FRWA was one of the first conservation organizations in Connecticut to
utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to represent natural resource
information in map form. GIS is a key element of our efforts with towns to
achieve better conservation planning through envisioning resources to
protect, and is helpful in providing you with useful maps like those below created by FRWA’s GIS Manager, Jeff Bolton.
Map #1: Farmington River Watershed Map. There
are 33 towns in the Farmington River Watershed covering 609 square miles of
land. See where your town is located on the Farmington River Watershed map.
Map #2: Fishing Pools Map of the West Branch of the Farmington River. This map shows the locations and names of pools frequented by trout and
anglers in hot pursuit. This is the most fished section of the most fished
River in Connecticut.
Map #3: Farmington River Watershed Drainage Basins. The
Farmington River Watershed is itself a combination of several drainage
basins. Find out how these drainage basins fit together within the
Map #4: Farmington River Watershed Dams: Although data was not
available on Massachusetts dams when we made this map, it is interesting to
see how many smaller dams exist in the watershed. Think of this map as a
journey into the River’s past when mills were a big part of local economies.
Map #5: Upper Farmington River Potential Vernal Pools:
Vernal pools are wetlands that are not wet year round
and provide breeding habitats for critters like wood frogs, mole
salamanders, and fairy shrimp. This is a GIS map of the potential vernal
pools identified in a 5-town area of the Upper Farmington River Watershed as
interpreted from aerial photos by a wetland scientist. This is not meant to
represent actual vernal pools which must be identified on-the-ground and
Map #6: Watershed Locator Map: Now that you know more about what
is inside the Farmington River Watershed, you might be interested in how
large the watershed appears superimposed on the states of Connecticut and