Farmington River Watershed Association

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Farmington River Watershed Association

With the help of members, volunteers and the community, the FRWA leads in the protection and restoration of the Farmington River.

FRWA addresses issues that affect the river and its surrounding landscape through research, education and advocacy programs.

Research & Water Quality Monitoring

It is vital for the Farmington River to provide clean, safe water for drinking, recreation, and wildlife. The FRWA staff and volunteers are able to work with residents, towns and the state to maintain and improve the water quality in our watershed.


Learn more about the E. Coli sampling we take to observe water quality in the watershed.

Salt Watch

Learn more about monitoring road salt pollution in the watershed and how you can help.


Learn more about how and why FRWA monitors water temperature throughout the watershed.

Aquatic Insects

Learn more about the Macroinvertebrate sampling we take to observe water quality.


Learn more about cyanobacteria and the FRWA studies of cyanobacteria blooms in Rainbow Reservoir

Riverbank flowing into mossy rocks

Stewardship: Habitat Study & Restoration

In order to help protect the river and address its ongoing issues, it’s vital to know what and where the problems are. The FRWA provides a range of information on habitat study and restoration and engages in hands-on stewardship programs.

Overhead view of a river
People walking through Farmington River

Education & Programs

One of the best ways to protect the Farmington River is through education and resources. From school programs to publications, the FRWA is committed to providing the tools to education the community about protecting and improving our river.

News & events


Calling all Farmington River Photographers

We’re looking for photos that show what our Wild & Scenic Farmington River means to you. Thirteen images will be selected for a 2024 calendar with proceeds to support the FRWA.

6/8 & 6/15

Volunteers Needed for Invasive Water Chestnut Pulls

Help FRWA to mitigate the water chestnut infestation on Barber's Pond in Bloomfield, CT. Volunteers will paddle onto the pond and pull plants from the water, so expect to get wet!


Colebrook Reservoir and MDC News

Facts on the Colebrook and Goodwin Dams on the West Branch Farmington River, and the parties that operate the dams (U.S. Army Corps. and the MDC).

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