Water Related Events and Meetings Across Connecticut

Rivers Alliance of CT recently re-built our water-related events listings after a transition to a new website hosting provider. The new listings of events includes everything we listed on the old websites, but in what we hope is more useful format.  Here are our lists of events:

State Water Planning Meetings and Comment Opportunties

Get Wet Connecticut! (working title)

Paddle Events Across Connecticut

World Water Day 2019 L.O.B. Hartford @ Legislative Office Building (LOB) 2nd Floor Atrium
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

March 22 is World Water Day and this year the United Nation’s theme is “Leaving no one behind.” Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right.

Connecticut water advocates are cordially inviting you to join us in celebrating
World Water Day with bipartisan support from fellow legislative water champions.

Hear from the the Water Planning Council and water advocates from CFE/Save the Sound, The Nature Conservancy, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Rivers Alliance of CT, Connecticut River Conservancy, Clean Water Action, Connecticut Land Conservation Council, and Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.

You’ll get updates about the State Water Plan, effects of climate change, drinking water quality, recreational waters, health and toxins, and watershed land protection—and what the legislature can do this year to protect our shared water resources.

Where: second floor atrium at the Legislative Office Building

When: Friday, March 22, 9 – 10:15 a.m. [coffee and pastries will be available at 9 a.m., program starts promptly at 9:15]

And if you’re at the Capitol on March 21 or 22, stop at our tables in the Concourse to learn more and connect with organizations on the front lines!

Click for a Connecticut water fact sheet.
Click for a Connecticut water fact sheet.


2019 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference @ Wesleyan University
Mar 23 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

2019 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

35th Annual
Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:30am – 5:00pm (followed by post-event reception)
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Registration is now open!

Registration brochure available here >>
Workshop descriptions available here >>
Workshop Schedule available here >>
Conference Handouts available here >>

Preparations are underway for CLCC’s 2019 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference – a full day of educational workshops and peer-to-peer networking for those interested in land conservation, followed by an informal reception with friends and colleagues from across the state.


  7:30 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – Plenary Session:
Welcome Address

                   Awards Ceremony
                   Plenary Conversation
10:00 am – Break
10:30 am – Workshop Session A (90-minutes)
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:15 pm – Workshop Session B (75-minutes)
2:30 pm – Break
2:45 pm – Workshop Session C (75-minutes)
4:00 pm – Break
4:15 pm – Workshop Session D (45-minutes)
  5:00 pm – Reception

A special note from Rivers Alliance: don’t miss these presentations by Catherine Rawson:

Workshop Session A.2 Drafting Conservation Easements
2019 Revised Model & Hot Topics (Intermediate – Advanced)

Workshop Session B.11 Intro to Durable Collaborations & Mergers (101 Series)
(All Levels)

Workshop Session C.2 Doing Deals – Advanced Topics
(Intermediate – Advanced)

CFPA Trails Day Event Registration Open
Apr 1 all-day
CFPA Trails Day Event Registration Open

Registration for Trails Day (June 1 or 2, 2019) Events Is Now Open!

Lead a Trails Day event this year. It’s a great feeling to take neighbors and friends on your favorite hike, PADDLE or bike ride. We’ll post your event with a description on CFPA’s interactive site and help you with promotional ideas. For registration guidelines, click HERE.

There were 11 paddle events in 2018.


  • Booklet Event Summary – Limited to 200 characters. Just the facts! Text will appear in CFPA’s Trails Day booklet only. Must have been submitted before 3/15/18.
  • Full Event Description – Unlimited text but be concise. Content will appear in CFPA’s Trails Day online posting only. Must be submitted before 5/15/18.

To register an event, click HERE.

Easy 2019 Leader Registration
Were you a 2018 leader? Don’t miss an email that was sent on January 1st from info@ CFPA. It will allow you to reactivate your 2018 leader account.

2018 Photo Gallery

Click HERE to see our gallery of photos from Trails Day 2018. See how many ways there are to lead an event! Join in the fun this June.

2019 CT Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference @ Three Rivers Community College
Apr 5 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Save the date!

2019 CT Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference


Meghan Lally

Monitoring Group
Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Office: 860.424.3061 |Lab: 860.424.3028

2019 Water Quality Standards (WQS) Comments Due
Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

2019 Water Quality Standards (WQS) Review

Please submit your comments in writing to DEEP.WQS@ct.gov on or before April 5, 2019.

Link to CT DEEP's webpage
Link to CT DEEP’s webpage

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (Department) is initiating a review of Connecticut Water Quality Standards (“WQS”). This review is being conducted to evaluate the need to update or revise the WQS in order to remain consistent with state and federal law and to ensure that Connecticut’s WQS continue to reflect the best available science and support sound water quality management policies to improve and protect the water resources of the state.

Your Input is Requested!
The Department is requesting input from all interested parties on any aspect of the WQS that the public believes the Department should consider for potential revision. The comment should include the topic of concern, whether it is currently covered by the WQS, and if so where, any suggested revision and the basis for the suggested revision. Any technical information or reports supporting the comment should be included.

The Department is particularly interested in comments on the portions of the WQS which the Department is evaluating for revision. These topics include:

• Updates to Numeric Water Quality Criteria:
• Revision to the Low Flow Statistic Applicable to Fresh Waters
• Extended Disinfection Periods for Sanitary Discharges
• Definition Highest Attainable Use in Surface Waters
• Protection of Downstream Waters
• Water Quality Classification Map Changes

Learn More at the CT WQS Webpage

Deadline to Comment: April 5th
Comments on the WQS will be accepted from
March 4, 2019 through April 5, 2019.

Comments should be provided via email to


After reviewing any comments received during this Triennial Review, the Department will develop recommended updates to the WQS and initiate a formal regulatory revision process.

April 14 Bluegrass Sunday at Woodbury Brewing Company to Benefit Rivers Alliance @ pin Woodbury Brewing Company
Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Sweetcake Mountain is back hosting Bluegrass Sundays at Woodbury Brewing Company. Each of our 2019 events will be co-hosted by a local environmental group. At our April 2019 event, we welcome Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. Come listen to some great, live, acoustic bluegrass and meet and socialize with members of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut between sets. The band will donate $100 to Rivers Alliance of Connecticut to support their vital work. No cover. Enjoy food, drink and fellowship in the best hometown venue in Connecticut.”

Thames River Basin Partnership Spring Meeting
Apr 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

TRBP meeting

April 16, 2019, 9:30am – 11:00am

To be determined

Save the date for the spring Thames River Basin Partnership meeting. Special presentation and meeting location to be determined in the near future.

Website: http://thamesriverbasinpartnership.org/events/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thames-River-Basin-Partnership-766778116778125/

Pomfret Center , CT 06259United States
860-928-4948 ext: 605

FB message: m.me/766778116778125

bioFASHIONtech Summit @ Avon Theatre Film Center
Jun 24 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Come to the inaugural bioFASHIONtech Summit at the Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT, on Monday, June 24.

The Summit convenes industry makers and thought leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs, investors and retailers in an exchange of ideas, insights, and projections on the fast emerging sector of ecological fashion.

We are honored to have CT Representative Anne Hughes (District 135) and CT Senator Will Haskell (District 26) open the day.  Both legislators swept into office on a midterm tide of activism and accountability.

bioFASHIONtech is the inaugural annual summit for ecological fashion natives — the new generation of designers making planetary well-being not just a goal of our design (i.e., “do less harm”) but the defining impulse of our creative work and framework for its production.

The summit brings together makers and thought leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs, investors and retailers working at the forefront of emerging technologies for experimental textiles, new systems of community-based manufacturing, and business model innovation.

Within one year, Gen Z will outstrip millennials as the most populous generation, comprising 32% of the population. Combined, we are market force. Our values count.

Millennials and Gen Z are rightfully branded as mission-driven and impact-oriented. “Good fashion” is not good enough for an industry declared by the 2018 UN Economic Commission for Europe as an environmental emergency.

Our quest for products and processes that heal and restore ecological balance goes beyond mere sustainability. We are inspired, and compelled, by the pragmatic recognition that our lives depend on it.

Participants (in formation):

Angela Kaczmarczyk Abitua, PhD, Co-Founder, Boston Open Science Lab, Somerville, MA

Anne Biklé, biologist, co-author, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

Michael Flanagan, PhD, Executive Director, Genspace, Brooklyn, NY

CT Senator Will Haskell (Distr. 26)

CT Representative Anne Hughes (Distr. 135)

Melissa Marra-Alvarez, curator of education and research at The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC

David R. Montgomery, PhD, geomorphologist, author, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Jacob Olmedo, ecological fashion designer; Parsons, BFA ’17; MFA ’20

Gal Yakobovitch, fashion biomaker; Parsons BFA ‘18

Catering by Purslane, Brooklyn, NY

Your ticket gains you entry to the event, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, all day coffee + tea, and hors d’oeuvres + open bar (21+) during the networking hour.

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