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     Paddle from Esker Point - Potluck Afterwards ( October 21, 2014 )

     Northwest Conservation District Annual Meeting ( October 22, 2014 )

     Reclaiming a River: Symposium on Urban River Restoration ( October 23, 2014 )

     2nd Annual Run for the River: 5K Run/Walk honoring PRWC's co-founder Dr. Marc Taylor ( October 25, 2014 )

     Branford River Paddle ( October 25, 2014 )

     Four Mile River Paddle ( October 26, 2014 )


     Update on CT’s Dam Safety Program and Owner’s Guide to Dam Inspections and Emergency Action Planning ( October 30, 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 )

     Connecticut Soil Health Workshop ( November 4, 2014 )

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

     HVPC Christmas / Holiday Gala ( December 20, 2014 )

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

     2015 NOFA Winter Conference ( March 7, 2015 )

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

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

Other Event Calendars

Paddle from Esker Point - Potluck Afterwards

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:00 PM Esker Point Beach 900 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT (map) Parking Behind the Fisherman Restaurant, look for kayaks Last TNP paddle of the season. With the short days people will likely be on the water about 5:00 to maximize time on the water.

Event Date: October 21, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/Tuesday-Night-Paddle/events/212938482/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=212938482&_af=event

(posted October 13, 2014, number 717) Water Trail: yes

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Northwest Conservation District Annual Meeting

Wednesday, October 22nd from 5:00 –8:00 PM at the Candlewood Lake Club on 919 Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield. Come join us for a relaxing evening overlooking stunning Candlewood Lake! In addition to learning about what NCD is working on throughout the Northwest Corner, we will be honoring some wonderful people doing great conservation and environmental management work. NCD Conservation Volunteer Award Winner – Phyllis Schaer - Candlewood Lake Authority Volunteers NCD Conservation Farmer Award Winner – Fort Hill Farm - New Milford NCD Town Conservation Award Winner – Katherine Daniel – Town of Brookfield NCD Conservation Award Winner– Beth Cavagna – Town of Bethel Our keynote speaker is George Knoecklein, a Consulting Limnologist who has been studying lakes in CT for 30 years. George has been an invaluable friend to NCD, and his understanding of what can effect lake water has helped us to better assist our member towns with their environmental goals. Come listen to a talk that will help you understand Limnology (the science of lakes) and the potential effects of climate change on CT lake water quality. Call or email us today to reserve your seat (tel. 860-626-7222 or ncd@conservect.org). The cost is $25 per person (includes appetizers, drinks and a great view of the lake).

Event Date: October 22, 2014

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

(posted October 11, 2014, number 705) Water Trail: No

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Reclaiming a River: Symposium on Urban River Restoration

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

Event Date: October 23, 2014

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

(posted September 26, 2014, number 699) Water Trail: No

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2nd Annual Run for the River: 5K Run/Walk honoring PRWC's co-founder Dr. Marc Taylor

Join us for the 2nd Annual Run for the River: 5K Run/Walk honoring PRWC's co-founder Dr. Marc Taylor. This year the event will start and finish at River Glen Health Care Center and follow a 5K route that includes Route 172 (South Britain Road), Main Street South, and the scenic Flood Bridge Road. The course crosses the Pomperaug River twice and affords a few scenic views of the river. Race details and registration information coming soon. Race will begin at 9:00AM, with runner check-in prior.

Event Date: October 25, 2014

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/263510073849042/

(posted August 14, 2014, number 620) Water Trail: No

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Branford River Paddle

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM Goodsell Point Rd Across from the Branford Yacht Club Branford, CT (map) Black Subaru Forester with Branford Kayaking Group sign River class 1, Ocean class 2-3

Event Date: October 25, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202251212/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=202251212&_af=event

(posted August 22, 2014, number 650) Water Trail: yes

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Four Mile River Paddle

Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:00 AM Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT (map) Ocean Class 2-3 shallow launch at low tide

Event Date: October 26, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/202251562/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=202251562&_af=event

(posted August 22, 2014, number 649) Water Trail: yes

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Save the Date! The next CT Watershed Conservation Network Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29. The conference will be at the Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

Possible topics include pesticides, and fracking waste, maybe a presentation on DEEP’s Stormwater Manual, DEEP’s RBV program (RBV is River Bioassessment by Volunteers), progress of state water planning. More to come!

If you have an announcement you would like to make at the conference, please let us know as soon as possible. We will add you to the agenda. We limit announcements to approx. 5 min. each.

We will also have tables available, if any of you would like to bring information to distribute to the group.

Lunch will be provided. Please register in advance by emailing us (rivers@riversalliance.org) or calling (860-361-9349). Let us know if you plan to attend and please send this information along to anyone who you think might be interested.

Event Date: October 29, 2014

For more information go to http://www.cwcnetwork.org/CWCN/cwcn.cfm?page=main.htm&title=Welcome to the Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network

(posted October 6, 2014, number 703) Water Trail: No

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Update on CT’s Dam Safety Program and Owner’s Guide to Dam Inspections and Emergency Action Planning

A number of questions have arisen in recent months on the rules and resources for dams in Connecticut under the relatively new (2013) dam-safety law. Individuals, land trusts, and towns, and others are not sure how to proceed or where to find information and help.

The Environmental Business Council is holding a conference on this issue:
EBC CT Chapter Dam Management Program: Update on CT’s Dam Safety Program and Owner’s Guide to Dam Inspections and Emergency Action Planning

When: October 30, 2014 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm Where: Northeast Utilities, 107 Selden Street, Berlin CT 06037

Among the speakers will be Art Christian and Peter Spangenberg from the DEEP dam-safety program. To register, go to: http://ebcne.org/

Today the New London Day ran an interesting piece on dams in Ledyard and North Stonington, and DEEP’s involvement: Here’s the link: www.theday.com

Here are some excerpts:
Article published Oct 2, 2014 By Judy Benson Day Staff Writer
State will seek aid for study of aging dams on Long Pond, Bush Pond
Structures on Long, Bush ponds require repairs, DEEP says

State environmental officials pledged Tuesday to look for a means to fund a hydrological study that would be needed before repairs to three dams at Long Pond and Bush Pond in North Stonington and Ledyard could be made. "I see your sign. We're here to help," said Macky McCleary, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, told one of about 25 lakeside homeowners who gathered for a meeting with him at the dams and state boat launch on Long Pond. The sign he was referring to, held by Bill Albe of Ledyard, read, "Save Long Pond." Several other attendees held identical signs. ….

After visiting the boat launch and the dams with the group, McCleary said he will meet with DEEP wildlife, fisheries and dam safety officials to locate sources of funding that could be used to fund the hydrological study, estimated to cost $15,000 …

If you have questions about the EBC program or dam questions you would like answered, Rivers Alliance will try to help.

Event Date: October 30, 2014

For more information go to http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-ct-chapter-dam-management-program-update-on-cts-dam-safety-program-and-owners-guide-to-dam-inspections-and-emergency-action-planning/?instance_id=2041

(posted October 3, 2014, number 700) Water Trail: No

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Make your home a RIVER SMART home

Hosted by Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition Friday, October 31 at 11:30am - 1:00pm Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - UConn Waterbury 99 E Main St, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702 Tickets Available olli.uconn.edu

Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch program at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) that is part of the UCONN Campus in Waterbury.

Make your home a RIVER SMART home, as you are introduced to the tools to help conserve water, reduce chemical use and ultimately create ways to naturally absorb and filter water runoff. By making positive differences in your home, you can help reduce polluted runoff – rain water that picks up nutrients, salts, sediments and bacteria that are carried to nearby waterways. Learn simple steps to keep our vital water resources clean.

Carol Haskins, Outreach Director of the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, earned a MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. Carol has been splashing around rivers, ponds and lakes since early childhood in Vermont, and now gets to share her passion for aquatic environments by teaching people about the watershed.

For more information: http://olli.uconn.edu/olli-cafe-lecture-descriptions/

This program is FREE for OLLI Members. Registration is REQUIRED. See "ticket" link at https://www.facebook.com/events/494922203978087/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular for registration details.

Event Date: October 31, 2014

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/494922203978087/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

(posted August 14, 2014, number 621) Water Trail: No

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Walktober 2014 in The Last Green Valley

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

Event Date: November 1, 2014

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

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

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Training Workshop: The Stream Simulation Design Approach for Providing Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings

Training Workshop: The Stream Simulation Design Approach for Providing Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings

This 4.5 day workshop will present the USDA Forest Service’s stream simulation method, an ecosystem-based approach for designing and constructing a channel through the road-stream crossing structure that reestablishes physical and ecological continuity along the stream corridor.

Workshop Description: This 4.5 day workshop will present the USDA Forest Service’s stream simulation method, an ecosystem-based approach for designing and constructing a channel through the road-stream crossing structure that reestablishes physical and ecological continuity along the stream corridor. The premise of stream simulation is that if the design channel simulates the dimensions and characteristics of the adjacent natural channel, fish and other aquatic organisms should experience no greater difficulty moving through the structure than if there were no crossing. Water depths, flow velocities, and flow paths in the channel through the road-stream crossing are designed to be as complex and diverse as those encountered in the adjacent natural channel. Stream simulation integrates fluvial geomorphology with engineering principles to design a road-stream crossing that contains a natural and dynamic channel through the structure. This approach requires measurements of site specific channel characteristics in the adjacent natural channel to ensure that an appropriate reference reach can be identified. Identifying a reference reach is a key concept and component of stream simulation as it provides the natural template for designing a channel through the crossing and determining the size and embedment depth of the replacement structure.

This workshop will teach participants the necessary skills to design road-stream crossing structures that provide unimpeded fish and other aquatic organism passage through the structure, restore natural channel characteristics and fluvial processes through the structure, and maximize the long-term stability of the structure. Participants will systematically go through the stream simulation methodology of collecting and interpreting channel data at road-stream crossing sites, applying and integrating these data to develop engineering-based stream simulation design channels and road-stream crossing structures, and effectively constructing stream simulation designs by using numerous examples and class-based exercises. Participants work in interdisciplinary teams throughout the workshop to resolve road-stream crossing scenarios at different stages of the stream simulation site assessment, design, and construction process. An all- day field trip to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will occur mid-week. The field trip to multiple road-stream crossing sites will complement and reinforce concepts presented in the classroom as participants will identify, assess, and discuss various ecological, geomorphic/hydrologic, and engineering issues at those sites.

Dates: November 3-7, 2014 (4.5 days)

Location: Lexington, Virginia

Tuition: None, participants pay travel and per diem

Workshop Sponsors: USDA Forest Service: National AOP Design Cadre; Southern Regional Office-R8; George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Target Audience: Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers, Hydrologists, Geomorphologists, Ecologists, Biologists, Geologists Contact for Additional Information: Leigh McDougal; 404-347-4082; lmcdougal@fs.fed.us

Event Date: November 3, 2014

For more information go to http://easternbrooktrout.org/news/announcements-inbox/training-workshop-the-stream-simulation-design-approach-for-providing-aquatic-organism-passage-at-road-stream-crossings

(posted August 21, 2014, number 646) Water Trail: No

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Connecticut Soil Health Workshop

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (Election Day)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Date: November 4, 2014

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

(posted , number 708) Water Trail: no

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Housatonic Valley Paddle Club Annual December meeting and holiday party

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

Event Date: December 9, 2014

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

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

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HVPC Christmas / Holiday Gala

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

Event Date: December 20, 2014

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

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

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Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC)

Founded in 2001, the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) is an eclectic group of active paddlers who enjoy exploring the various waterways of the Housatonic Valley and other areas of upper Fairfield County and Litchfield County.

Our goal is to bring together fellow paddlers of all skill levels and paddle in an environmentally friendly manner while enjoying the camaraderie of those with similar interest. We schedule various types of activities throughout the year: paddling, camping and picnicking in the warm seasons; hiking, bowling, and dining when it's too cold to paddle.

Most of HVPC's paddle outings tend to be comfortably-paced, moderate-distance excursions on flat water; and are a good venue for newer paddlers, or those who just enjoy quiet, low-key paddles with lots of socializing.

You will find us to be a very friendly club and we welcome paddlers of all levels and interests. If you don’t yet have a boat, we can guide you as to what to buy or rent, along with the required necessities, such as whistles and PFDs. An annual skills workshop is held every year on Mt. Tom Pond and has proven helpful for novices as well as more experienced paddlers.

Some of our favorite venues include Candlewood Lake (pre-Memorial Day and post-Labor Day), Lake Waramaug, the Lake Lillinonah and Lover's Leap sections of the Housatonic, Lake McDonough and Mt. Tom Pond. Bantam Lake, Bantam River, the Twin Lakes, and New York State's Great Swamp are also visited on a regular basis.

While we are an easy-going group, we take safety seriously. PFDs and whistles must be worn when paddling with the club. A signed release of liability is also mandatory. Note that the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club, its organizers, and its members assume no legal and or civil responsibility for or to any individual or event. Your personal safety is your responsibility alone.

NOTE: HVPC is currently transitioning from our old site to the Meet Up site and we are currently getting our existing members up to speed with the features of this new site. It may take some time (possibly several weeks) for new members to receive their notice of admission. Thank you for your patience! Note also, for the safety of our members, we do require that you have a recognizable profile picture.

We're 45 Social Paddlers Join us! New members must be approved by the Organizer Content of this Meetup Group is only visible to members

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:00 AM Impromptu Paddle 6 Social Paddlers attending

Event Date: December 31, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/?gj=ej1b&a=wg2_rdmr

(posted March 20, 2014, number 335) Water Trail: yes

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2015 NOFA Winter Conference

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

Event Date: March 7, 2015

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

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

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National River Rally 2015 in New Mexico

River Rally 2015 Home » River Rally May 1 - 4 | Tamaya Resort | Santa Ana Pueblo, NM Mark your calendars (and your budgets)! We're working to bring you the most educational, most inspiring and more celebratory event you've ever attended. Lessons learned, best practices shared and new friends from the field will benefit you and your efforts no matter where you work - and we expect people from nearly every state and beyond. “Seeing so many talented colleagues and hearing about their struggles and successes enriched my professional skills and recharged my resolve to work hard for clean water and free flowing rivers. I try to support and encourage all kinds of people to have hope and work hard for a clean water future--it was personally swell (and much needed) to swim in an ocean of support during Rally. I feel like I have new strategies and new contacts with which to meet the challenges before me.” River Rally Participant River Rally At-A-Glance | Featured Speakers | Field Trips | Fun Together we are an unstoppable force for the protection of our home rivers and waters. And River Rally is the place where our movement strengthens and grows!

Event Date: May 4, 2015

For more information go to http://www.rivernetwork.org/rally/program

(posted August 4, 2015, number 603) Water Trail: No

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Pequonnock River Steamside Buffer Remediation Postponed

Pequonnock River Steamside Buffer Remediation Postponed till May 2015, Wolfe Park at Great Hollow Lake

A grant by Connecticut DEEP for remediating the stream-side buffer where the same Pequonnock River flows southward into Great Hollow Lake in Wolfe Park will be used for Site-preparation and a community mobilization of volunteers to enhance the topography with plantings of native trees and shrubs.

Actual date TBD

Event Date: May 31, 2015

For more information go to http://monroeconservation.org/default.htm

(posted October 8, 2014, number 704) Water Trail: No

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Archived Event Listings: Are you looking for an event listed on this page sometime in the past? You can get over 300 of them going back to 2008 here: Past River Related Events in Connecticut. Warning: its a big page, takes a while to load, many graphics are no longer available and many of the links are no longer active.

Some Other Events Calendars:

1. No Child Left Inside, (a special initiative of Governor M. Jodi Rell, coordinated by the DEP) events page

2. CTCalendar.com environment events

3. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service monthly newsletters with great calendars in each one

4. Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter event calendars

5. Housatonic Valley Association events page

6. Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter flatwater and coastal paddling trips and whitewater upcoming events

7. Conservation Districts:

Northwest conservation calendar

Connecticut River Coastal upcoming workshops

North Central events

Eastern calendar of conservation events

8. Connecticut Audubon Society events calendar

9. Connecticut Forest and Park Association guided hikes & family nature programs

10. Farmington River Watershed Association events

11. The Norwalk River Watershed Association events calendar

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
PO Box 1797
7 West Street, 3rd Floor
Litchfield, CT 06759