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The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association was awarded a $48,000 Aquatic Science Education Grant by 3M Corporation on Monday, March 21, 2016. 

David James, President of the QRWA and Ginny Chirsky, Director of Grants and Education, accepted the grant on behalf of the river conservation organization located in Meriden, CT  Aquatic Science Awareness Program (ASAP) will allow us to expand our current high school programs to elementary grades K-5 with a focus on 5th grade students at Meriden's Ben Franklin and Hanover Schools.  

We are equally proud to include 2 classes of Wallingford's  Lyman Hall students to this year's field trip program. Students will learn how to collect and ID macro invertebrates, conduct water quality experiments, and release trout they raised in the classroom. At the end of the day QRWA volunteers will give the students an introduction to kayaking where they will test their skills on Hanover Pond. The 3M/QRWA/Environmental Education programs have also made the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) and Personalize Learning Experience (PLE) programs available to students at Meriden's Maloney and Platt High Schools.  Summer program to include Solar Youth of New Haven's after school and summer camp students.  

The QRWA Headquarters is located in South Meriden, CT at 540 Oregon Road, 06451.  If you are familiar with the area,our headquarters was once the Meriden Human Society, and formerly the Dossin Beach Bathhouse in 1933. We have restored the building to serve as our headquarters and a regional environmental education center. Office hours Friday, 9 to 3 p.m. office phone 203-237-2237.

Who Are We and What Do We Do?

The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association provides “hands on” environmental and recreational programs to students in grades K-12 and TWO,  2  day water safety and canoe rescue courses to Quinnipiac University students every September.  We also host semi -Annual River clean up events, and provide paddling lessons, guided tours and recreational activities to families within the watershed. We are regulars at the Quinnipiac and West River festivals, and are well known in CT for our 5 mile downriver canoe and kayak race. We are always seeking volunteers to assist with launching boats, experienced paddlers for public events and to expand our river clean up efforts to other towns in the watershed. 

QRWA Receives 3M Environmental Grant - Grant will be used for 3M/QRWA High School Environmental Education Programs. (photos from May 13, field trip to Hanover Pond)

The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association received a $20,000 grant from 3M to enhance its Biodiversity and Ecology Education Programs for the Quinnipiac River. QRWA and 3M continue their relationship by adding a partnership with Meriden High Schools in providing environmental education programs where students in the watershed and beyond will be able to participate in field trips, classroom activities, hands on projects, and independent studies, that will connect them to the environment, the community and the river.

With the financial support of 3M, QRWA and Maloney High School Environmental Science teacher Mark Britton will lead the project and invite the other area high schools to participate in these programs and throughout the school year. The programs will be offered during regular school hours utilizing the schools buses to transport students to site locations. With these educational programs students will be able to participate in experiments to support theories and concepts explained in the classroom. The QRWA Headquarters, located on the shore of Hanover Pond, the Quinnipiac River and the Meriden Linear Trail provides the perfect staging area for field trips, hands-on projects and water quality studies. 

The following includes the 3M/QRWA High School Environmental Education Programs but not limited to:

  • Expanded Rapid Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) 
  • Independent Study/Personalized Learning Experience
  • Create a self- guided nature trail at Hanover Pond
  • Create a 100’ x 30’ educational riparian buffer
  • Design & Design & Construct a catamaran research vessel 
  • Trout in the Classroom Program

3M Purification Inc. is located in Meriden, CT at 400 Research Parkway.  For more information about 3Mgives visit www.3Mgives.com    On behalf of the QRWA board of directors we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Joe Struble at 3M Purification Inc. in Meriden for his continued encouragement and support of the QRWA and its mission.

Quinnipiac Watershed Base Plan Updates (QWBP)

As part of the ongoing efforts to improve water quality in the Quinnipiac River watershed, we want to make sure you are kept apprised of various activities going on and continued opportunities for participation in these watershed activities.  We welcome your participation in this project. This is a ten year plan in which all towns in the Quinnipiac Watershed should engage. 

The QRWA Steering Committee met on June 24th, 2014 to discuss the proposed projects in the Quinnipiac Watershed Base Plan. Members of the committee outlined a "plan for the plan", and have done an outreach to the town leaders in which projects have been sited in the plan. QRWA will be seeking funding opportunities and engaging town leaders to participate in discussions about the projects. If you are interested in serving on the committee, or would like a copy of the final plan you may refer to the tab on this website labeled "watershed news" and then click on the watershed base plan.

This project is funded in part by the CTDEEP through an EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant, with additional outreach support from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven through the Quinnipiac River Fund. Fuss & O'Neill, Inc. was retained to lead the development of the watershed based plan, working with a Project Steering Committee (QRWA, CTDEEP, and EPA) and a Watershed Stakeholders Group consisting of representatives from the watershed municipalities, government organizations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and others who live and work within the watershed. City and Town staff and volunteers are currently working with the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association to revise the plan and the latest updated information on your watershed and future actions is available. For a copy of the final base plan you may refer to tab labeled "watershed news" , and then click on the watershed base plan.  

Additional Information on the Q River

River Gage

  • Click here for a real time USGS water level gage of the river in Wallingford, Connecticut.
  • Click here for a water level gage of the river in Southington, Connecticut.
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Daily Announcements

River Clean Up for Q River in Four Towns April 15th, 9 a.m. to Noon- Contact information for Southington volunteers is Shianne Cutler (203) 988-1255, and will meet at the Primus open space property off Farmstead Rd., Cheshire Land Trust will hold their cleanup managed by Joy (contact her), and Meriden will be run by David James, QRWA President ( 203-237-2845), who will meet volunteers at QRWA HQ at 540 Oregon Rd. in Meriden, which will act as a staging and supply area for the entire cleanup effort. Clean up volunteers in Wallingford will meet at the area from Quinnipiac St to the south at what is known as Walco Park (captain Tim Nielsen).  North Haven clean up contact Steve Theriault (cell: 860-302-8099)  and meet at Toelles Rd. Bridge at the Wallingford line. Please park on one side of the street only. Traffic cones will be provided.

All participants should bring boots or old sneakers, work gloves, trash bags (we will have some) and optionally, ropes, hand-saws or other items to assist in retrieving items from the river and adjacent land areas. Kids are welcome but must be closely supervised by parent or guardian. The cleanups will run until noon and there will be refreshments provided at the end.

Speaker on Falconry - April 12, at 7 p.m. at QRWA Headquarters

Presentation by CT licensed falconer, Christine Peyreigne, on Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the QRWA Headquarters located at 540 Oregon Road, Meriden, CT  Christine will explain the art and science of falconry. She will have several native birds of prey with her including a Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl and a Kestrel.

Fish Stocking took place on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 - See info on tagged fish below.

There are 7 tagged trout with BRIGHT ORANGE DORSAL FIN TAGS. Claim your prize by contacting Pete Picone at 860-919-7236.  This event was made possible through fund raising efforts by Mike Roberts, with additional donations this year from Trout Unlimited Housatonic Chapter.

Garden to Habitat Revamping - April 8th, 9:00 a.m. - Seeking Volunteers

On April 8th, the Kiwanis Club of Meriden will be at the QRWA for their 7th Annual visit to help us for what began as preparing the butterfly and bee "garden" for the season. Since the "garden" was established as a sanctuary for pollinators, we are seeking volunteers to join us on April 8th to assist with the revamping of the "garden" to a "habitat", which more accurately reflects our original objective. If you are willing to volunteer to keep the habitat thriving, please bring your gloves and clipper and join us for an informal meeting at the habitat at 9:00 a.m. for an over view of our plans.

Check Calendar under "Events" tab for 2017 Programs including River Clean Up April 15, and Canoe/Kayak Race, Sunday, May 21, 2017

QRWA Hosting 4th Annual 3M/QRWA/High School Environmental Education Field Trips. May 3 and 4, 2017.

Students will participate in the 3M/QRWA/High School Environmental Education programs with a field trip to the QRWA facility for a day of  "on the water" and "on the shore" activities. 

Students will conduct  "hands on" experiments in the Lions Club Learning Center Classroom from stream and pond water collections, learn how to paddle, observe wildlife on Hanover Pond and walk along both linear trails and learn to identify flora and fauna.

First Year for 3M/QRWA/Aquatic Science Awareness Program (ASAP) For 5th Grades at Ben Franklin on April 24, 26, 28 and Hanover on May 1, 8, 10, 12. 

Volunteers welcome, contact Ginny Chirsky via this website.

Congratulations to Dan Pelletier, Steve Theirault and Mike Wieloch of the QRWA Paddle Committee who are now USCA Certified Canoe Instructors.

Notice to Our Butterfly and Bee Visitors - Record Journal Article/Update

For our 2017 plans we are seeking long term habitat volunteers. See below for contact information.

Our Butterfly & Bee habitat has suffered from extreme weather the past 2 years. Lack of rain for 2 summers has allowed aggressive weeds to take over the butterfly plants and a warm winter caused many plants to emerge early, only to be slammed with sub-zero temperatures on Valentine's weekend in February. The buds on the butterfly bushes died and the shrubs never recovered.

It is our intention to renovate the habitat in 2017. Plants that are worth keeping will be dug up, potted and saved. Remaining plants will be removed. The habitat will be divided into sections, and we are hoping that we can recruit individuals or groups to "adopt" a section and care for it throughout the growing season. We also hope to install some type of watering system so that the plants remain healthy and well hydrated for our pollinators

Anyone wishing to assist with the renovation plans for 2017 please contact Ginny Chirsky at qrwainfo@att.net or contact QRWA at 203-237-2237 and leave a message. Thank You.

Clark Brothers and Carpenters Dam Removals 

Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are partnering to remove Clark Brothers Dam (Southington), an inactive exposed water line (Cheshire) and Carpenters Dam (Meriden) in order to restore migratory fish passage and more recreational opportunities for paddling.  The removal of the Clark Brothers and Carpenters Dam are scheduled for August.

Great Give 2016 - Thanks to all who contributed to this fund raising event - Over $2000 Raised by QRWA during the Great Give Event!  

Environmental Education News - Student Field Trip Coverage

Source to Sound Clean Up 2016 River Clean Up Coverage - Channel 8 News  and  River Clean Up Coverage - Record Journal

September 10th and 11th Quinnipiac University Students to visit QRWA.  Intro to Canoeing Workshop, and all aspects of the canoe, canoe paddling and canoe safety. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Contact Dan Pelletier to confirm times and location.

We are currently putting together steps you can take if you find an injured or healthy turtle in need of some assistance.  for now, you can reach out to Deb Mason at 203-494-7610.  We will post names and contact numbers for veterinary care in the near future.
The QRWA BOD is deeply saddened to pass along to you the death of Annette Gattilia. For those of us forunate enough to have met her, and spend time with her and husband Rico at our headquarters, it was truly an honor. May the Gattilia Family Library serve as constant reminder to all of us that Annette's dedication to the environment truly made a difference. The Gattilia Family has named the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association to receive donations in her memory.       Front Porch NewsGattilia Family Library Dedication click here