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Events

     Old Killingly Pond ( September 17, 2014 )

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

     Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle ( September 17, 2014 )

     Swallow Paddle ( September 18, 2014 )

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

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

     Annual Pomperaug Macroinvertebrate Survey ( September 20, 2014 )

     Brockway Ferry Landing Lyme Paddle ( September 20, 2014 )

     Annual ConnYak Picnic ( September 20, 2014 )

     Sea Kayak Mystic River, Mystic ( September 20, 2014 )

     Cleanup Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk ( September 20, 2014 )

     Help Clean Up Sandy Point! ( September 20, 2014 )

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

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

     Quinebaug River Brooklyn Paddle ( September 23, 2014 )

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

     Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle ( September 24, 2014 )

     SepticSmart Week! ( September 26, 2014 )

     Ride the Shetucket River ( September 27, 2014 )

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

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

     Thames River New London paddle ( September 27, 2014 )

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

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

     Paddle Lake Zoar and the Pomperaug River, Southbury ( September 28, 2014 )

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

     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 )

Other Event Calendars


Old Killingly Pond

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

Event Date: September 17, 2014

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

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

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Long Island Sound Public Input Meeting

Long Island Sound Public Input Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Date: September 17, 2014

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

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

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:30 PM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT (map) Bridgeport Ave to Naugatuck Ave. All the way to the end and don't stop when you hit water.... After work paddle. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking. Paddle to Charles Island. Expect one and a half to two hour paddle.

Event Date: September 17, 2014

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

(posted September 2, 2014, number 686) Water Trail: yes

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Swallow Paddle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Date: September 18, 2014

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

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

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Announcement of Public Hearings and Request for Public Comment

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

Event Date: September 19, 2014

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

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

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Paddle through Lover’s Leap Gorge, New Milford

Free Paddle Trips on the Housatonic River – 2014

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

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

Event Date: September 20, 2014

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

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

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Annual Pomperaug Macroinvertebrate Survey

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

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

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

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

Event Date: September 20, 2014

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

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

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Brockway Ferry Landing Lyme Paddle

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

Event Date: September 20, 2014

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

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

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Annual ConnYak Picnic

Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00 AM to 4:00 pm East Haddam Beach E Haddam Colchester Turnpike, East Haddam, CT Once again our fall picnic will be held at Moodus Reservoir at the East Haddem town Beach. Complete details and updates can be found on the ConnYak bulletin board. http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl The picnic is open to all. ConnYak will provide burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. Please see the web site for directions on how to RSVP.

Event Date: September 20, 2014

For more information go to http://www.connyak.org/picnic.htm

(posted August 29, 2014, number 676) Water Trail: yes

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Sea Kayak Mystic River, Mystic

O 9/20/14 (Sat) Sea Kayak Mystic River, Mystic Celebrate the day after Pirate Speak Day, pirate gear encouraged. Paddle... Paddling Paddling - Sea Kayaking Connecticut, East of River Flatwater

O 9/28/14 (Sun) Lake Zoar and the Pomperaug River, Southbury Meet at 10 a.m. for an expected launch time by 10:20 a.m. from the boat... Paddling Paddling - Flatwater Connecticut, West of River Flatwater

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: September 20, 2014

For more information go to http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/77812

(posted August 29, 2014, number 681) Water Trail: yes

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Cleanup Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk

Upcoming shoreline cleanup at Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk. The cleanup will take place on September 20, which is International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC), a world-wide event sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. The trash picked up as part of the ICC is tallied, weighed and tabulated by the Ocean Conservancy, resulting in annual data on what debris, and how much of it, is going into our waterways annually worldwide. Last year, the top collected item was cigarette butts—over 2 million were picked up and counted. More information on ICC is available at http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/. In Connecticut, ICC cleanups are overseen by CT Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound. More information on their efforts at http://www.ctenvironment.org/save-the-sound/coastal-cleanup.cfm. It is important for the Norwalk River Watershed towns, which include Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Weston and Lewisboro, NY, to take part in this vital effort. The Oyster Shell Park cleanup is sponsored by the Norwalk River Watershed Association, The Norwalk Land Trust, HarborWatch at Earthplace, the apartment complex 55/77 Water and Walgreens. Please consider including news of this event which is open to all ages in your publication. I have attached our flyer. Please contact me if you would like any more information. . Thanks, Louise Washer Norwalk River Watershed Assoc. 203-856-1497; lbwasher@gmail.com

Event Date: September 20, 2014

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

(posted September 2, 2014, number 688) Water Trail: No

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Help Clean Up Sandy Point!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/12/14 Contact: WinieWirth, Cleanup Co-Captain 203-859-2971 wirthwitte@att.net or Laura McMillan, CFE Director of MediaCommunications 203-787-0646x128/203-707-6633 What: Save the Sound, a program ofthe Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE), will be holding our 9th annual beach cleanup at Sandy Point, West Haven, an “Important Bird Area”, as a part of the Ocean Conservancy's "International Coastal Cleanup Day." Volunteers include members of Audubon, the New Haven Bird Club, West Haven Watershed Restoration Group, students, and others.Joinus! Why: The cleanup will help prevent predators, attracted by trash, from becoming accustomed to visiting Sandy Point, one of the most important sites in Connecticut for Piping Plovers and other beach-nesting bird species. Plus, the litter data will be used by Ocean Conservancy to help stop litter at its source worldwide. Where: Meet at SavinRock parking lot on Beach St. (immediately east of Chick's Restaurant, 183 Beach St., next to the skate park). When: Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 9:00am-12 noon (all or part of the time). Wear: Wear closed-toe shoes, work gloves, and sunscreen. Bring a non-disposable water bottle to refill from our cooler.

Event Date: September 20, 2014

For more information go to http://www.newhavenbirdclub.com/event/sandy-point-iba-cleanup-west-haven/

(posted September 17, 2014, number 693) Water Trail: No

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Silver Sands State Park Milford Paddle

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

Event Date: September 21, 2014

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

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

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Five Mile River Paddle Pizza Party

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

Event Date: September 23, 2014

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

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

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Quinebaug River Brooklyn Paddle

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

Event Date: September 23, 2014

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

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

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Webinar: Pharmaceutical Residues in Municipal Wastewater

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

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

Event Date: September 24, 2014

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

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

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Regular Wednesday Night Mixed Group Paddle

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 5:30 PM Beach 28 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT (map) Bridgeport Ave to Naugatuck Ave. All the way to the end and don't stop when you hit water.... After work paddle. Beach launch. Plenty of free street parking. Paddle to Charles Island. Expect one and a half to two hour paddle.

Event Date: September 24, 2014

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

(posted September 2, 2014, number 687) Water Trail: yes

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SepticSmart Week!

EPA and its partners are prepping for the second annual SepticSmart Week, Sept. 22-26, 2014. Plan education sessions with local experts, print out materials and hand them out in your community – make it a community service event! www.epa.gov/septicsmart

Did you know that one-quarter of all U.S. homes have septic systems? Yours may be one of them. If you’re not properly maintaining your septic system, you’re not only hurting the environment, you’re putting your family’s health at risk—and may be flushing thousands of dollars down the drain!

EPA’s SepticSmart initiative is a nation-wide public education effort that aims to inform homeowners living on properties serviced by septic systems on the importance of properly maintaining their septic system and provide valuable resources to help homeowners make important decisions regarding their wastewater management needs. The initiative also provides resources for outreach organizations and government leaders who seek to promote this message locally.

Learn more about how your septic system works and simple, everyday tips on how to properly maintain it.

•The Basics: Do you have questions about how septic systems work? Do you know whether or not your property is serviced by a septic system? •Why should you maintain your septic system?: Learn the benefits to keeping a properly maintained septic system. The facts may surprise you. •How to properly care for your system: Septic system maintenance isn’t complicated, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. Follow these maintenance tips to help ensure your system continues to operate reliably. •Homeowner Resources: Want to know more? •Outreach Toolkit: Need help developing and launching your local septic education campaign? Visit this page for a full list of SepticSmart tools and materials.

Looking to Launch a Local Outreach Campaign? •Check out the SepticSmart Outreach Toolkit!Toolbox Government officials, industry professionals, environmental groups, and other local organizations can access ready-to-use educational materials, case studies, and more. Contact SepticSmart Staff: Phone: 208/378-5626 E-Mail: decentralized@epa.gov

Event Date: September 26, 2014

For more information go to http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/septic/septicsmart.cfm

(posted August 28, 2014, number 673) Water Trail: No

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Ride the Shetucket River

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

Event Date: September 27, 2014

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

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

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Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup

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

Event Date: September 27, 2014

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

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

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27th Annual Farmington River Cleanup!

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

Event Date: September 27, 2014

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

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

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Thames River New London paddle

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

Event Date: September 27, 2014

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

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

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CFE/Save the Sound Annual Meeting

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

Event Date: September 28, 2014

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

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

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Paddle from Clifton Street boat launch New Haven

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

Event Date: September 28, 2014

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

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

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Paddle Lake Zoar and the Pomperaug River, Southbury

O 9/28/14 (Sun) Lake Zoar and the Pomperaug River, Southbury Meet at 10 a.m. for an expected launch time by 10:20 a.m. from the boat... Paddling Paddling - Flatwater Connecticut, West of River Flatwater

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: September 28, 2014

For more information go to http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/77867

(posted August 29, 2014, number 682) Water Trail: yes

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Fall 2014 Nonprofit Grant Applications are now available!

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

Event Date: October 1, 2014

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

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

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Altschuler Beach West Haven Paddle

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

Event Date: October 4, 2014

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

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

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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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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
www.riversalliance.org