June 10, 2017 7:00 PM Bluff Point State Park (GPS use 41.336666, -72.033524) 49 Depot Road, Groton, CT Bluff Point State Park Groton Bluff Point has a paddle for both the experienced and the novice. It has large gravel parking area for car top/ carry in boats, composting toilets, and a picnic area. For the novice there is the marsh area and the Poquonock River class 1-2. For the more expert paddler the route out around bushy point leads to the sound by Pine Island and around to the other side of the Bluff Point Preserve class 2-4 depending on ocean conditions. Both routes have sandy beach areas where you can stop for a break, or get some sun, or swim. The first time we paddled here we were witnesses to a wedding of a sailor for an added attraction. As usual Direction, distance and time are decided by the group members. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 10, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236578484/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 655)

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Connecticut River Baldwin Bridge Paddle

Sunday, June 11, 2017 10:00 AM Connecticut River , Baldwin Bridge 220 Ferry Road, Old Saybrook, CT (map) Connecticut River / Baldwin Bridge Old Saybrook This has a large paved parking area with a concrete ramp that is used by both power boats as well as paddle craft and it can be busy at times. It is in the midst of several marinas and power boat traffic can be heavy so extra care should be taken. This area is close to the sound and is therefore subject to ocean conditions giving it a rating of class 2 to 4. Across the river and slightly upstream you can find Calves Island and Goose Island, downstream is Dock and Dine, Great Island and the mouth of the Connecticut River emptying to the Sound. I would not recommend it for novices. In the fall between August and September Goose Island is host to the swallow migration which is a very special event to see. As usual direction, distance, and duration are decided by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 11, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236579378/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 33)

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Western Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting

Usually meets second Tuesday of each month, Brookfield Town Hall, 100 Pocono Road, Brookfield, CT

The revised Anticipated WUCC meeting dates are at http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/drinking_water/pdf/2016-2018_revised_wucc_meeting_dates.pdf, but be sure to check the main DPH WUCC page at http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=387352 for an updated document.

Western WUCC documents are at http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=576504

Event Date: June 13, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?q=576504

(posted April 12, 2017, number 8)

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Salmon River Paddle

Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:00 AM Salmon River 117 E Haddam Moodus Road East Haddam, East Haddam, CT (map) Salmon River boat launch/ Salmon River This launch is listed as 117 E Haddam Moodus Road, East Haddam. Sanitary facilities are available in season. There is parking for 60 cars on a dirt parking area, the launch is concrete and is also used by trailered craft, the access is flooded during the spring months. The Salmon river is a serene river flowing through a wooded area with some residential areas. Upstream is a small park area with picnic tables where you can stop and relax, further upstream is a dam. This is a class 1 paddle but is subject to power boat traffic. As usual direction, distance and duration will be decided by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 17, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236580432/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 71)

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Paddle the Thimbles

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:00 PM Thimble Islands - Stony Creek 178 Thimble Island Rd, Branford, CT Thimble Islands, Stony Creek This launch has a concrete apron down to the water that can be slippery at low tides. Sanitary facilities are available in season. Parking is on street and can be difficult during the summer season. This paddle is rated 2 to 4 and can change rapidly. This is a picturesque area with the small rocky islands and the varied styles of houses; it also has a great many islands in close proximity the most visited of which is Outer Island which is part of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a very popular paddling spot every time it is posted. As usual the direction, distance, and time are decided by the group members. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles. When you are done paddling there are a couple of restaurants nearby where you can gather with friends and other paddlers to enjoy each others company.

Event Date: June 18, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236961974/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 651)

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CT Water Planning Council (WPC)

Usually meets the first Tuesday of a month, alternating with the Steering Committee (WPCSC).

March 16, 2017
Office of the Secretary of the State 30 Trinity Street Hartford, CT 06106
RE: Additional Water Planning Council Meetings
On December 22, 2016, in accordance with the provisions of Section 1-225(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Water Planning Council (WPC) announced the meeting schedule for 2017 of the WPC. Additional meetings of the WPC will be held on the dates and times shown below. The purpose of the meetings is to coordinate the final stages of the development of the state water plan.
MEETING DATES TIME LOCATION
Friday, March 24, 2017 1:30pm 410/450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford Conference Room C
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:30pm 10 Franklin Square, New Britain
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:30pm 79 Elm Street, Hartford Russell Room, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1:30pm 410/450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford Conference Room A/B

Meeting dates approved at the Dec 6 WPC meeting can be found on the third page of the agenda.

PAST Water Planning Council and related committees' and workgroups' meeting Notices, Agendas, Minutes, Reports, and Publications can be found at http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?q=573636. Be sure to scroll down to see all committees.

Event Date: June 20, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted March 22, 2017, number 11)

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Water Planning Council Advisory Group (WPCAG)

Usually meets the second or third Tuesday each month

The April 20 meeting was cancelled, the May 16 meeting is in doubt

See the CT Water Planning website calendar at http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

In general, you can find links to WPC-related documents such as agendas and minutes at http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?a=4801&Q=573636&PM=1 Scroll down that page for subcommittee links.

WATER PLANNING COUNCIL ADVISORY GROUP 2017 MEETING DATES
Meetings will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the offices of PURA. All of these dates are Tuesdays: May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19

Event Date: June 20, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted April 12, 2017, number 2)

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4 Mile River Old Lyme Paddle

Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 AM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT 4 Mile River, Old Lyme This area has a large paved parking area with a one lane road down to a cul de sac at the launch. There are sanitary facilities in the parking area in season. This area can be used at either high or low tide but at low tide the left and under the railroad bridge. On the left is Rocky Neck State Park, if you go left past the park you can go past Griswold Island, Watts Island, There are some beach areas to stop on or picnic at. If you continue on you can go past Black point into the Niantic area. If you go right after you pass under the railroad bridge you will be headed for the mouth of the Connecticut River, on your way there are some small beaches to stop for a rest on. Please observe all signs for nature preserves. Both of these are classed as 2 to 4 depending on ocean conditions and like all of our paddles length and direction are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 24, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236580446/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 570)

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WEC's Future Now Expo!

Future Now Expo! June 24, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 2 Bryan Hall Plaza, Washington Depot, CT 06794 Rain or shine! The Future Now Expo is an engaging community event that offers an environment where attendees can speak face to face with exhibitors who have demonstrated a commitment to saving our planet. Additionally, one can attend an informative lecture, watch a documentary film, participate in an action-oriented workshop and enjoy live music. This all-day event is free, walk-able and family-friendly. There will be something for everyone!

Event Date: June 24, 2017

For more information go to https://futurenowexpo.org/

(posted March 22, 2017, number 469)

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Connecticut River / Goodspeed Paddle

Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 AM Goodspeed Airport-42B 15 Lumber Yard Road, East Haddam, CT Goodspeed Airport, East Haddam Parking here is in a grassy field just outside the fence for the airport, there is plenty of parking. There are no sanitary facilities. Launch area is on the bank of the river and is for car top boats only. In season this is usually a class 2 paddle. Upriver you will find Salmon Cove and Salmon River a nice quiet serene area or up the Connecticut River toward Haddam. Down stream you can find Rich Island, Lord Island and Chapman Pond (a Nature Conservancy area). After paddling there are a few restaurants on the other side of the bridge if you work up an appetite. As usual direction, distance and duration are determined by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: June 25, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236580538/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 493)

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Steering Committee of the Water Planning Council (WPCSC)

Usually meets the first Tuesday of a month, alternating with the Water Planning Council (WPC).

See the CT Water Planning webpage calendar at http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

Event Date: July 5, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted March 27, 2017, number 5)

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Lake Zoar Paddle

Sunday, July 9, 2017 10:30 AM Lake Zoar Boat Ramp Scout Road, Southbury, CT LakeZoar, Southbury 210 Scout Road, Simsbury The launch area is paved with space for 60 cars and there are sanitary facilities are available in season. Lake Zoar is a large 909 acre lake that runs between Kettletown State Park and the Paugussett State Forest as part of the Housatonic River from the Stevenson dam at the south and further north to the Shepaug Dam at the start of Lake Lillilonah. It is narrow and runs for several miles and the put in is just west of the Kettletown State Park. This is a class 1 paddle and water height is regulated by the two dams. As usual direction, distance and duration will be decided by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: July 9, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236956098/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 494)

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Baldwin Bridge, CT River Paddle

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:00 AM Connecticut River , Baldwin Bridge 220 Ferry Road, Old Saybrook, CT (map) Connecticut River / Baldwin Bridge Old Saybrook This has a large paved parking area with a concrete ramp that is used by both power boats as well as paddle craft and it can be busy at times. It is in the midst of several marinas and power boat traffic can be heavy so extra care should be taken. This area is close to the sound and is therefore subject to ocean conditions giving it a rating of class 2 to 4. Across the river and slightly upstream you can find Calves Island and Goose Island, downstream is Dock and Dine, Great Island and the mouth of the Connecticut River emptying to the Sound. I would not recommend it for novices. In the fall between August and September Goose Island is host to the swallow migration which is a very special event to see. As usual direction, distance, and duration are decided by the group. Remember PFD’s must be worn on all paddles.

Event Date: July 12, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/236956149/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 491)

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CT Water Planning Council

Meeting dates approved at the Dec 6 WPC meeting can be found on the third page of the agenda. PAST Water Planning Council and related committees' and workgroups' meeting Notices, Agendas, Minutes, Reports, and Publications can be found at http://www.ct.gov/water/cwp/view.asp?q=573636. Be sure to scroll down to see all committees. Additional Water Planning Council meetings were scheduled:
MEETING DATES TIME LOCATION
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:30pm 10 Franklin Square, New Britain
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:30pm 79 Elm Street, Hartford Russell Room, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1:30pm 410/450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford Conference Room A/B

Event Date: August 1, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/water/iCal/calendar.asp

(posted March 27, 2017, number 12)

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