RECENT EVENTS

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May’s Start Your Day With SBA
Wednesday May 15, 7:30 - 9:00 AM
Community House Park, Southbury

 

Join PRWC and Southbury Business Association (SBA) members, and consider bringing a friend or colleague, to an open house style networking event, “Start Your Day with the SBA”. All are welcome.

At the center of the event will be a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate the rain garden PRWC’s Youth Conservation Corps team planted at Community House Park last summer.  Attendees will learn more about the benefits of rain gardens and other low impact development practices that can be implemented in our community to help reduce stormwater runoff and help keep your rivers clean.  The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 8:15 am. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by May 10 to outreach@pomperaug.org

Pomperaug River at Three Rivers Park in
Trail's Day Guided Walk
Saturday, June 1, 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Three Rivers Park River Trail, Woodbury

 

A walk along the river trail at Three Rivers Park with PRWC's executive director. Mr. Bjerklie has a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences and MS degrees in both Civil Engineering and Hydrology. He recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Resources Division in East Hartford, CT having served there for 18 years as a Hydrologist. Mr. Bjerklie is the author of numerous water resource related publications including his extensive research within the Pomperaug River Basin. As he walk and talks, Dave will share a review of erosion processes, river morphology (sounds cool, right?), and ground-water and surface-water processes in the watershed. You're sure to learn something new as you enjoy all the river trail has to offer including fish jumping, birds singing, and your fellow trails day enthusiasts. Please dress for outside, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and be prepared for nuisance bugs.

PRWC Rain Barrel Workshops
Saturday May 4
Woodbury Earth Day

 

Create your very own rain barrel (one per household). All materials are provided and PRWC volunteers will help guide you through the process. The take home product will be one 55-gallon rain barrel that will capture your roof's rain water. Participants MUST be prepared to bring their rain barrel home with them from Hollow Park on Earth Day. Slots are limited. Pre-registration and payment is required.

Woodbury Fall Fest 2016
Woodbury Earth Day 2019
Saturday May 4, 11 AM - 4 PM
Hollow Park, Woodbury

 

​The 25th annual Woodbury Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday, May 4, at Hollow Park in beautiful Woodbury. As the largest Earth Day celebration in Connecticut, you won’t want to miss this FREE fun celebration with earth-friendly activities for the entire family!

Experience live music and activities. Enjoy delicious natural and organic foods and beverages. Meet Connecticut companies who are making a difference. Learn more about how to live earth-friendly.

Woodbury Spring Clean Up Day
Saturday, April 6
8:00 am to 12:00 pm (Rain or Shine)

 

Meet and sign up at Hollow Park Pavilion
Road assignments, gloves and refuse bags will be available.
Traffic safety vests can be borrowed.
   
Everyone is welcome to participate in this biannual event!
Your help is needed and appreciated. Help us keep our rivers healthy and Woodbury beautiful!

All volunteers are invited back to Hollow Park for chili and hot dogs between 10:30am and 12:00pm.

The Incredible Journey:
Adventures of a Water Drop

April 10, 3 PM at New Morning Market

Join Carol Haskins from Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition for an interactive story hour that invites kids to transform themselves into water droplets and explore the different routes water may travel through the water cycle.  Featuring beautifully illustrated books by Thomas Locker, the group use a beach ball to estimate how much water covers our planet before tracing water to Where the River Begins. Participants will then go on an "Incredible Journey" in an oversized board game to demonstrate the amazing adventure water droplets make as they circulate around the globe.  At each stop on their journey, kids will collect a bead to string into a bracelet to take home. After the game, we will discuss the different journeys and reflect on how precious our water resources are. The program will close with a reading of Water Dance and creating the sounds of a rainstorm.

Private Drinking Water Wells 101
April 10, 6:30 PM at New Morning Market

 

Where does my water come from? How does my well work? What should I test and treat for to protect my family's health?  Find answers to these questions and dive deeper into understanding the operation and maintenance of your private well system during this presentation from the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition.  The evening's presentation will also offer a variety of take-home resources.  Not able to attend?  Learn more at www.pomperaug.org/privatewells.

Drinking Water and Private Well Forum
October 23, 2018, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
A Southbury Community Trust Fund Forum
In Partnership with Connecticut Community Foundation

Southbury Town Hall,Main Street South, Southbury, CT

 

There is a public health risk associated with drinking water from private wells that are not regularly maintained and tested for water quality safety. Private well users often do not understand potential risks of private well water supply. This public forum and resources will provide a user-friendly approach to well sampling, analysis and treatment. The program will assist private well owners in understanding the importance of testing their drinking water, how frequently to test their private well water, what to test for, and how to test. PRWC will also provide information on water conservation and groundwater protection, best practices and local resources.

Macroinvertebrate Survey
October 13, 2018
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

This fall, the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition is celebrating the 13th anniversary of its annual Macroinvertebrate Survey and is looking for volunteers to help survey tiny, river-dwelling creatures as a measure of stream health.

 

Survey volunteers begin by learning about macroinvertebrates, why they are collected, and how to collect them following procedures established by CT DEEP for the statewide Rapid Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) program.  Then they will actually go out to survey small streams and brooks throughout the Pomperaug Watershed and identify what was collected.

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Rain Garden Planting
July 31 - August 3, 10 am to 2 pm
Community House Park, Southbury

 

The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition and Youth Conservation Corps will be installing a rain garden at Community House Park in Southbury. Rain gardens have numerous benefits, in addition to their aesthetic beauty, rain gardens provide areas with flood mitigation and prevent pollution from reaching reaching waterbodies. Volunteers are encouraged and appreciated.

River Ramblers
Sunday Afternoon Hikes with PRWC
August 19, September 30 & October 21

 

Flowing through the heart of our community, the Pomperaug River provides us with miles of scenic beauty and our most vital resource: Water.  Each hike in the “River Ramblers” series invites people to explore a variety of public lands along the river to observe habitat and wildlife and to see different river processes in action. During these outings, we will also take a look at the cultural and geological history unique to each site, the dynamic nature of the Pomperaug River, and steps we can take to be good river stewards.  Programs are rain or shine (thunderstorms will cancel).  Dress for outside, bring water and snacks.

August 19, Southford Falls Oxford CT 3pm - 5pm

September 30, Platt Farm Preserve Southbury CT 1:30pm - 3pm

October 21, TBD

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A Look at Water Quality in the Pomperaug Watershed
August 22 at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Center

 

PRWC invites residents and other interested individuals of Bethlehem, Woodbury, Southbury, Washington, Roxbury, Watertown, Morris, and Middlebury to learn about the Watershed Based Plan and water quality conditions of local rivers and streams flowing through the Pomperaug Watershed. The focus of our Watershed Based Plan is to reduce the amount of bacteria entering local streams listed as impaired by CT DEEP and EPA.

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CT Trails Day Weekend Guided Nature Walk with PRWC at Janie Pierce Park
Transylvania Pond Loop Trail
Saturday, June 2, 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Kicking off this year's River Ramblers series with PRWC is a flat walk around Transylvania Pond, which straddles the Southbury/Woodbury town line. Transylvania Pond is the headwater of Hesseky Brook, which flows north into a lush wetland that hosts numerous bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian species. Participants will learn about the history of the park, local flora and fauna, current issues surrounding the pond, and what steps we can all take to be good river stewards. Please dress for outside, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snacks, and be prepared for nuisance bugs.For a listing of 2018 Connecticut Trails Day Events click here.

Woodbury Fall Fest 2016
The Incredible Journey: Adventures of a Water Drop
February 24 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minor Memorial Library, Roxbury, CT

 

​Kids, join Carol Haskins of the Pomperaug Watershed Coalition for this very special storytime about the water cycle. Stories, activities, and interaction!

Our Water in our Community is a partnership of the Roxbury Public Library, Roxbury Conservation Commission, and the Roxbury Land Trust and is sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Woodbury Fall Fest 2016
Healthy Lawn and a Healthy Aquifer
March 11 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Minor Memorial Library, Roxbury, CT

 

​Carol Haskins of the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition shares her expertise on how you can maintain a beautiful lawn and help support a healthy aquifer.

Our Water in our Community is a partnership of the Roxbury Public Library, Roxbury Conservation Commission, and the Roxbury Land Trust and is sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Southbury Volunteer Fair 2016
Volunteers Needed
For Cedarland Park Cleanup!

Help the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition remove invasive plants and beautify the park.  The focus for the 2016 season is to remove invasive plants in and along Spring Brook, which flows through the park into the Pomperaug allowing room for the native plants to flourish.

Everyone is welcome!  More information about the project and the help needed is available here. Cedarland Park located on River Trail, Southbury, CT

Climate Change Here and Now
Friday, September 23, 2016, 9 AM - 3 PM
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road (Rt. 202), Litchfield, CT

In Your Town, on Your Road, on Your Farm, In Your Favorite Stream
What Can We Do Now To Protect Our Communities for Tomorrow?

This FREE event, funded by the Connecticut Community Foundation, will bring together community leaders to learn about and discuss particular problems arising locally from climate change and how to address them. It will focus on increased stormwater, farm droughts, and loss of freshwater streams.


Hosted by: Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, Housatonic Valley Association, and Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition

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River Ramblers
Sunday Afternoon Hikes with PRWC
Sunday July 23 at 3:00 PM, Transylvania Pond
Sunday August 6 at 3:00 PM, Orenaug Tower Hike

 

Flowing through the heart of our community, the Pomperaug River provides us with miles of scenic beauty and our most vital resource: Water.  Each hike in the “River Ramblers” series invites people to explore a variety of public lands along the river to observe habitat and wildlife and to see different river processes in action. During these outings, we will also take a look at the cultural and geological history unique to each site, the dynamic nature of the Pomperaug River, and steps we can take to be good river stewards.  Programs are rain or shine (thunderstorms will cancel).  Dress for outside, bring water and snacks.