Hands-On Stewardship Opportunities
If you want to help the river, it’s important to know where, and what, its problems are. FRWA gathers information that can lead to action. We also engage in hands-on stewardship such as fish habitat restoration, reduction of stormwater runoff, and re-vegetating streambanks with native plants.
Habitat Study & Restoration
The Farmington River system is a world of fishes, invertebrates, and plants— living in stream corridors that run right through our world of roads, dams, culverts, downtowns, industrial areas, and neighborhoods.
To keep this river community thriving, we need to understand and document the effects of our world on theirs, and take constant action to preserve or restore good stream habitat.
Culverts & Dams
Many stewardship efforts from the FRWA include restoring, improving or removing structures that help with streamflow of the river like culverts or dams. Learn more about ongoing and former culvert and dam projects.
Rain Gardens & Buffers
The FRWA works to install habitats like rain gardens or buffer plantings to help reduce stormwater pollution and serve as a protective barrier between water and human development. Learn more about ongoing and former projects.
FRWA received a major gift from the Estate of Lily Frey of beautiful riverside land in New Hartford and a $150,000 endowment to help fund its conservation. Much of the 13 acres of land along the river consists of meadow habitat which have become increasingly rare in Connecticut.
This is an important habitat for wildlife where birds, pollinators, bears, deer, foxes, otters, and more have been sighted at our new property. With this, FRWA has established a land stewardship committee to determine the best care for the property in regards to wildlife, native plants, and the health of the river.