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Decorah Eagles - Observe Eagle's Nest via webcam

Anyone interested in observing an Eagle's nest via webcam can watch the Decorah Eagles via the following link below. The first egg was laid around Feb. 25th , the second is expected March 6th and the third shoudl be there by the time you open the link. However, the polar vortex and subzero temps are threatening the survival of the eggs. One parent must sit on the eggs constantly to keep them warm, while depending on its mate to bring home food. Click here for LIVE video

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 frank.punzo@gmail.com 

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 qrwainfo@att.net 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.

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

  • Butterfly and Bee Habitat Project - Seeking 5 volunteers for dividing and potting perennials and to edge walkway. April 26th, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

  • Quinnipiac Riverfest May 4th - 11 a.m to 3 p.m. for more details of the days events click here  QRWA providing canoes and paddling.

  • 3M/QRWA/High School Environmental Educations Program include Maloney and Platt Field Trips to Hanover Pond and River Monitoring off site - RBV for May 1st (RAIN DATE May 2) and May 13th to Hanover Pond. Students will release the trout they raised in the classroom, conduct a series of chemical and biological experiments, learn how to tie fly and spend time on the water with an introduction to kayaking and water safety. If time allows some students can participate in constructing a research catamaran. These programs will become part of our permanent education programs and will be repeated in the fall. We hope that Wilcox will be participating in the near future.  

  • Downriver Classic May 18th - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Click here for details of race and  Click here for Registration Form to pre register by using Pay Pal feature which can be found by clicking on our membership tab. You may also send a check payable to QRWA, PO Box 2825, Meriden, CT 06450 

  • May 24 has been declared as World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) -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 webpage where all the details of the day can be found. That site address is nature.org/ctfish

  • Additional 2014 Activities click here

  • Gattilia Family Library Dedication Front Porch News click here