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.
- 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.
Congratulations to Dan Pelletier, Steve Theirault and Mike Wieloch of the QRWA Paddle Committee who are now USCA Certified Canoe Instructors.
Know Your Flow - FYI for paddlers - We have a river gauge located on the left panel.
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 this fall. 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 this fall (date to be determined), please 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- dates to be determined- 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. This course is a TWO, 2 day event in
QRWA Hosting 3rd Annual 3M/QRWA/Student Environmental Education Field Trips in May
In addition to Maloney and Platt High Schools we are adding Lyman Hall in Wallingford, to our 2016 programs. 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. Next year environmental education programs will expand to 5th graders at Ben Franklin and Hanover Schools.
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