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Farmington River Watershed Association work and volunteer opport
May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Greater Hartford Sierra Club monthly program meeting Thursday May 10, 2018
Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd, W. Hartford, CT
7:00pm Activist letters available
7:30pm Program: Farmington River Watershed Association work and volunteer opportunities
($4 donation requested to defray hall rental)
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Alisa Phillips-Griggs, is the Water Quality & Projects Coordinator at the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA).
She will discuss FRWA’s work including the annual clean up and volunteer water quality monitoring projects in CT which our attendees may join along with other FRWA projects.
Alisa holds an M.S. in Geology from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Geology from Michigan State University. She grew up in Collinsville. Since March 2006, she has expanded FRWA’s water quality monitoring program to include comprehensive macroinvertebrate research and an in-house bacteria testing laboratory, and has also initiated numerous programs designed to improve water quality including the State’s first unwanted medication collection and several buffer enhancement projects. When she is not working to preserve and protect rivers, Alisa is an alpine and Nordic ski patroller; Farmington River sculler, and plays Celtic fiddle.
Founded in 1953, FRWA is a citizen-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working on restoration and conservation issues such as water quality, water allocation, recreational usage, open space, and wetland and floodplain protection. They work with federal, state and local governments, business and industry, and the people of the watershed’s 33 communities to protect the river and the region’s natural resources.
FRWA volunteers clean up riverbanks, restore habitat, collect water samples, organize fundraisers, get the word out about pollution prevention and water conservation, work with town officials, take pictures and videos and design publications.
Volunteer River Steward Program: The FRWA is pairing with the Lower Farmington River & Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Study Committee to start a volunteer river steward program. Frequent river users pick a section of river that they would be willing to frequently patrol. This would entail recording recreational activity that is taking place, reporting or cleaning trash, and noting any changes in the river.