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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.  

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 please contact Ginny Chirsky through this web site.  Next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for September 2014. 

A copy of the presentation made by Fuss and O'Neill at the November 6th Final Stakeholder meeting is available by clicking here  

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 the latest updated information click here

If you have any questions on this process to improve water quality in your watershed, please contact Chris Malik, DEEP at 860-424-3347 or the QRWA office at 203-237-2237.  We welcome your participation in this project directly or through your current city and towns representatives at upcoming meetings.

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

  • All You Can Eat Pizza Party FUND RAISER - August 14th, 5:30 – 9:00 pm at the QRWA, 540 Oregon Road in Meriden.
    EST of New Haven Pizza Truck - Tickets $25, children under 6 year FREE - Tickets can purchased from QRWA Board Members, Danby’s on East Main Street, Meriden, Danby’s Gulf Gas Station in Yalesville, Val’s Auto Service, 476 Colony Street, Meriden, and QRWA on Saturdays, between 9 to 3 p.m. or by calling 203-237-2237. Tickets limited to the first 100 sold - Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 7th in order to provide a head count for EST Pizza.  Kayaks, Canoes and outside games will be provided.
  • Monarch butterflies on the decline at QRWA B&B Habitat
  • Grant and Education Newsletter
  • A Special Thank You to our 34th Downriver Classic Race Participants. It is always a pleasure to host this event for you each year. You are the most considerate, pleasant and appreciative group of racers who are respectful of your surroundings and leave the area spotless!   Click here for race results and we look forward to seeing you next year.
  • Visit web site to get updated information on when Professor Tolonen will be offering Sat. programs.  QRWA members will get notified via email.
  • The CTDEEP has teamed up with The Nature Conservancy and Princeton Hydro to organize events in CT.DEEP will be hosting tours to over a dozen fishways (and a dam removal site) throughout the state and will be sponsoring presentations and a progressive tour of fishways in eastern CT. DEEP hopes to have a high profile and raise awareness of migratory fish in our state and promote the good work that many are doing in CT to protect and restore runs of migratory fish. The Nature Conservancy is hosting a where all the details of the day can be found. That site address is nature.org/ctfish

  • Hopkins Students Volunteer Day at the Q - Students worked in B& B habitat, assisted with Q-river cleanups, oiled two wooden benches under the cedar trees, put together a new garden bench, edged and cleaned up the garden path stones, planted annuals and two flower pots by our front entrance. Thank You Hopkins! 


  • If you catch a tagged fish please call Pete Picone at 860-919-7236
  • QRWA Paddle Committee head to West River on July 12th to provide paddling to city youths.
  • Additional 2014 Activities click here

  • 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.
  • Gattilia Family Library Dedication Front Porch News click here