The Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions (CACIWC) will host its 2020 annual meeting and environmental conference as a virtual event on Saturday, December 5 (8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.). The conference, with the theme "Putting Science to Work for Society: Helping to Protect Connecticut’s Environment During the Pandemic," will feature a keynote address by Jason C. White, PhD, Director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (pictured here), followed by workshop sessions on invasive plants, wetlands law in Connecticut, best approaches to wetlands regulation during the pandemic, and understanding the State water plan.
Registration is $30 for CACIWC members and $60 for non-members.
New England communities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to flooding, storm surge, drought, and extreme heat. The Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Grant Program has awarded Planning and Action Grants to 287 Massachusetts communities to support development of vulnerability assessments, action-oriented resiliency plans, and priority projects to help mitigate impacts of extreme weather events. Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions are a key, and sometimes overlooked, element of comprehensive community resilience planning. Municipalities may lack resources, knowledge, or connections to green infrastructure designers and experts in the field who can help identify nature-based solutions to coastal flooding and extreme weather events.
This webinar will showcase how nature-based solutions can fit into the resiliency-building efforts of municipalities involved in the MVP program. Speakers will discuss strategies and best practices for planning, implementation and maintenance of nature-based solutions for the benefit of grant recipients, potential applicants, and communities across New England. The webinar will also feature a case study on Northampton, MA, an MVP community that successfully included nature-based solutions in their MVP resiliency program through restoration of the former Pine Grove Golf Course on Nashawannuck Brook.
Presenters: • Hillary King, Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program • Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Director of Planning and Sustainability, Town of Northampton, MA • Trevor Smith, Land Escapes Design and Ecological Landscaping Association ... See MoreSee Less
In the Naugatuck, Housatonic and Shetucket Rivers, from September 1 through December 15, angling for Atlantic salmon is restricted to catch-and-release only. From December 16, 2020, through March 31, 2021, the daily creel limit for Atlantic salmon will be one. During the open season in the rivers, the legal method for taking Atlantic salmon is limited to angling using a single fly, or an artificial lure with a single free swinging hook and no additional weight can be added to the line above the fly or lure. Also, from September 1st through March 31st, fishing for other species in the designated Atlantic Salmon “Broodstock Areas” is restricted to the gear legal for Atlantic salmon.
On the Shetucket River, anglers can fish for salmon downstream from the Scotland Dam (Windham) to the Water Street Bridge in Norwich (the first bridge upstream of Norwich Harbor). The salmon are stocked into one designated Atlantic Salmon “Broodstock Area”, from the Scotland Dam to the Occum Dam.
Anglers are allowed to fish for salmon in the Naugatuck River from the confluence of the East and West Branches (Torrington) downstream to the Housatonic River (Derby). Anglers may also fish for Atlantic salmon in the Housatonic River downstream of Derby Dam. The salmon are typically stocked into two designated Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Areas on the Naugatuck River, the “Campville Section” of the upper Naugatuck River from Route 118 downstream to the Thomaston Flood Control Dam (Litchfield-Thomaston) and the “Beacon Falls Section” of the lower Naugatuck, from Prospect Street (Naugatuck) downstream to Pines Bridge Road (Route 42 bridge, Beacon Falls). From September 1st through March 31st, fishing for other species in these designated Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Areas is restricted to the gear legal for Atlantic salmon.
The regulations for Atlantic salmon released into lakes and ponds are different from the regulations for salmon on the Naugatuck and Shetucket Rivers. In each lake, the regulations for methods, seasons and minimum lengths for salmon will be the same as for trout in that specific water body but the daily creel limit will be one salmon per day. (Please refer to the 2020 CT Angler’s Guide for trout regulations) ... See MoreSee Less