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QRWA Receives 3M Environmental Grant - Grant will be used for 3M/QRWA High School Environmental Education Programs.
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)
- QRWA/Hanover Pond Field Trip - Determine the relationship between the physical, chemical & biological factors in Hanover Pond
- 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.
Wonx Spring Road Development in Southington
This development in Southington poses a significant risk to polluting the Quinnipiac River. The Connecticut environmental review team performed an unbiased third-party review and agrees. The Southington wetlands commission recently approved the development. The Southington Citizens For Common Sense Land Use are appealing the decision. Click here to read more in an article posted in the Hartford Courant. If you have any questions or need any more information, please feel free to call Frank Punzo at 860-302-1208 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 appraised of various activities going on and continued opportunities for participation in these watershed activities.
You may download a copy of the final draft for the QWBP by clicking here Comments on the final draft are due by December 20th and may be sent to email@example.com For a copy of the Tech Memo #2 prepared by Fuss and O'Neill please click here
A copy of the presentation made by Fuss and O'Neill at the November 6th Final Stakeholder meeting is available by clicking here
The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association along with invited partners in your cities and towns are currently updating the Quinnipiac Watershed Action Plan. The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA), working with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will revise the 2004 Quinnipiac Watershed Action Plan and transform the plan into a CTDEEP and EPA-approved watershed based plan. The revised plan will incorporate recent water quality data and the bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Quinnipiac River, facilitate capacity building and re-engage the watershed municipalities, and prioritize water bodies and implementation projects to reduce non-point source (NPS) pollutant loads in the watershed and improve water quality in the Quinnipiac River. The revised plan will also help ensure that available EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant funding can be used for qualifying implementation projects.
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
Also, if you are not already aware, the CT Fund for the Environment (CFE) has recently been working in your watershed on projects to reduce runoff and improve water quality, more information (http://reducerunoff.org/). Funding for this project is provided by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) through the Quinnipiac River Groundwater Natural Resources Damages Fund.
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.
- 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.
Other QRWA News and Updates
- QRWA Hosting presentation for information on proposed hydropower facility on Hanover Pond. Meeting, March 4th, at 6:30 at the QRWA Headquarters, 540 Oregon Road, Meriden, in the Cuno Community Room. Click here for Record Journal story on the roles of both NE Hydropower and the city of Meriden as they relate to this project.
- Dedication of QRWA library in honor of lifetime advocates for the Quinnipiac River
QRWA will recognize Annette and Rico Gattilia for their efforts to protect the Quinnipiac River through dedication of the new QRWA library in their name on Tuesday, February 25th at 2:30 at the QRWA Headquarters, 540 Oregon Road, Meriden, CT
- QRWA Receives $20,000 3M Environmental Grant -This grant will be used for 3M/QRWA High School Environmental Education Programs. See left panel for program information. The QRWA Board of directions wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to Joe Struble, EHS Specialist at 3M Purification Inc. in Meriden for his continued support and encouragement.
- QRWA Chosen Special Beneficiary Recipient of Game Dinner for 2014 - Thank You to Hunter’s Ambulance, the Youth Explorers and the Game Dinner Committee.
- Membership Annual Meeting - Monday, December 9th, 2013 to be held at QRWA Headquarters. Social Hour 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting. Steve Gephard, Supervising Fisheries Biologist,State of Connecticut- DEEP/Inland Fisheries Division will be summarizing the progress made toward restoring diadromous (migratory) fishes to the Quinnipiac River watershed, including the first year of operation of the Haakonsen Fishway at Wallace Dam in Wallingford, the plan to remove two dams in Meriden and Southington, and a possible hydroelectric project proposed for the Hanover Dam in Meriden.
- Join the QRWA Group on Face book. If you are having any difficulties contact Anna Neumon or Becky Martorelli to walk you through the steps
- Wildlife Photos for Sale - Wildlife Photos taken by QRWA Members are on sale and on display at QRWA Headquarters. Photos may be seen on Sat. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Check out the photo display and pricing by visiting the tab under "Photos". Photos may be ordered in the form of mouse pads, greeting cards or framed. Please call Kathy at 203-237-2237 to make your selection.
Watershed News and Updates
- Over 100 Maloney High School Students participated in our RBV program.
- Paddle Committee scheduled for Q University Paddle programs in the Fall - check schedule under "program" on upper tool bar
- Aquatic Science Paddle with Beat the Street Youths was a huge success - thank you City of Meriden for making the funding to make this program possible.
Updates to the plan, documentation and information will be posted to our web site as it becomes available. If you, or anyone you know is interested in serving on the stakeholder committee or can provide technical or financial support be please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org For more detailed information on this project please refer to the left panel of this page.