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Resources for River management in CT


American Canoe Association

The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a member-based, national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation.

108 Hanover Street, Fredricksburg, VA 22401

American Heritage Rivers Initiative

The American Heritage Rivers Initiative (AHRI) is a network of locally driven partnerships working to improve quality of life and promote sustainable development.

Interagency Task Force on American Heritage Rivers, 300 Seventh Ave. S.W. - Reporters Building - Suite 680, Washington, DC 20024

American Rivers 

American Rivers is a national conservation organization working to protect and restore America's rivers and streams. Based in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country.

Headquarters: 1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 1400, Washington, D.C. 20005
Northeast Region:
Northampton, MA - 413-585-5896
Albany, NY - 518-482-2631
Email: outreach@americanrivers.org

Appalachian Mountain Club 

AMC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region of the Northeastern United States.

Connecticut Chapter: www.ct-amc.org/CT/index.shtm
Headquarters: 5 Joy Street,  Boston, MA  02108

Audubon Connecticut

Audubon Connecticut is an operating unit of the National Audubon Society, which works to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Audubon Connecticut has five centers:

  • Audubon Center at Bent of the River

  • Audubon Greenwich

  • Audubon Miles Wildlife Sancturary

  • Guilford Salt Meadows Sanctuary

  • Sharon Audubon Center

613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831

Branford River Project - Branford Land Trust

The Branford River Project is a joint effort of the Branford Land Trust and the Branford Rotary Club. The group was started in 1995 with the goals of (1) Understanding the status of the Branford River; (2) Promoting community awareness of each individual's role in preserving the health of the river; and (3) Developing and implementing projects designed to preserve and/or improve the quality of the river.

P.O. Box 254, Branford, CT 06405

Candlewood Lake Authority

The Candlewood Lake Authority provides lake, shoreline and watershed management to foster the preservation and enhancement of recreational, economic, scenic, public safety and environmental values of the Lake for the City of Danbury and the towns of Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford and Sherman in cooperation with the State of Connecticut and Northeast Utilities. The Candlewood Lake Authority is responsible for the lake patrol and is represented by the five towns which border the lake.

20 Sawmill Road, Sherman, CT 06784

Center for Watershed Protection

The Center for Watershed Protection works to protect, restore, and enhance our nation's streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and bays.

8390 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Clean Sound Inc.

Clean Sound, Inc. is an all volunteer, not-for-profit, tax exempt corporation, established in 1990 to remove fixed and floatable pollutants from Long Island Sound and all contributing watershed areas, to work to restore degraded habitats, and to inform others about the pollution problems facing the Long Island Sound.

20 Ojibwa Road, Shelton CT 06484
Email: info@cleansound.org

Columbia Canoe Club

c/o The Bag Lady of Water Works Canoe Company, 41 Pine Woods Lane, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
email: baglady@charter.net

CT Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions (CACIWC)

The Association provides education and information to the volunteers and staff who carry out the responsibilities of Connecticut’s municipal Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions.

deKoven House Community Center
27 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Email: board@caciwc.org

CT Audubon Society

Connecticut Audubon Society conserves Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats. CAS operates nature facilities in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury, and Pomfret; an EcoTravel office in Essex; and an Environmental Advocacy program in Hartford. It also manages 19 wildlife sanctuaries around the state. Working exclusively in Connecticut, CAS is an independent organization, not affiliated with any national or governmental group.

2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824

CT Council on Environmental Quality

The CEQ is a nine-member board that operates independently of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. It annually assesses the state's environmental quality and recommends actions to improve state environmental programs. The Council also advises state agencies on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects and investigates citizens' complaints and allegations about violations of environmental laws. The CEQ's online newsletter, the Environmental Monitor, provides information about current state projecs and land transfers. CEQ also publishes Environmental Quality in Connecticut

79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 0610606

CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 

Main website: www.ct.gov/dep

Water Bureau: http://ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2719&q=325520&depNav_GID=1654

Water Quality Standards and Classifications: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2719&q=325620   

Integrated Water Quality Report - 2011: http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/water/water_quality_management/305b/ctiwqr10final.pdf

Aquifer Protection Area Program: http://ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2685&q=322252&depNav_GID=1654

Stream Flow Standards and Regulations: http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/regulations/26/26-141b-1throughb-8.pdf


CT Department of Public Health

Fish Consumption Advisory and the Safe Eating of Fish Caught in CT: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3140&q=387460&dphNav_GID=1828&dphPNavCtr=%7C

CT Fund for the Environment

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its Save the Sound program use CFE's legal and scientific expertise to protect and improve the land, air, and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound.

142 Temple Street, Suite 305, New Haven, CT 0651010

CT River Education Initiative

CREI is website, coordinated by WGBH/PBS, that uses the Connecticut River as a source of inspiration for teachers and students in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. By understanding the ecology, history, and geography of the River and its environs, teachers and their students can become keys to protecting the River Valley for future generations.

44 Hampden Street, Springfield, MA 0110303

Federal Websites

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: www. fws.gov

U.S. Geological Survey: www.usgs.gov

Statistics and information relevant to state planning: www.fedstats.gov

Federal Clean Water Issues email list:
If you would like up-to-date information and action alerts about federal clean water issues and decisions, email the Clean Water Network at cleanwaternt@igc.apc.org and ask to be subscribed to the Clean Water Network listserve.

Hydropower Reform Coalition

The coalition is a consortium of more than 150 national, regional, and local organizations. It represents stakeholders from canoeists to conservationists to lake homeowners. The coalition's efforts have protected or restored thousands of river miles, thousands of acres of watershed land, and countless opportunities for boating, fishing, and other forms of recreation. All coalition members can - at no cost - draw on this vast reservoir of collective knowledge and experience to improve conditions on dammed rivers in their own backyards.

1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 720, Washington, DC 20005

Low Impact Hydropower Institute

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of hydropower projects that have avoided or reduced their environmental impacts.

34 Providence Street
Portland, Maine 04103

Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.

CT website: www.ct.nrcs.usda.gov

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Connecticut Chapter: www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/connecticut
Email: ct@tnc.orgrg
55 Church Street, Floor 3, New Haven, CT 06510




This website provides up-to-date listings of environmental and Naugatuck River-related cultural events in the Naugatuck River Valley; information about where you can access the river to paddle, fish, and hike, including maps of the river; and the latest news about  projects and activities under way in all 11 Valley towns.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's http://www.fws.gov


Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization funded exclusively through individual contributions and philanthropic foundations. It works to strengthen the most essential component of democracy – access to information. Its website provides biographies, voting records, issue positions, ratings, speeches, and campaign finance information about all politicians.


River Network 

River Network is a national organization that supports grassroots river conservation efforts. They provide many services for river groups of all sizes, with special assistance for statewide and large regional watershed organizations.

209 SW Oak Street, Portland, OR 97204

Trout Unlimited

TU's mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. By combining “on the ground” restoration efforts, cutting-edge scientific research, and effective advocacy on behalf of our coldwater fisheries, TU has been the most effective steward for coldwater fisheries nationwide.

TU's Connecticut Council Website: www.cttrout.org

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA FAQs: www.epa.gov/epahome/faq.htm#local

Model Ordinances homepage for local groups: www.epa.gov/owow/nps/ordinance

Nonpoint source pollution: www.epa.gov/owow/nps

Safe Drinking Water Act: www.epa.gov/safewater/sdwa/index.html

Toxic Release Inventory Program: www.epa.gov/tri/index.htm 

Water projects and programs: www.epa.gov/epahome/waterpgram.htm

Watershed groups by state: www.epa.gov/adopt/network.html

Watershed Information Network Homepage: www.epa.gov/owow


U.S. Geological Survey

Water Resources of CT: http://ct.water.usgs.gov


Water Works Canoe Company LLC

Water Works is home to the BAG LADY, manufacturer of canoe and kayak covers, special mini spray skirts, paddle bags, kneeling pads, cradle covers, and more.

41 Pine Woods Lane, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
email: baglady@charter.net





Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
PO Box 1797, 7 West Street 3rd Floor, Litchfield, CT 06759-1797
rivers@riversalliance.org, www.riversalliance.org