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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Center for Watershed Protection
The Center for Watershed Protection works to protect, restore, and enhance our nation's streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and bays.
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.
Columbia Canoe Club
c/o The Bag Lady of Water Works Canoe Company, 41 Pine Woods Lane, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
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.
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.
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
Main website: www.ct.gov/dep
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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 Programhttp://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 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.
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.