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.

American Rivers just listed the Farmington River as one of the
Most Endangered Rivers of 2024.
Learn more about the issues at Rainbow Dam here!

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 how we sample E. Coli to observe water quality in the watershed.


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 how we sample Macroinvertebrate to observe water quality in the watershed.


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

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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 studies and restoration while engaging 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 accessible resources. From school programs to publications, the FRWA is committed to providing the tools to educating the community about protecting and improving our river.

Publications & Resources

News & events


FRWA Summer 2024 Newsletter

The Summer 2024 newsletter is here!


Farmington River is #6 on the Most Endangered Rivers List

American Rivers Most Endangered Rivers List includes the Farmington River, learn why and how you can help!

7/17/24, 7/31/24, 8/14/24

Volunteers Needed for Invasive Water Chestnut Removals

Help us pull invasive water chestnut on Barber Pond in this summer! Park at 107 Old Windsor Road, Bloomfield,CT. Pond access is across the street. Boats and PFDs will be provided; dress to get muddy!


Live Stream Table Demonstration

Join FRWA at the Burlington Public Library- learn how flowing water creates rivers, how stormwater pollution enters and contaminates waterways, and how you can help improve water quality!

Want to protect our river?
Get involved today!

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