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Meriden NRI 

QRWA president David James and QRWA member/volunteer Emily Picard have volunteered their time to participate on a panel for "Meriden Resources Inventory" (NRI)  The purpose of NRI is to compile and describe important, naturally occurring resources within Meriden's town limits. It will support efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the environment as well as promoting greater appreciation and enjoyment of nature. To find out more information about NRI and how you may participate please visit the website at https://meridennri.wixsite.com/meridennri

The Quinnipiac River Canoeable Trail is back better than ever! Visit the site at www.qrivertrail.org/

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.
New England Hydropower Corporation Donates $1000

On March 23rd, Chris Conover, New England Hydropower Corporation Chief Marketing Officer presented a check in the amount of $1000 to QRWA President, David James to be used towards environmental education and general fund purposes. 

New England Hydropower Corporation (NEHC) are the builder and operator of the Archimedes screw, water turbine on Hanover Pond in Meriden.   Community involvement are part of both organizations mission.

The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association was awarded a $48,000 Aquatic Science Education Grant by 3M Corporation on Monday, March 21, 2016. 
We are equally proud to include 2 classes of Wallingford's  Lyman Hall students to this year's field trip program. Students will learn how to collect and ID macro invertebrates, conduct water quality experiments, and release trout they raised in the classroom. At the end of the day QRWA volunteers will give the students an introduction to kayaking where they will test their skills on Hanover Pond. The 3M/QRWA/Environmental Education programs have also made the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) and Personalize Learning Experience (PLE) programs available to students at Meriden's Maloney and Platt High Schools.  Summer program to include Solar Youth of New Haven's after school and summer camp students.  

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. You may reach us by email at qrwainfo@att.net or by phone at  203-237-2237.

Who Are We and What Do We Do?

The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association provides “hands on” environmental and recreational programs to students in grades K-12 and TWO,  2  day water safety and canoe rescue courses to Quinnipiac University students every September.  We also host semi -Annual River clean up events, and provide paddling lessons, guided tours and recreational activities to families within the watershed. We are regulars at the Quinnipiac and West River festivals, and are well known in CT for our 5 mile downriver canoe and kayak race. We are always seeking volunteers to assist with launching boats, experienced paddlers for public events and to expand our river clean up efforts to other towns in the watershed. 

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.  We welcome your participation in this project. This is a ten year plan in which all towns in the Quinnipiac Watershed should engage. 

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 you may refer to the tab on this website labeled "watershed news" and then click on the watershed base plan.

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 you may refer to tab labeled "watershed news" , and then click on the watershed base plan.  

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

As the end of the year draws near, the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association's members/volunteers we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thank you to all of you for your support, contributions, and feedback to challenges we face within our watershed and beyond. We cannot do what we do without the enthusiasm and energy from our members/volunteers. We wish you the absolute best in the new year.

A friendly note about drones over Hanover Pond. While the videos can capture beautiful scenery around the pond, we must mindful and concerned that a drone can be harmful or discouraging to wildlife particularly during nesting season.  

Our popular speaker series returns March 12th, 2024, with guest speaker Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple on the topic of Bobcats. Presentation begins at 6:30 at the QRWA Headquarters, located at 540 Oregon Road in Meriden. There is no cost for this presentation. The presentation will focus on the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut and provide an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. Bobcat artifacts will also be shown.

The Invasive Water Chestnut: Research and grant funding is being pursued by QRWA for the control and management of the invasive water chestnut appearing on Hanover Pond. For the past four years Lyman Hall students have been manually removing the pods, but this has become a larger challenge that will require professional control and management of the invasive species Some grant deadlines have already passed but we will continue to seek funding to begin treatment in time for the first blooms this spring. Updates will be forthcoming.  Any question may be directed to Ginny Chirsky via our contact form on this website.  

We are no longer offering Pay Pal as a feature to pay your membership renewal or to join QRWA. And we are no longer have supplies to fulfill the pictured items with a new membership, however, all membership renewals and new membership will receive a QRWA membership card. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your understanding in these necessary changes.  Please make your check payable to QRWA and mail to PO Box 2825, Meriden, CT 06450 

A New Home for Bats Welcome to the Watershed - In its ongoing efforts to restore the watershed to ecological balance, the QRWA found an ally in Platt High School’s CT Climate Action Club to provide much needed habitat for Connecticut’s stressed bat population.  In recent years the numbers of these ecologically important and beneficial creatures have diminished due to habitat destruction and the ravages of white nose syndrome.

A collaborative effort “To the Bat Cave, Students” was speared-headed and managed by students who enlisted the collaboration of experts from the ecological community, the CT DEEP, the Meriden Parks and Recreation Department as well as QRWA and several of its members.  Students also raised all the funds for the project through Donor’s Choose – within a week!The result, after a year much effort and many challenges, is a bat house standing tall along the Quinnipiac River Dossin Beach that can potentially house nearly a thousand bats.  

Watch Video of Ms. Robles 5th Grade Class Hanover School Field Trip May 5th, 2017

Turtle Rescue and Vet Information

If you find an injured or healthy turtle in need of assistance, please contact Deb Mason at 203-494-7610. If more immediate attention is needed Kensington Vet will take injured box turtles. They are located at 977 Farmington Avenue, Berlin, CT they are open from 8 to 5. Phone number is 860-828-7736.