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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.




 

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, 2013 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 a copy of the final base plan he 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

SAVE the DATE - Thursday, August 13 - 2nd Annual "All You Can Eat Pizza" Fund Raiser

Tickets available on line - Early Bird Tickets $25.00, after August 7th, $30.00.   Click here to purchase tickets, or call QRWA  office at 203-237-223. Tickets may also be purchased on a Sat. at the QRWA building from 9 to 3 p.m.
EST of New Haven Pizza Truck will serve gourmet salad and pizza, frozen yogurt and cappuccino. Children under 6 years of age FREE.   

August 2015 - We are currently putting together steps you can take if you find and 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.


Two More Solar Youth Field Trips - July 24th and July 31st. Paddling, Birding and Trail Walk

QRWA Hosts Field Trip for Solar Youth Students, Friday, July 10th
Students will arrive at Wallace Dam Fishway for a tour followed by a day of "on the water" and "on the shore" activities at the QRWA Environmental Education Center. Students will learn how to paddle, observe wildlife on Hanover Pond and walk along the trail to Sodom Brook to collect various species and return to the classroom to ID them.  Students will also participate in a classroom discussion on the challenges of the watershed and what they can do to improve water quality.


QRWA Hosts "Take a VET Fishing" collaborated with Trout Unlimited - Great Success 

The main component of the program was directed to a select group from the sight impaired unit of the VA.    The weather and the fish cooperated. Click here to see photos.

Student Field Trips Held May 5th and May 12th at QRWA 

Maloney and Platt High School Students enjoyed a day of science and recreation at the QRWA for their 2nd Annual Environmental Education Field Trip. Click here for photos. Thank You to ALL the students for being engaged in the experience and to all our volunteers....our heartfelt thanks for 2 full days!



  • 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