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Water Trails Events in CT

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The Last Green Valley's Walktober Submissions Due ( Event Date: April 24, 2014 )

2014 Long Island Sound Citizens Summit ( Event Date: April 25, 2014 )

Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association Earth Day Cleanup :: April 26, 2014 :: anytime ( Event Date: April 26, 2014 )

Earth Month and River Cleanup Funds Available from The Last Green Valley ( Event Date: April 30, 2014 )

Great Island Old Lyme Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( Event Date: May 3, 2014 )

2014 Naugatuck Valley River Race and Beacon Falls Lions Duck Festival ( Event Date: May 3, 2014 )

SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH ( Event Date: May 4, 2014 )

East River State boat launch with the Branford Kayak Group ( Event Date: May 4, 2014 )

Help Aquarion find and recognize Connecticut's top environmental volunteers. ( Event Date: May 7, 2014 )

Clinton Landing Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( Event Date: May 10, 2014 )

Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( Event Date: May 11, 2014 )

Bantam Lake Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( Event Date: May 17, 2014 )

Willimantic Riverfest 2014 ( Event Date: May 17, 2014 )

Connecticut River Paddle from Riverside Park Hartford with the Branford Kayak Group ( Event Date: May 18, 2014 )

Four Mile River Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( Event Date: May 24, 2014 )

Membunketsuck River Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( Event Date: May 25, 2014 )

Lake Waramaug Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( Event Date: May 31, 2014 )

paddle off to the birds of prey ( Event Date: June 1, 2014 )

Paddle for a Cure on the Quinebaug ( Event Date: June 8, 2014 )

Paddle Trip on Chase Reservoir Killingly, CT ( Event Date: July 14, 2014 )

Paddle on Pachaug Pond ( Event Date: August 12, 2014 )

Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) ( Event Date: December 31, 2014 )

 

Other paddling event calendars:
ConnYAK at http://www.connyak.org/Yakevents.htm
Paddle Killingly at http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/calendar/?scroll=true#calendar

The Last Green Valley's Walktober Submissions Due

It is that time of year again where we begin planning for The Last Green Valley's Walktober.

We hope you will consider leading a walk, bike, paddle, horse ride or event for 2014. The deadline for submitting an experience is April 24th. Last year we had over 50,000 participants and we hope to have even more this year! Click here for The Walktober submission form and you can also find it on our website.

We will also be holding a Walktober Committee Meeting for former and new Walk Leaders on Monday, April 7th at 4:00 p.m. at our TLGV office, 203B Main St., Danielson, CT. Please email Valerie@tlgv.org or call 860-774-3300 if you would like to join us or with any questions.

Thank you for supporting Walktober!
Event Date: April 24, 2014

For more information go to http://www.tlgv.org/resources/walktober2013info.html

(posted April 1, 2014, number 373)


2014 Long Island Sound Citizens Summit

Please join us for a historical event Friday, April 25, 2014 9:00am until 3:30pm celebrating Long Island Sound’s past and charting its future on the 400th Anniversary of Adriaen Block’s voyages of discovery.

We are honored to announce John Cronin-Time Magazines, "Hero for the Planet," as our keynote speaker! In addition, experts from multiple fields, including federal state and local legislators will discuss past, present and future opportunities on the Sound as it relates to the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.

Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10801
Event Date: April 25, 2014

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/244056325766351/?source=1

(posted February 24, 2014, number 286)


Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association Earth Day Cleanup :: April 26, 2014 :: anytime

Earth Day Cleanup :: April 26, 2014 :: anytime

Help WPWA keep our watershed healthy and beautiful by voluteering a few hours of your time to clean up a public access area along one of our beautiful rivers. You choose a time that is convenient for you - anytime the weekend of April 26-27.

Chose a site and then PLEASE EMAIL heather@wpwa.org with the following information: * The name/# of the site that you want to tidy up. * The number of participants (& their approximate ages). * Why you are choosing this particular site - does it mean something special to you? (optional)

Bags and gloves for collecting trash and bottled water will be provided to all volunteers. A dumpster will be placed at the WPWA headquarters and it is requested that you deliver your collected trash by Monday (EARTH DAY!) the 28nd of April. Once a site has a designated volunteer a name will appear in all capitals immediately following (see #1). If a site is taken, but you would still like to help there, just indicate that in your registration email. Thanks!

1. Rt. 165 RIDEM Wood River Access, Exeter NARR TU
2. The Pines and Deep Hole, Blitzkreig Trail, Exeter NARR TU
3. Browning Mill Pond, Arcadia Road, Exeter SAMANTHA MIGDAIL-SMITH
4. Frosty Hollow Pond, Frosty Hollow Road, Exeter NARR TU
5. Queen’s River at Mail Road, Exeter
6. Wyoming Pond, Bank Street, Richmond
7. Hope Valley Fishing Access, Mechanic Street, Hopkinton GRANT
8. Alton Pond, Woodville-Alton Rd, Hopkinton
9. Woodville Road access, Hopkinton
10. Barberville Dam, Arcadia Road, Hopkinton
11. Beaver River Fishing Access, Rt. 138, Richmond SUMNER
12. Beaver River at Shannock Hill Rd., Richmond SUMNER
13. Horseshoe Falls, Shannock Village, Richmond
14. Shannock Canoe Access at Railroad St., Richmond
15. Jay Cronan access, Rt. 91, Richmond 16. Carolina Trout Pond, Carolina Management Area, Richmond
17. Meadow Brook at Pine Hill Rd, Richmond
18. Meadow Brook Pond, Rt. 91, Richmond
19. Switch Road Canoe access, Richmond
20. Barber Pond, Rt. 2, South Kingstown
21. Worden Pond, Worden Pond Rd, South Kingstown
22. Taylor’s Landing, Rt. 138, South Kingstown
23. Bradford access, Rt. 91, Bradford
24. White Rock, White Rock Rd, Westerly
25. Chapman Pond, Rt. 91, Westerly

*** Don't see a site that you think should be on this list? Send an email to heather@wpwa.org to let us know.***

For More Information Contact: Heather Hamilton: heather@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

More Events from The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association

WINTER & SPRING BIRDING SERIES #6 :: May 3, 2014 :: 8 am to 11 am GREAT SWAMP MGMT AREA, SOUTH KINGSTOWN Participants will enjoy learning about the basics of birding with local expert, Roger Masse. The series of walks will take us around the southern part of RI, through management areas and nature preserves, from coastal ponds and shores to inland woods and rivers in search of some of the many bird species who make their winter homes here. Most walks are on easy trails, but be prepared for cold weather. Bring binoculars. Field guides are helpful. Pre-registration is required. You will receive the meeting location when you register. WPWA Member Price: $5.00/person Non-Member Price: $10.00/person For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Project Wet Workshop :: May 3, 2014 :: 9 am to 3:30 pm Get your feet wet at this Project Wet Workshop, to be held on the banks of the Wood River at the WPWA Campus. Learn how to conduct river exploration field trips as we search for aquatic creatures. Create better lessons about water with this 6-hour workshop based on the Project Wet (Water Education for Teachers) and WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands environmental education curriculum guides. These nationally recognized guides are packed with over 100 activities that educators can use in their classrooms to help students learn about water and its impact on our lives. Teachers will receive both activity guides free through the RIDEM Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Education Resource Program. Teachers, pre-service teachers, and non-formal educators from all grade levels are encouraged to take the workshop. Correlations to the Next Generation of Science Standards will be provided. Professional development credits are available. Price: $15.00/person For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Map and Compass Workshop #1 :: May 8, 2014 :: 6 pm to 9 pm Do you like to get out and explore in the woods, but worry about your skills to find your way back? Join WPWA and the Narragansett Chapter of the AMC for a two-part course (Thursday evening for 3 hours and Saturday day for 6 hours) that will teach you how to read and understand maps and use a compass correctly. At the end of this course participants should feel more comfortable with their abilities to plan routes, determine their locations, and come out safely. Safe hiking tips will be included. This first part is a three hour indoor class held at the WPWA Campus. Topics include reading map symbols and contour lines, matching the terrain to the map, taking and using bearings, orienting map and compass, declination, determining your location and planning your route. Saturday's section will be conducted at Arcadia Management Area in Exeter. The morning session will allow participants to practice their new skills and learn other details about taking and using compass bearings. After lunch they will plan and then execute a bushwhack route through the woods. Instructors include experienced Northern Hikes Leaders from AMC. Participants should bring a declinated compass and plan to attend both dates. Maps of several local areas will be available for purchase. Registration for this date includes registration for Sat. Contact Denise with any questions. Price: $20.00/person For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Map and Compass Workshop #2 :: May 10, 2014 :: 9 am to 3 pm This is the second part of the Map and Compass Workshop, conducted entirely outdoors at the Arcadia Management Area, from 9 am to 3 pm. Participants register for both on Thursday, May 8. Bring declinated compass, orange vests or hats, daypack, lunch, water, insect repellent and sunscreen. Dress for the weather. We do this rain or shine. You register for both workshops by registering for Workshop #1. For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Learn To Fish :: May 17, 2014 :: 9 am to 12 pm Give a kid a fish and they might eat it if it comes from a can. Teach a kid to fish and they learn a life time of adventure and fun. Young anglers from 4 to 14 can learn to fish at the Carolina Trout Pond in the Carolina Management Area. Fishing enthusiasts from the Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be on hand to teach the fine art of baiting a hook, casting, and taking your catch off the hook. Bait and tackle will be supplied by WPWA and RIDEM Aquatic Ed Program. Special family rates for 3 or more children are $25 for members, $35 for non-members. WPWA Member Price: Initial child (14 and under): $10.00 Each Additional Child: $10.00 Adults free Non-Member Price: Initial child (14 and under): $15.00 Each Additional Child: $10.00 Adults free For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Introduction to Kayak Course :: May 31, 2014 :: 9 am to 3 pm This 6 hour ACA Certified course for beginning kayakers focuses on safety on the water, improving paddling skills, and practicing rescue techniques. Participants will come away from the course with the confidence to explore quiet waters in the watershed. Course is limited to 6. Fee includes kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and water shoes. Expect to get in the water at some point. Bring sun protection, lunch and water. We will be offering this popular class 3 times this summer, so that everyone has a chance to take it. WPWA Member Price: $40.00/person Non-Member Price: $50.00/person For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Fish Passage Project on the Pawcatuck Paddle :: June 7, 2014 :: 9 am to 2 pm After 6 years WPWA has finally completed the Fish Passage Project on the Pawcatuck in Shannock. On this 8.5 mile paddle we will get a close up look at the new rock ramp at Kenyon Industries; the fish ladder and eelway at Horseshoe Falls; and the new white water section at lower Shannock. Details of the project will be provided at each site. Put in at Biscuit City Landing in South Kingstown and take-out at the Jay Cronan River Access in Richmond. You should have some experience on rivers for this paddle. Bring your own boat or use one of WPWA's 9-foot kayaks for an extra fee. WPWA will take care of the shuttling. WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person Non-Member Price: $20.00/person Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $10 for WPWA members or $20 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event. For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Introduction to Kayaking Course :: June 28, 2014 :: 9 am to 3 pm This 6 hour ACA Certified course for beginning kayakers will focus on safety on the water, improving paddling skills, and practicing rescue techniques. Participants will come away from the course with the confidence to explore quiet waters in the watershed. Course is limited to 6. Fee includes kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and water shoes. Expect to get in the water at some point. Bring sun protection, lunch and water. WPWA Member Price: $40.00/person Non-Member Price: $50.00/person For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Super Full Moon Paddle :: July 12, 2014 :: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm It’s called SUPER because this is about as close as the moon ever gets to the earth. Join WPWA on this delightful summer evening paddle heading upstream on the Wood River from the WPWA campus. Put your boat in the water as the sun sets and paddle back as the full moon rises over the river. Paddlers must wear appropriate life jackets - no self inflatables. Bring water and headlamps. Bring your own boat or use one of WPWA's single person 9-foot kayaks, available for an extra fee. WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person Non-Member Price: $20.00/person Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $10 for WPWA members or $20 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event. For More Information Contact: The WPWA Office: info@wpwa.org, (401) 539-9017

Introduction to Kayak Course :: August 2, 2014 :: 9 am to 3 pm Last chance this summer to take this popular 6 hour ACA Certified course for beginning kayakers. The course will focus on safety on the water, improving paddling skills, and practicing rescue techniques. Participants will come away from the course with the confidence to explore quiet waters in the watershed. Course limited to 6. Fee includes kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and water shoes. Expect to get into the water at some point. Bring sun protection, lunch and water. Pre-registration required. WPWA Member Price: $40.00/person Non-Member Price: $50.00/person For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Almost Full Moon Paddle :: August 9, 2014 :: 7 to 9 pm The day before a full moon the moon rises earlier so that we will be able to enjoy it a little longer on this beautiful evening paddle. We put in at the historic Kenyon Grist Mill in Usquepaugh and paddle up the Queen River. Put your boat in the water as the sun sets and paddle back as the super full moon rises over the river. Paddlers must wear appropriate life jackets - no self inflatables. Bring water and headlamps. Bring your own boat or rent one from Queen's River Kayaks for an extra fee. WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person Non-Member Price: $20.00/person Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $10 for WPWA members or $20 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event. For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Bioluminescent Paddle :: August 22, 2014 :: 7:30 to 9:30 pm During summer months, as the water temperatures rise, ctenophores, or comb jellyfish, make their way into estuaries and salt ponds in southern RI. One of the most remarkable characteristics of these small creatures is their ability to glow when agitated. To experience this natural light show after dark, WPWA and the Salt Ponds Coalition are providing a fascinating paddle on a salt pond in Charlestown, RI. Paddlers will be amazed by the radiance emitted by the comb jellies in the water with every stroke of their paddle. Information about the critters and their habitats will be discussed. Since this paddle takes place after dark, be sure to bring headlamps or flashlights. A limited number of single-person 9 foot kayaks are available for an extra donation. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person Non-Member Price: $20.00/person Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $10 for WPWA members or $20 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event. For More Information Contact: Heather Hamilton: heather@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Almost Full Moon Sept Paddle :: September 7, 2014 :: 6:30 to 8:30 pm The day before a full moon the moon rises earlier so that we will be able to enjoy it a little longer on this beautiful evening paddle. Join WPWA on this delightful latesummer evening paddle heading upstream on the Wood River from the WPWA campus. Begin your adventure as the sun sets & paddle back as the almost full moon rises over the river. WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person Non-Member Price: $20.00/person Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $10 for WPWA members or $20 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event. For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

Eppley Wildlife Refuge Paddle and Hike :: October 11, 2014 :: 9 am to 1 pm Celebrate fall with this unique trip into the Audubon Society of RI’s special Marion Eppley Wildlife Refuge. One of the largest refuges owned by Audubon, the Eppley Refuge is not open to the public, but is maintained as an unspoiled and unbroken tract for wildlife habitat and study. Programs are held here by special permission only. We will meet at the historic Kenyon Cornmeal Company Mill in Usquepaugh and enjoy a spectacular paddle upstream on the Queen’s River. At the refuge we will be met by Audubon staff for a tour of the area, after which we will get back into our kayaks and return to the start. Co-sponsored by ASRI, this is a one of kind experience into this extraordinary preserve. Limit 15 participants. Bring your own boat or rent a kayak from Queen's River Kayaks for an extra $10. WPWA Member Price: $40.00/person Non-Member Price: $55.00/person Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $10 for WPWA members or $20 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event. For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-017
Event Date: April 26, 2014

For more information go to http://www.wpwa.org/events.php

(posted April 21, 2014, number 377)


Earth Month and River Cleanup Funds Available from The Last Green Valley

Cleanup Funds Available Clean Up! Green Up! For the third year in a row, The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for nonprofit organizations and municipal, regional, state or federal agencies that sponsor a 2014 Earth Month or River Cleanup in the region. * TLGV will reimburse your organization up to $500 for expenses like publicity, cleanup supplies such as trash bags and work gloves, and food for your volunteers. * TLGV will also help publicize your event and work with you to recruit more volunteers. * Last year, 1095 volunteers removed more than 13,000 pounds of trash from our rivers, parks, and roadways! Here’s what you need to do: Submit a letter to TLGV, on your organization’s letterhead, at least four weeks before the proposed event. Be sure to: * Include basic details about your cleanup – what, when, where, and who – plus your contact information, including an email address; * Tell us what you hope to accomplish; * Submit a budget detailing how you will use TLGV funds; * Let us know who will be picking up and disposing of the trash (we can’t cover that cost); * Explain how you will involve youth – the future stewards of The Last Green Valley; * Describe how you will publicize not just the event, but the results; and * For nonprofit organizations, submit a copy of your 501(c) letter from the IRS. TLGV reserves the right to approve or deny funds based upon the likelihood of project success and the availability of funds. We will contact you within two weeks of your submission. If TLGV approves funding, you will need to sign a short agreement and promise to acknowledge TLGV's funding in your publicity materials. To help compile accomplishments, we will also ask you to complete and return the TLGV "Trash Tracker" forms. For more information, contact Lois Bruinooge at (860) 774-3300 or lois@tlgv.org.
Event Date: April 30, 2014

For more information go to http://www.tlgv.org/preserve/cleanup-funds-available.html

(posted March 27, 2014, number 354)


Great Island Old Lyme Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sat May 03 10:00 AM

Great Island Old Lyme Boat Ramp Smith Neck Rd, Old Lyme, CT

Our first paddle of the season, be prepared for possible cold water. Directions: Route 156, South to end of Smith Neck Road and Great Island Wildlife Area.

Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

More Paddling:

East River State boat launch Sun May 04 10:00 AM
East River Madision Boat Launch Neck Road , Guilford, CT
168 Circle Beach Road, Guilford.
Directions: Rte. 1 South on Neck Road approximately 2 Miles, Launch entrance on right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Clinton Landing, Clinton Sat May 10 10:00 AM
Clinton Landing 54 East Main Street, Clinton, CT
Boat launch is behind Town Hall on Rte. 1 plenty of parking
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Milford Sun May 11 10:00 AM
Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Area Court Street, Milford, CT
Directions: From the east: I-95 South to exit 34. Turn Right onto Bridgeport Avenue. Turn Left onto Naugatuck Avenue, turn right onto Milford Point Road, turn right onto...
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Bantam Lake Morris / Litchfield Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake) Boat launch, Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)
Event Date: May 3, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 307)


2014 Naugatuck Valley River Race and Beacon Falls Lions Duck Festival

The Annual Race was started by concerned citizens and community organizations along the Naugatuck Valley in an effort to bring awareness to the Naugy’s continued restoration and return to a recreational river after years of industrial neglect. The Naugatuck River Watershed is a partner in the events and is one of the recipients of the donations we collect to participate in the timed race. The Naugatuck Valley River Race has helped to foster renewed efforts to develop a safe Water Trail along the Naugatuck River. In fact, the Naugatuck River Greenway Committee, in response to the success of the first race, added several boat launches into the proposed Greenway plans in each town along the route and have added additional events like this year’s 2nd Annual Naugatuck River Greenway Paddle Day (May 10th, 2014), a 12-mile non-competitive course from Thomaston to Waterbury. The event brings racers and their families from all around New England to run the Naugy. As much as it is a race event, many will be paddling at their own pace — but, experienced paddlers only, as the Naugy at higher levels can be unforgiving. Hope to see you there, and thank you for making a difference! 6th Annual Naugatuck Valley River Race On Saturday, May 4th, 2013 we held our yearly charity NVRR event — The Naugatuck Valley River Race and Naugatuck River Festival — along with The Beacon Falls Lions’ Charity Duck Race and The Taste of Beacon Falls events. We would just like to thank all of the racers, vendors, Beacon Falls Lions and Lionesses, Naugatuck Valley Outdoors Club & AMC, US States Power Squadron members, race sponsors and our public supporters that helped make last year’s 5th Annual Naugatuck Valley River Race and Beacon Falls Duck Festival a success! A special thanks to: All those worked Water safety; NVOC and AMC members and all the Valley’s First Responders that helped to make it another safe event this year. We are already planning on next year’s event! Thanks again to all! All proceeds above and beyond the event’s operating costs are donated to local organizations that are contributing to the health of Naugatuck River and Valley charities. 2013 Naugatuck River Race Results We would just like to thank all of the racers, vendors, Beacon Falls Lions and Lionesses, Naugatuck Valley Outdoors Club & AMC, US States Power Squadron members, race sponsors and our public supporters that help make the Annual Naugatuck Valley River Race and Beacon Falls Duck Festival a success! A special thanks to: All those work Water safety; NVOC and AMC members and all the Valley’s First Responders that help to make it a safe event every year. Thanks again to all!
Event Date: May 3, 2014

For more information go to http://www.4ctoutdoors.com/naugatuck-river/nvrr/

(posted March 20, 2014, number 336)


SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH

2014 - 23th ANNUAL SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH RESCHEDLULED FROM Sunday, March 30 TENTATIVELY TO MAY 4

Be a Fan, Donate a Can" Help Us Fill Up the Canoe with non-perishable foods for The Enfield Food Shelf!

Registration: 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the Powder Hollow Barn at the Finish by South Maple Street Bridge.

Last pre-start bus to Novice and Race Start Area at 11:05. Don't be left behind - be early, the bus fills up.

Reminder - Everyone needs to go to finish line (Powder Mill Barn) to pick up their numbered Bibs for the race. 32 South Maple Street, Enfield Ct ( Even for all those who pre-registered )

Start Times: Mandatory Race Meeting: 11:15am Novice Start: 11:30 Racing Classes Start: 12:00 Pm

Entry Fee: $20.- per individual, Benefits The Enfield Food Shelf This includes insurance fee. Note: Entry Fee is pending final insurance fee. Point Series: •NECKRA Downriver point series -- (NECKRA.ORG)

Racing Course: 5 Miles with 1 mandatory Portage from Somersville, CT to Powder Hollow Barn in Hazardville. 3 Class II Rapids, including the popular finish area.

Lots of spectators. Race is a part of New England Canoe Association Series (NECRA)

* NEW RULES FOR RACING FOR 2014 * All boaters entering the entire 5 mile race must wear helmets including all kayakers. ( Bicycle, skateboarding, or whitewater helmets are acceptable )

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND FILL OUT REGISTRATION FORMS at http://www.scanticspringsplash.org/

One waiver for each paddler, but only one registration form for each boat.

Any questions email Mike Dynia at mdynia@yahoo.com (860 745 9986) or jeffdynia1@cox.net

Other paddling access places in the area can be found at http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=windsorlocksbroadbrook#map and http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=ellingtonstaffordsprings#map


Event Date: May 4, 2014

For more information go to http://www.scanticspringsplash.org/

(posted March 6, 2014, number 298)


East River State boat launch with the Branford Kayak Group

Sun May 04 10:00 AM
East River Madision Boat Launch Neck Road , Guilford, CT
168 Circle Beach Road, Guilford.
Directions: Rte. 1 South on Neck Road approximately 2 Miles, Launch entrance on right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

More Paddling:

Clinton Landing, Clinton Sat May 10 10:00 AM
Clinton Landing 54 East Main Street, Clinton, CT
Boat launch is behind Town Hall on Rte. 1 plenty of parking
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Milford Sun May 11 10:00 AM
Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Area Court Street, Milford, CT
Directions: From the east: I-95 South to exit 34. Turn Right onto Bridgeport Avenue. Turn Left onto Naugatuck Avenue, turn right onto Milford Point Road, turn right onto...
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Bantam Lake Morris / Litchfield Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake) Boat launch, Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)
Event Date: May 4, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 308)


Help Aquarion find and recognize Connecticut's top environmental volunteers.

Help Aquarion find and recognize Connecticut's top environmental volunteers.

Think of a person, non-profit, or company who has made a real difference to our environment. It could be through a volunteer effort to protect our water sources. Improve air quality. Safeguard farmland. Or improve wildlife habitat. You’ll find all the criteria below.

And don’t be shy about telling us what you’ve achieved. We welcome self-nominations and renominations!

We will announce the winners on June 7, 2014 at a special event to be held at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal will be on hand to honor the winners,

So send in your nomination today. Click here for the Online Award Nomination Form or here to download the Award Nomination Form PDF. You'll find the Nomination Guidelines and Tips here

Awards

•Adult,small and large business, and non-profit: $2500 grant to the environmental non-profit of each winner’s choice
•Student (Grade 9-12): $1000 award

Criteria

Awards will be given to volunteer projects that excel at:
•Significantly contributing to the improvement of environmental quality through the protection, conservation, restoration and/or stewardship of natural resources:
◦Air
◦Water
◦Soils
◦Plant and wildlife communities
•Demonstrating a high achievement level
•Creating sustainable or reproducible results
Any nominated program must have been in place for one at least one year prior to submission, with the exception of a student nomination, which may have been proposed as a school project within the previous 90 days.

Nomination Deadline: All nominations must be received via our website or through the mail by May 7, 2014.

Click here for the Online Award Nomination Form or here to download the Award Nomination Form PDF.


Event Date: May 7, 2014

For more information go to http://www.aquarion.com/CT/2014-award-details

(posted February 24, 2014, number 285)


Clinton Landing Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sat May 10 10:00 AM
Clinton Landing 54 East Main Street, Clinton, CT
Boat launch is behind Town Hall on Rte. 1 plenty of parking
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

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Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Milford Sun May 11 10:00 AM
Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Area Court Street, Milford, CT
Directions: From the east: I-95 South to exit 34. Turn Right onto Bridgeport Avenue. Turn Left onto Naugatuck Avenue, turn right onto Milford Point Road, turn right onto...
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Bantam Lake Morris / Litchfield Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake) Boat launch, Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)
Event Date: May 10, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 309)


Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sun May 11 10:00 AM
Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Area Court Street, Milford, CT
Directions: From the east: I-95 South to exit 34. Turn Right onto Bridgeport Avenue. Turn Left onto Naugatuck Avenue, turn right onto Milford Point Road, turn right onto...
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

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Bantam Lake Morris / Litchfield Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake) Boat launch, Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)
Event Date: May 11, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 310)


Bantam Lake Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake), Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)
Event Date: May 17, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 311)


Willimantic Riverfest 2014

Riverfest 2014 - Save the Date!

Please join us on Saturday, May 17, 2014 for Willimantic Whitewater Partnership's Riverfest event. We are planning a float from Eagleville Dam down to Bridge Street in Willimantic. There will also be music and food and....

More details to come about additional festivities planned and how to sign up for the float. Please like and share this post on your timeline so that you will be kept up to date with all the latest details.

Please come, and bring the whole family!

Hope to see you there!!
Event Date: May 17, 2014

For more information go to http://www.willimanticwhitewater.org/content/more-riverfest-information

(posted March 30, 2014, number 369)


Connecticut River Paddle from Riverside Park Hartford with the Branford Kayak Group

Sunday, May 18, 2014 10:00 AM

Hartford, Connecticut River, Riverside Park Riverside Park, Hartford, CT

I-91 Exit 33, East on Jennings Road. Take first right then next left to Riverside Park and launch area
Event Date: May 18, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/171951142/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted March 18, 2014, number 315)


Four Mile River Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:00 AM

Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT

Launch is located on the West side of Four Mile River. Route 156, turn east on Oak Ridge Drive, First right to launch area.
Event Date: May 24, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 312)


Membunketsuck River Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sunday, May 25, 2014 10:00 AM

Membunketsuck river launch off I95, Clinton, CT

I-95 to Horse Hill Road exit in Clinton, off south bound ramp turn left, off North bound ramp turn right. Proceed a short way to the stop sign, bear right and proceed a short way. The launch is on the left by the side of the bridge. Parking for 4 or 5 cars.
Event Date: May 25, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/171962482/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=171962482&_af=event

(posted March 18, 2014, number 314)


Lake Waramaug Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:00 AM

Lake Waramaug State Park, 30 Lake Waramaug Road, Kent, CT, Kent, CT

The launch is located in the state park.
Event Date: May 31, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/171963392/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted March 18, 2014, number 313)


paddle off to the birds of prey

Sunday, June 1, 2014 8:45 AM Green Chimney School Doansburg Rd., Brewster, NY

First we paddle THE PLACE GETS CROWDED. The birds of prey starts at 11am but we need to be in the parking lot well before the visitors get there. so we need to be parked by 8:45am.

a paddle to start the day then---if you want go over to the birds

22nd Annual Birds of Prey Day

Sunday, June 2 • 10 am - 4:30 pm

An annual celebration dedicated to children, the environment

Over 100 birds

Free-flying demos

Top wildlife experts

Live animal presentations

Celebrity guests include: Jim Fowler, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, Environmental Lawyer & Ecologist. Brian Bradley, Sky Hunters in Flight. Wes Laraway, New York Wildlife Rescue Center. Bruce Lowder, Animal Encounters.

$15 Adults $5 Seniors
Event Date: June 1, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/StamfordKayakGroup/events/176698062/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=176698062&_af=event

(posted April 13, 2014, number 375)


Paddle for a Cure on the Quinebaug

Sunday, June 8, 2014 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Riverside Park Greenway Drive , Brooklyn, CT

http://www.facebook.com/paddleforacure

Paddle for a Cure is like a walk-a-thon(relay for life) BUT WE WILL BE PADDLING not walking. 100% of the Money we raise goes to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT for the Oncology Department. "Money Raised in this Area to Help People in this Area".

Paddle will take place on the Quinebaug River at the Riverside Park in Brooklyn, CT (Greenway Drive off Day Street)

The paddle will be an easy one. It is easy going. This paddle will be good for beginners and up. We will go up river and then back down.

Rivers Alliance of CT Water Trails Map: http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=hamptondanielson


Event Date: June 8, 2014

For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/paddleforacure

(posted November 11, 2013, number 269)


Paddle Trip on Chase Reservoir Killingly, CT

Paddle Killingly is a group of random individuals who get together once a week and paddle in the waters of North East Connecticut.

We are very excited to offer a series of paddles during the late spring and summer evenings. Our nights flip-flop Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

These paddles are for anyone who is interested in learning a bit about North East Connecticut, water access in the North East, and what the North East has to offer paddlers of all ages and skill levels. The majority of these paddles are on lakes, ponds, or very slow moving waters.

Website : http://paddlekillingly.webs.com/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut Water Trails Map: http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=eastkillinglyclayville


Event Date: July 14, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/156264902/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=156264902&_af=event

(posted December 24, 2013, number 274)


Paddle on Pachaug Pond

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:30 PM Pachaug Pond Boat Launch 945 Voluntown Road Griswold, CT

Rivers Alliance of CT Water Trails map: http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=norwichjewettcity


Event Date: August 12, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/157267062/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=157267062&_af=event

(posted December 27, 2013, number 275)


Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC)

Founded in 2001, the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) is an eclectic group of active paddlers who enjoy exploring the various waterways of the Housatonic Valley and other areas of upper Fairfield County and Litchfield County.

Our goal is to bring together fellow paddlers of all skill levels and paddle in an environmentally friendly manner while enjoying the camaraderie of those with similar interest. We schedule various types of activities throughout the year: paddling, camping and picnicking in the warm seasons; hiking, bowling, and dining when it's too cold to paddle.

Most of HVPC's paddle outings tend to be comfortably-paced, moderate-distance excursions on flat water; and are a good venue for newer paddlers, or those who just enjoy quiet, low-key paddles with lots of socializing.

You will find us to be a very friendly club and we welcome paddlers of all levels and interests. If you don’t yet have a boat, we can guide you as to what to buy or rent, along with the required necessities, such as whistles and PFDs. An annual skills workshop is held every year on Mt. Tom Pond and has proven helpful for novices as well as more experienced paddlers.

Some of our favorite venues include Candlewood Lake (pre-Memorial Day and post-Labor Day), Lake Waramaug, the Lake Lillinonah and Lover's Leap sections of the Housatonic, Lake McDonough and Mt. Tom Pond. Bantam Lake, Bantam River, the Twin Lakes, and New York State's Great Swamp are also visited on a regular basis.

While we are an easy-going group, we take safety seriously. PFDs and whistles must be worn when paddling with the club. A signed release of liability is also mandatory. Note that the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club, its organizers, and its members assume no legal and or civil responsibility for or to any individual or event. Your personal safety is your responsibility alone.

NOTE: HVPC is currently transitioning from our old site to the Meet Up site and we are currently getting our existing members up to speed with the features of this new site. It may take some time (possibly several weeks) for new members to receive their notice of admission. Thank you for your patience! Note also, for the safety of our members, we do require that you have a recognizable profile picture.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:00 AM Impromptu Paddle 6 Social Paddlers attending
Event Date: December 31, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/?gj=ej1b&a=wg2_rdmr

(posted March 20, 2014, number 335)