To restore the Quinnipiac River and its watershed for the health and enjoyment of the citizens and communities along its reach, and to educate students, families, individuals, businesses and governments to be informed stewards of the river.
Over our 35-year history, the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) has successfully educated and worked with thousands of residents and businesses throughout the Quinnipiac River Basin. QRWA utilizes a broad array of strategies to fulfill our mission to conserve the Quinnipiac and its watershed. We run programs, events and actions in education & outreach, advocacy, science & monitoring, conservation & restoration, and recreation & public access.
QRWA's volunteer corps is our muscle. We connect scientists with lay-people, coordinating the training of volunteers to collect scientific data on water quality, conduct population surveys and monitor the physical characteristics of rivers. We enhance the public's river experience by providing seasonal guided trips, and participate in other organizations water-based events by providing paddling instructors, giving the public an opportunity to access the river and view its wildlife from a different perspective. We also offer free paddling during municipal family day and water trail day events.
We have established annual get-on-the-river events: the Quinnipiac Downriver Classic canoe and kayak race; the Source-to-Sound Cleanup; River Bioassessment by Volunteer Program; Fish Stocking of both the upper and lower river, and regular guided hikes and canoe trips. We offer a semiannual, two day basic canoe and water safety program to Quinnipiac University Students and have formed a Paddle Committee to support recreational paddling throughout the watershed. In our long standing partnership with 3M and Meriden Public Schools we now provide environmental educational programs to K-12 grades where students in the watershed and beyond are able to participate in annual field trips, classroom activities, hands-on projects, and independent studies, that will connect them to the environment, the community and river.
With the completion of our restoration project of the historic Dossin Beach Bathhouse now serving as our headquarters and a Regional Environmental Education Center, every child in the watershed-and beyond-has an opportunity to experience the river, outdoor recreation and wildlife. The center is a staging area for our efforts to get kids and their families outside through exploration, boating, wildlife observation, healthful exercise, and fishing. The center and the grounds of the QRWA have become a platform for a monthly environmental speaker series and our butterfly and bee habitat is now a qualified Monarch Butterfly Waystation.
In December of 2013 we finalized updating the 2004 Quinnipiac Watershed Action Plan into a CTDEEP and EPA-approved Quinnipiac Watershed Base Plan to implement proposed projects to reduce non-point source pollutant loads in the watershed and improve water quality in the Quinnipiac River.
Obtain a watershed coordinator and grant writer to secure funds for the implementation of projects focusing on non point source pollution and to improve water quality.
Increase number of board members to represent other towns in the watershed.
Create a reserve fund to be financial secure in the future
Provide environmental, educational, and recreational programs to the public.
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We do not currently have an audit of our finances, but we are working with a CPA to become audit ready and are in the process of converting to Quick Books before year end as a tool for implementing all our accounting records going forward.
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