Quinnipiac River Watershed Association
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Volunteer Programs

For over 45 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 and members have worked on the following projects with support from 3M Filtration in Meriden, CT DEEP, US EPA, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Meriden CDBG. Volunteer opportunities and contact information are listed below.

Source to Sound River Cleanup Spring and Fall Programs - For information check posting on this website, QRWA Group Facebook page and details circulated to "river cleanup" volunteers via email from qrwainfo@att.net

Student Environmental Education Programs - Experienced paddlers needed for high school field trips to shadow students on the water for kayaking. Assistance needed in the classroom to help elementary level students ID aquatic samples.  Field trips take place in April, May and October. Interested parties should contact Ginny Chirsky via this website.

Paddle Committee - Contact Mike Mordarski or Dan Pelletier via our contact form or at qrwainfo@att.net Help needed for canoe race and guided tours.

Water Quality - Provided to students for educational purposes.

QRWA Pollinator Habitat - Contact Becky Martorelli via our contact form found on this website or at qrwainfo@att.net Seasonal help needed. 

Stream Walks

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.