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Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for All Annual Events - River Clean up, Canoe Race, Riverfest Paddling, Environmental Education student field trips, and butterfly and bee habitat. 

Crews needed for setting up events, taking down events, raffle prizes, signage, parking, clean up and providing committee chair with sign in sheets and waivers if necessary. Contact Liz at 203-237-2237

Annual River Clean Up - Contact Quinnipiac  River Cleanup Chairman, Tim Cutler at 203-213-7591

Butterfly and Bee Habitat - See side panel. Interested parties should contact Becky Martorelli 203-213-4366, Seasonal help needed as well volunteers to adopt a section of the habitat. 

Student Environmental Education Programs - contact Ginny Chirsky at ginnychirsky@att.net Field trip help needed for the months of April, May and October.  High school trips need experienced paddlers, and elementary need assistance in classroom to help 5th graders ID river collections. 

Paddle Committee - Contact Paddle Committee Chair, Mike Mordarski for guided tours and paddling events in New Haven adn West Haven and Dan Pelletier for annual Downriver canoe/kayak race. 

Due to limited areas to collect river samples we are no longer offering the official CT DEEP Citizen Science Programs - River Monitoring. Currently QRWA is providing high school and elementary students with the proper way to collect  aquatic  samples from nearby brooks for educational purposes only.  For further information of Rifflle programs, please contact QRWA RBV Trainer, Becky Martorelli at 203-213-4366

Other Volunteer Programs

For over 30 years, QRWA volunteers have been leading hikes, lectures, clean-ups and habitat restoration, encouraging others to care about the Quinnipiac River and its tributaries. Its consistent stewardship of natural resources has resulted in huge gains in the river's viability as an environmental treasure as well as an important natural resource for central Connecticut. The QRWA volunteers have worked on the following projects with support from CT DEEP, US EPA, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Meriden CDBG.

Landowner Education

QRWA published an abbreviated Quinnipiac Greenway Landowner's Guide to help landowners reduce pollution and use tax credits to conserve watershed land. We also prepared a full-length guide for muncipal officials.

Outreach Project

Students and volunteers marked storm drains and distributed educational flyers. QRWA volunteers briefed municipal officials on streamwalk findings and recommendations. 

Educational information provided to Department of Public Works.  Interested parties should contact the QRWA office for program information.


QRWA began four (4) demonstration projects with muncipalities to restore vegetation along rivers and streams. We arge for more protective buffers in land developments to protect water quality and wildlife.

Eagle Count

QRWA currently has daily sitings of bald eagles on Hanover Pond located behind the QRWA headquarters on Oregon Road in Meriden. Photos of the eagles may be seen on QRWA FB page and first hand on Hanover Pond.

In 2007, bald eagles nested on the river for the first time since state records were kept. QRWA volunteers participate in eagle counts whenever possible, usually in January. 


This program is being looked into for 2016-2017 plans.  Seeking training and students from local high schools to participate. Contact Ginny Chirsky if more information needed.  

In the past, trained volunteers walked the river and its tributaries, reporting on erosion, over-fertilization and other ecological hazards. These teams reported on the conditions they have found to QRWA staff, who target these areas for appropriate follow-up, including landowner education.