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River and Water Related Events in CT

Learn to Whitewater Kayak! ( February 24, 2017 )

EBC Connecticut Program: Stormwater Management – The New MS4 Permit Regulations are Here – Now What? ( February 24, 2017 )

Hearing on the Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR) ( March 1, 2017 )

CT DEEP Accepting Proposals for Section 319 Grants for 2017 ( March 3, 2017 )

Science and Technology Subcommittee ( March 6, 2017 )

Steering Committee of the Water Planning Council (WPCSC) ( March 7, 2017 )

Eastern Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( March 8, 2017 )

Policy Subcommittee Meeting ( March 9, 2017 )

CAWS Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference ( March 9, 2017 )

Green Circle Award Nominations Due ( March 10, 2017 )

Tapped - The Movie ( March 13, 2017 )

11th Annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources ( March 13, 2017 )

Comments Due on the Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR) ( March 13, 2017 )

Western Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( March 14, 2017 )

Central Corridor Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( March 15, 2017 )

Finding Solid Ground: Environmental and Land Use Dispute Resolution in CT ( March 17, 2017 )

2017 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference ( March 18, 2017 )

Water Planning Council Advisory Group (WPCAG) ( March 21, 2017 )

World Water Day in Connecticut ( March 22, 2017 )

Orders Due for the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District Plant Sale ( March 31, 2017 )

Annual Symposium, WATER: TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH? ( March 31, 2017 )

Science and Technology Subcommittee ( April 3, 2017 )

CT Water Planning Council (WPC) ( April 4, 2017 )

Western Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( April 11, 2017 )

Eastern Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( April 12, 2017 )

Steering Committee of the Water Planning Council (WPCSC) ( April 13, 2017 )

Central CT State Water Plan Phase II Public Meeting ( April 13, 2017 )

Policy Subcommittee Meeting ( April 13, 2017 )

Central Corridor Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC) Meeting ( April 19, 2017 )

Final Workshop for the Connecticut State Water Plan ( April 20, 2017 )

North Central CT Conservation District Plant Sale ( April 22, 2017 )

Northwest Conservation District Plant Sale ( April 23, 2017 )

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

East River Paddle ( May 7, 2017 )

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

Clinton Landing Paddle ( May 13, 2017 )

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

Branford River Paddle ( 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 )

CT Water Planning Council ( June 6, 2017 )

Paddle the Thimbles ( June 7, 2017 )

Harbor park moonlight paddle ( June 10, 2017 )

Bluff Point Moonlight Paddle ( June 10, 2017 )

Connecticut River Baldwin Bridge Paddle ( June 11, 2017 )

Salmon River Paddle ( June 17, 2017 )

Paddle the Thimbles ( June 18, 2017 )

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

Connecticut River / Goodspeed Paddle ( June 25, 2017 )

Lake Zoar Paddle ( July 9, 2017 )

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

Other CT water-related event calendars


Learn to Whitewater Kayak!

Woodrow Wilson Middle School 370 Hunting Hill Ave, Middletown, CT

Pool entrance is on the left side of school toward the front of school. Entrance is unmarked. If running late just bang on door to be let in.

Price: $20.00 /per person

These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of Whitewater kayaking, Learn the Eskimo roll, or just wants to keep the rust off their paddling skills! There will be volunteer instructors at every session. Instruction is generally one on one, in a very casual and friendly atmosphere. A limited amount of boats and paddling gear will be available on a first come first serve basis For a $5.00 rental fee. Pool facility has a large, clean heated pool with shower and locker room facilities. A per session fee will be collected to cover pool rental. Everybody is welcome! To sign up, please RSVP by the night before if possible.

If you own gear you wish to use please note! ALL boats brought to sessions MUST be thoroughly cleaned INSIDE AND OUT previous to sessions, or the boats will not be allowed in pools.

ALL AIR BAGS AND OTHER GEAR SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM BOATS.

There is no boat washing allowed at facilities.

Cost: $15.00 per person for AMC members, $20.00 per person non-AMC members, $5.00 Boat and equipment rental If needed for sessions

Learn to Whitewater Kayak! Fri Feb 24 7:00 PM

Event Date: February 24, 2017

For more information go to https://www.meetup.com/CT-AMC-Whitewater-kayaking-instruction-and-river-trips/events/tkkzfmywdbgc/

(posted January 23, 2017, number 441)

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EBC Connecticut Program: Stormwater Management – The New MS4 Permit Regulations are Here – Now What?

EBC Connecticut Program: Stormwater Management – The New MS4 Permit Regulations are Here – Now What? When: February 24, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm Where: Eversource Energy 107 Selden St Berlin, CT 06037 USA  EBC CT Chapter The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) has issued new requirements for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program which will become effective on July 1, 2017. All communities affected by these regulations must submit a new registration and Stormwater Management Plan to the CT DEEP no later than April 1, 2017. This EBC Connecticut Chapter program on Connecticut’s Updated MS4 Program will provide a walk-through of the new permit registration process, an update on the permit requirements with a specific focus on the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) portion of the new general permit, suggested steps to develop a legal entity for regulation enforcement, and some general guidelines to help communities meet permit requirements once the registration and Stormwater Management Plan development have been completed. General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate. Program Chair •Dana Huff, P.E., Vice President, Tighe & Bond IDDE Protocol Under the New MS4 General Permit •Joe Canas, P.E., LEEP AP, CFM, Project Manager, Tighe & Bond Establishing the Legal Entity to Enforce Stormwater Violations •Mathew Ranelli, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP What You Need to Know about Completing the New MS4 GP Registration •Jennifer Lisi, Environmental Planner, Tighe & Bond Additional speakers to be announced. Program Details Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Individual Registration EBC Member: $65 – additional late fee of $20 after February 22 Non-Member: $95 – additional late fee of $20 after February 22 Government/Non-Profit: $25 - See more at: http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-connecticut-program-stormwater-management-the-new-ms4-permit-regulations-are-here-now-what/?instance_id=#sthash.HRNUcPHQ.dpuf

Event Date: February 24, 2017

For more information go to http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-connecticut-program-stormwater-management-the-new-ms4-permit-regulations-are-here-now-what/

(posted January 30, 2017, number 700)

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Hearing on the Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR)

Draft State of Connecticut Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR) is available for public review and comment. Comments due Mar 13. Hearing Mar 1

Section 305(b) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires each State to monitor, assess and report on the quality of its waters relative to designated uses established in accordance with the Connecticut Water Quality Standards. Section 303(d) of the CWA requires each State to list waters not meeting water quality standards and prioritize those waters for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development or other management. Reporting for these waters is submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) every two years.

The State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) is making available the draft State of Connecticut Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR) for public review and comment (Public Notice) from February 6, 2017 to March 13, 2017. Interested persons may obtain copies of the draft IWQR on the CT DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/iwqr. The IWQR has been prepared by the CT DEEP to fulfill requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) under Sections 305(b) and 303(d). The final document will be submitted to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) following the Department’s consideration of comments received.

Written comments on the draft IWQR must be received at CT DEEP by March 13, 2017 in order to be considered prior to submission of the final IWQR to US EPA. Comments should be directed to Erik Bedan electronically at erik.bedan@ct.gov or in writing to CT DEEP, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Planning and Standards Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.

A public informational meeting has been scheduled for March 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm in the McCarthy Auditorium located on the 5th floor of the CT DEEP headquarters at 79 Elm Street in Hartford. Questions should be directed to Erik Bedan at erik.bedan@ct.gov or (860) 424-3386.

Event Date: March 1, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?q=325610

(posted February 13, 2017, number 381)

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CT DEEP Accepting Proposals for Section 319 Grants for 2017

Connecticut DEEP is Accepting Proposals for Grants under Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 3, 2017. Please visit http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2719&q=325594&deepNav_GID=1654 for more details. Questions: Please submit questions to Charles Lee at Charles.Lee@ct.gov or the appropriate DEEP Watershed Manager listed below for your geographic area: • Nonpoint Source Program Supervisor: Chuck Lee (860) 424-3716 or charles.lee@ct.gov • Southwest Coastal, South Central Coastal, and Connecticut Mainstem Manager: Chris Malik (860) 424-3959 or christopher.malik@ct.gov • Housatonic and Farmington Manager: Susan Peterson (860) 424-3854 or susan.peterson@ct.gov • Eastern Coastal, Thames, Salmon, and Eight Mile Manager: Eric Thomas (860) 424-3548 oreric.thomas@ct.gov

Event Date: March 3, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?q=325594

(posted January 30, 2017, number 317)

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Science and Technology Subcommittee

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

A meeting location will be identified closer to the meeting date

Event Date: March 6, 2017

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

(posted December 6, 2016, number 16)

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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: March 7, 2017

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

(posted September 26, 2016, number 23)

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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: March 8, 2017

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

(posted January 26, 2017, number 9)

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Policy Subcommittee Meeting

Usually meets the second Thursday each month.

The second Thursday of March is the 9th

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: March 9, 2017

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

(posted January 26, 2017, number 4)

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CAWS Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference

The Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists (CAWS) 2017 Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference will be held Thursday, March 9 at the Wyndham Southbury in Southbury, CT (directions). Download the brochure. Presentations at this year's program will include... •Audubon Connecticut In-Lieu Fee Program Mitigation Projects •Navigating the 2016 Connecticut General Permit •Living Shorelines – Status, Technical Guidance, and Current Regulations in Connecticut •Larval Salamanders and Wetland Community Diversity •Restoration of the Farmington River with the Farmington River Watershed Association •Meriden Green Harbor Brook Restoration •Connecticut's Aerial Imagery, Lidar (Elevation) and CT ECO Plus: grant reports, vernal pool updates, "Lightning Talks" celebrating 20 years of wetland practice in Connecticut, and an exhibitor hall featuring displays by product and service suppliers and conservation organizations. CEUs and Certificates of Completion will be provided. Join us for the "Happy Hour" to follow (snacks, cash bar, and networking)! Cost is $65 for members and $80 for non-members, and includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch. To pay by check and register by mail, download the registration form. Or, to pay with your credit card, register online. Join CAWS today and pay the member rate! Learn more about CAWS membership. Exhibitors welcome! Make an impression on more than 200 people involved in the study and management of wetlands and other conservation lands. Exhibitor tables are $200 ($35 for 501-c-3 organizations and government agencies), and includes one registration. Please inquire: info@ctwetlands.org

. THANK YOU for your support of CAWS and for spreading the word about this event! ----- CT Association of Wetland Scientists info@ctwetlands.org www.ctwetlands.org Tel: (860) 454-8922

Event Date: March 9, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ctwetlands.org/annualmeetings.html

(posted February 21, 2107, number 287)

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Green Circle Award Nominations Due

Be Recognized For Your Positive Contributions To The Connecticut Environment
Participate in the GreenCircle Sustainability Award Program

If you’ve made Connecticut cleaner and greener, you deserve to be considered for a GreenCircle Sustainability award. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is challenging everyone in Connecticut to do a little extra to help improve the quality of life in our beautiful state.

Who's eligible?
Any business, institution, individual or group operating or living in the State of Connecticut is eligible to participate.
Businesses, large and small, in the commercial, industrial, and service sectors
Government and other non-profit institutions such as municipalities, state agencies, schools, colleges, universities, and hospitals
Individuals, teachers and other volunteers
Groups: civic, community or public interest

How to Apply:
You must complete and submit the GreenCircle Sustainability Award Program Application Form electronically. (Note: To ensure the application can be submitted electronically, it is best to save the file to your computer and then open with Adobe Reader. Tips for Viewing and Using Fillable PDFs)
Application requires applicant information, brief explanation of your project and the results.
Applications must be received by March 10, 2017 for project activities completed between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. You will be sent an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 5 business days.

Event Date: March 10, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?q=323940

(posted February 13, 2017, number 497)

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Tapped - The Movie

Monday, March 13th, 7:00PM-8:30PM at Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 46 Spring Hill Rd Storrs, CT

Tapped looks into the bottled water industry and its long-term effects socially, economically and ecologically. The filmmakers focus on industry giants such as PepsiCo and Nestlé Waters,visiting a town containing a Nestlé factory as well as running tests on the bottles the company uses for its products. Film will be followed by a Q&A. Co-sponsored by Save Our Water CT.

Event Date: March 13, 2017

For more information go to http://www.saveourwaterct.org/upcoming-events.html

(posted January 24, 2017, number 224)

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11th Annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources

The 11th Annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources (CCNR) is a multidisciplinary conference bringing together individuals working with natural resource and environmental management in Connecticut to share research, information, and ideas. The sentiment “many resources, one environment” reflects the conference vision that, while many may focus their efforts on the conservation of particular natural resources, Connecticut has but one environment, and we all work and live much too close together to not gather and interact with one another. The conference features a mix of professional and informal forums to promote information exchange, networking, a sense of community regarding Connecticut’s natural resources, and recognize achievements of dedicated individuals and groups. The conference is for all those working with the environment and natural resources through state and federal government, academia, non-governmental organizations, and the engaged public whom might belong to and volunteer with non-governmental organizations, place-based conservation organizations, and local government committees. For questions, contact the 2017 conference chair, Tracy Rittenhouse at tracy.rittenhouse@uconn.edu.

Event Date: March 13, 2017

For more information go to http://ccnr2017.weebly.com/

(posted January 27, 2017, number 318)

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Comments Due on the Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR)

Draft State of Connecticut Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR) is available for public review and comment. Comments due Mar 13. Hearing Mar 1

Section 305(b) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires each State to monitor, assess and report on the quality of its waters relative to designated uses established in accordance with the Connecticut Water Quality Standards. Section 303(d) of the CWA requires each State to list waters not meeting water quality standards and prioritize those waters for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development or other management. Reporting for these waters is submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) every two years.

The State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) is making available the draft State of Connecticut Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR) for public review and comment (Public Notice) from February 6, 2017 to March 13, 2017. Interested persons may obtain copies of the draft IWQR on the CT DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/iwqr. The IWQR has been prepared by the CT DEEP to fulfill requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) under Sections 305(b) and 303(d). The final document will be submitted to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) following the Department’s consideration of comments received.

Written comments on the draft IWQR must be received at CT DEEP by March 13, 2017 in order to be considered prior to submission of the final IWQR to US EPA. Comments should be directed to Erik Bedan electronically at erik.bedan@ct.gov or in writing to CT DEEP, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Planning and Standards Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.

A public informational meeting has been scheduled for March 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm in the McCarthy Auditorium located on the 5th floor of the CT DEEP headquarters at 79 Elm Street in Hartford. Questions should be directed to Erik Bedan at erik.bedan@ct.gov or (860) 424-3386.

Event Date: March 13, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?q=325610

(posted February 13, 2017, number 445)

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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: March 14, 2017

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

(posted January 26, 2017, number 17)

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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: March 15, 2017

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

(posted January 26, 2017, number 7)

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Finding Solid Ground: Environmental and Land Use Dispute Resolution in CT

The Tenth John A. Speziale ADR Symposium, Finding Solid Ground: Environmental and Land Use Dispute Resolution in Connecticut.

Registration Deadline: March 3, 2017

Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, CT

Friday, March 17, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Reception

Mark Twain’s investment advice was “Buy land, they're not making it anymore.” The finite nature of land, the increasing recognition of the need to protect natural and built resources, and the greater sophistication of both development advocates and opposition stakeholders has resulted in increased conflict. This symposium will highlight creative and effective conflict resolution. The audience will include lawyers, judges, developers, public officials, environmental activists, property owners, land planners, lenders, design professionals, and consultants.

Keynote speaker Lawrence Susskind is a City Planner, Mediator, and MIT Professor. He is one of the country’s most experienced public policy and environmental dispute mediators and a leading figure in the dispute resolution field. He has mediated more than 50 complex disputes related to the siting of controversial facilities, the formulation and implementation of development plans and projects, and conflicts among racial and ethnic groups.

Other participants include: Hon. Marshall K. Berger, Jr. Superior Court, Erin Boggs, Open Communities Alliance, Khara Dodds, Town of Glastonbury, Rebecca French, CIRCA, UConn, Gary Greenberg, Scotland P&Z Commission, Daniel J. Klau, McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP, Marianne Engelman Lado, Yale Law School, Anika Singh Lemar, Yale Law School, Bill Logue, The Logue Group, Duncan R. MacKay, Eversource Energy, Dwight H. Merriam, Robinson & Cole LLP, Edward V. O’Hanlan, Robinson & Cole LLP, Hiram Peck, Town of Avon, Robin Pearson, Alter & Pearson LLC, Roger Reynolds, CT Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound, Marjorie Shansky, Attorney at Law, Elizabeth Verna, Verna Builders, Diane W. Whitney, Pullman & Comley LLC, Joseph P. Williams, Shipman & Goodwin LLP.

Event Date: March 17, 2017

For more information go to http://www.ctbarfdn.org/node/1875

(posted February 13, 2017, number 196)

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2017 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

Conference Sneak Peek Now Available to Share! Registration opens in February!

Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m. (followed by reception) Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Announcing 2017 Keynote Speaker: Bilal Dabir Sekou, PhD "Where do we go from here? Using land to help unify communities and find common ground"

In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election, the country appears more divided than any time since the Civil War. However, most people believe that it is important for America to be united to solve the nation's problems - such as growing wealth and income inequality, longstanding gender inequities, terrorism, racial and ethnic divisions, and the depletion of natural resources and climate change. The land conservation movement has always attracted an interesting mix of supporters, ranging from birders to hunters to urban gardeners to trail runners. Now that the election is over, where do we go from here and build on our ability to use land as a way to unify communities?

Workshop Sneak Peek Now Available

Event Date: March 18, 2017

For more information go to http://ctconservation.org/2017-conference

(posted January 24, 2017, number 279)

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Water Planning Council Advisory Group (WPCAG)

Usually meets the second or third Tuesday each month

The December 20 WPCAG meeting was cancelled.

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: February 21, March 21, April 20, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19

Event Date: March 21, 2017

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

(posted January 26, 2017, number 2)

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World Water Day in Connecticut

Save the Date! Planning now underway for World Water Day 2017 Connecticut. Write to rivers@riversalliance.org to post your organization's event here.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. The UN partnered with Clean Water Here for the 2017 celebration.

Here in Connecticut, a 2017 event will be a “Celebration of Water.” It will focus on the progress made in CT over the last 5-10 years, accentuating positive projects and issues, and will look at how environmental protection helps the economy.

Sponsors Rivers Alliance of CT, CleanWaterActionCT, Farmington River Watershed Association, CT River Watershed Council and others are looking into venues in Hartford for a day of speakers, displays, and discussions all highlighting success stories in protecting our water resources. We'll be celebrating the progress so far on our State Water Plan and briefing participants on water related issues coming up in the General Assembly.

We'll post more details here as they become available.

Event Date: March 22, 2017

For more information go to http://www.riversalliance.org/Topics/Water_Planning.cfm

(posted January 23, 2017, number 327)

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Orders Due for the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District Plant Sale

2017 ECCD Plant Sale

ECCD is gearing up once again to offer a large variety of plants and shrubs for sale this spring. Plants must be pre-ordered using a downloadable order form and then picked up at either the Gales Ferry Ocean State Job Lot building, south end on April 21 or 22, or at the Brooklyn Fairgrounds on April 28 or 29. The orderform will be available to download once all the details are completed. Stay tuned!

This year, anyone interested in ordering concolor fir or frazer fir seedlings must do so before March 10.

A limited supply of extra plants will be available at each location for those that missed the March 31 ordering deadline. Many native plant types are available. plus ever green seedlings and blueberry bushes. Those suitable for planting in a rain garden are identified. Plant descriptions and an order form can be downloaded for your convenience. Plant descriptions will be available in the ECCD Outlook newsletter. Barley straw will be available this year. Detailed plant descriptions are available in the winter edition of the ECCD Outlook at http://conservect.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=M94JDixAhfk%3d&tabid=117

Event Date: March 31, 2017

For more information go to http://conservect.org/Default.aspx?alias=conservect.org/eastern

(posted February 21, 2017, number 368)

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Annual Symposium, WATER: TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH?

Annual Symposium WATER: TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH?
From Rain Bombs to Drought

Friday, March 31, 2017 8 am - 1 pm

UConn Middlesex County Extension Office 1066 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT

Presented by the Rockfall Foundation and UConn Climate Adaptation Academy

How do we plan for changing precipitation patterns?

Join us for an examination of the impact of changing precipitation patterns on communities and a variety of adaptive responses for municipalities, residents, and businesses. We'll address the challenges of managing infrastructure, maintaining adequate water supplies, supporting local agriculture, fighting insect borne disease, and planning for smart design.

Keynote Speaker: David Vallee, Hydrologist in Charge, NOAA/NWS, Northeast River Forecast Center
Examining Trends in Temperature, Precipitation and Flood Frequency in the Northeast; A Tale of Extremes

Presenters:
Amanda Ryan, Municipal Stormwater Educator, UConn CLEAR
Michael Dietz, CT NEMO Program Director
Addressing how the type and frequency of storms affects compliance with MS4 requirements and the effectiveness of LID solutions.

David Radka, Director of Water Resources & Planning, Connecticut Water Company
Ryan Tetreault, Supervising Environmental Analyst, CT Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Section, Private Well Program & Environmental Laboratory Certification Program
Discussion of public and private water supplies with a focus on how we ensure sufficient clean water for all when dealing with weather patterns that include too much rain all at once and weeks with no rain.

Panelists:
Ian Gibson, Farm Manager, Wellstone Farm - Relating the local agricultural experience of a small farmer and how changing precipitation patterns alter the way he farms.
Roger Wolfe, Mosquito Management Coordinator, CT DEEP Wetland Habitat and Mosquito Management Program - How best to control changes in mosquito populations caused by heavy rains and periods of drought.
Anne Penniman, ASLA, Principal/Owner, Anne Penniman Associates - Insight on how site development (plant material, surface material, drainage) are modified to better tolerate and accommodate changing precipitation patterns.
Kirk Westphal, PE, CDM Smith Project Manager CT State Water Plan - Concluding the conversation with an update on the development of Connecticut's first State Water Plan and how Symposium attendees can participate in the process.

Who should attend?
Local elected and appointed officials, land use planners, architects, developers, engineers, landscape architects, educators; Planning, Zoning, Wetlands and ZBA board and commission members; and all concerned with climate change and effective community planning.

Friday, March 31, 2017
UConn Middlesex County Extension Office
1066 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT 06438
Registration - 8 am
Program - 8:30 am to 1 pm
Lunch (optional) - 1 pm

AICP CM CREDITS PENDING

Registration fee: $45; Students: $15
Optional lunch $15 / $5 for Rockfall Foundation Members and must be ordered in advance

Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. REGISTER securely online at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eds4tqg621d9699c

For additional information, please email the Rockfall Foundation or call 860-347-0340. Learn about sponsorship opportunities, or email Robin Andreoli for more information.

Event Date: March 31, 2017

For more information go to http://www.rockfallfoundation.org/march-31-annual-symposium/

(posted February 21, 2107, number 248)

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Science and Technology Subcommittee

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

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: April 3, 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 meets the first Tuesday of a month, alternating with the Steering Committee (WPCSC).

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: April 4, 2017

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

(posted December 6, 2016, number 22)

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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: April 11, 2017

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

(posted February 21, 2017, number 8)

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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: April 12, 2017

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

(posted February 13, 2017, number 18)

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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).

The schedule will be from 1-3 on the following dates at MDC Training Facility: April 13, 2017, May 11, 2017, June 8, 2017

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

Event Date: April 13, 2017

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

(posted September 26, 2016, number 5)

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Central CT State Water Plan Phase II Public Meeting

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.

State Water Plan Phase II Public Meetings:

Thursday, January 26, 1-3 p.m. (at Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, 5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich, CT)
Click here for the Meeting presentation

Thursday, February 23, 1-3 p.m. (at Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main Street South)

Thursday, April 13 1-3 p.m. (at Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT)

Event Date: April 13, 2017

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

(posted January 26, 2017, number 731)

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Policy Subcommittee Meeting

Usually meets the second Thursday each month.

Policy Subcommittee to review and refine draft language on recommendations

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: April 13, 2017

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

(posted February 13, 2017, number 19)

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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: April 19, 2017

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

(posted December 14, 2016, number 21)

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Final Workshop for the Connecticut State Water Plan

Save the date! Final Public Workshop (Phase II) to be held on 4/20/17 from 1PM to 5PM at the Connecticut DEEP's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT

Event Date: April 20, 2017

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

(posted February 5, 2017, number 10)

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North Central CT Conservation District Plant Sale

The Spring Plant and Seedling Sale is Primarily a Pre-Order Sale!

Some additional plants, including extras of most pre-order plants as well as additional perennials not offered in the pre-sale, will be available for day-of-sales.

Pickup/Sale days are April 21 and 22 (see Sale Details tab for additional information).

Pre-Orders are due by April 5!

We encourage you to order as soon as possible, as supplies are limited, particularly for bare-root seedlings!

Go to the website for order forms or online sales or call the office (860) 875-3881, or email: tollandc@snet.net

Event Date: April 22, 2017

For more information go to http://conservect.org/Default.aspx?alias=conservect.org/northcentral

(posted February 21, 2017, number 370)

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Northwest Conservation District Plant Sale

Plant Sale Store Is Now Open! Pre-Order Deadline April 7

Think Spring.

•Online Ordering at www.nwcd.org
•If you prefer Print, download order form from the website
•Order Deadline is April 7, 2017.
•Earth Day Plant Sale will be at the Goshen Fair Grounds, 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT
•Pickup is Fri. April 21 9-6, Sat April 22 9-4, and Sunday April 23 10-3

Preordering is recommended for best selection. Preorder customers will be invited to our early opening on Thursday afternoon for the best selection of perennials and other day-of-sale shrubs, trees and edibles.

This is our 35th Earth Day Plant Sale and our major yearly fundraising event. All proceeds from this three-day event support our District’s mission. Thanks to your support for our Earth Day Plant Sale, thousands of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, groundcovers and edibles are planted in northwestern Connecticut every year. These plants not only beautify your backyard and community but can create buffers that reduce soil erosion and flooding and improve water and air quality. In addition, many of the plants provide food, shelter and clean water for wildlife and pollinators.

Event Date: April 23, 2017

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

(posted February 21, 2017, number 363)

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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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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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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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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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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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CT Water Planning Council

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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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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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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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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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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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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