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Volunteer Programs

Volunteers Needed for All Annual Events - River Clean up, Canoe Race, Riverfest Paddling, Environmental Education student field trips, and butterfly and bee habitat. Crews needed for setting up event, taking down event, raffle prizes, signage, parking, clean up and providing committee chair with sign in sheets and waivers if necessary. Contact Liz at 203-237-2237

Annual River Clean Up - Contact David James or leave a message at 203-237-2237 to volunteer or become a Team Leader - Fall and Spring Clean

Butterfly and Bee Habitat - Contact Becky Martorelli via this website. Seasonal help needed. 

Student Environmental Education Programs - contact Ginny Chirsky via this website. Field trip help needed for the months of May and June for 2017.  High School and elementary grade level.

Paddle Committee - Contact Dan Pelletier. Volunteers needed for riverfest events, canoe race and guided tours.

Citizen Science Programs - River Monitoring - more information and annual DEEP reports can be found on left panel under River Monitoring. This is a great opportunity for everyday people to take part in the QRWA’s ‘Citizen Science’ program. Our premier Fall activity, involves volunteers taking aquatic creature samples along various points along the Q River and its incoming streams, categorizing the live little creatures, returning the samples back into the water and sending some samples to the state of CT for verification.  To participate please contact QRWA RBV Trainer, Becky Martorelli to register for our Fall RBV Sampling. Classes are usually conducted in October and November.

The samples will contain insects otherwise known as macro invertebrates.  These macro invertebrates range from being highly sensitive to not so sensitive to changes in their environment, the moving water.  By sampling a number of locations along the Q River, scientists can determine the quality of the water based on the location, number and types of macro invertebrates found in the samples.  They are the pieces of the puzzle that give an overall picture of the health of the Quinnipiac River.  Details and program classes under River Monitoring (left panel).

Other Volunteer Programs

For over 30 years, QRWA volunteers have been leading hikes, lectures, clean-ups and habitat restoration, encouraging others to care about the Quinnipiac River and its tributaries. Its consistent stewardship of natural resources has resulted in huge gains in the river's viability as an environmental treasure as well as an important natural resource for central Connecticut. The QRWA volunteers have worked on the following projects with support from CT DEEP, US EPA, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Meriden CDBG.

Landowner Education

QRWA published an abbreviated Quinnipiac Greenway Landowner's Guide to help landowners reduce pollution and use tax credits to conserve watershed land. We also prepared a full-length guide for muncipal officials.

Outreach Project

Students and volunteers marked storm drains and distributed educational flyers. QRWA volunteers briefed municipal officials on streamwalk findings and recommendations.


QRWA began four (4) demonstration projects with muncipalities to restore vegetation along rivers and streams. We arge for more protective buffers in land developments to protect water quality and wildlife.

Eagle Count

QRWA currently has daily sitings of bald eagles on Hanover Pond located behind the QRWA headquarters on Oregon Road in Meriden. Photos of the eagles may be seen on QRWA FB page and first hand on Hanover Pond.

In 2007, bald eagles nested on the river for the first time since state records were kept. QRWA volunteers participate in eagle counts whenever possible, usually in January. 


This program is being looked into for 2016-2017 plans.  Seeking training and students from local high schools to participate. Contact Ginny Chirsky if more information needed.  

In the past, trained volunteers walked the river and its tributaries, reporting on erosion, over-fertilization and other ecological hazards. These teams reported on the conditions they have found to QRWA staff, who target these areas for appropriate follow-up, including landowner education.