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TRBP is pleased to partner with the The Last Green Valley, Inc (aka the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc) who sponsors a part time water quality monitoring coordinator.  In cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret Citizen Science Program, TLGV Water Quality Monitoring Program organizes volunteers to participate in visual assessments of wadable streams in targeted watersheds in the Thames basin using a protocol developed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  For more information, contact Jean Pillo.

2008 Streamwalk Program

A Streamwalk program was initiated for Eagleville Brook in Storrs and Mansfield.  This stream is listed as not meeting water quality standards for aquatic habitat.  Volunteer training took place on June 21, 2008.

2007 Streamwalk Program

The tributary streams in the Poquetanuck Cove watershed were assessed, along with portions of the upper Five Mile River and several streams that flow into Quaddick Reservoir in Thompson.

In the past, the TRBP participated in several natural resource stream inventories in the Thames River Basin. We’ve had great support from the conservation districts, now merged and renamed the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, and other partners such as the CT Department of Environmental Protection and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. We trained local residents to evaluate stream and stream bank conditions and report on them. This information base is useful to document erosion problems and other runoff and nonpoint source pollution problems. So far the Quinebaug, Shetucket and Willimantic Rivers have been “stream walked”.

Below are some details and an update to the Willimantic River Streamwalk thanks to the Willimantic River Alliance and the ECCD:

2000-01 Streamwalk

In 2000 and 2001, 50 volunteers participated in a Streamwalk along the Willimantic River and its tributaries. After attending a training session, teams walked, waded or paddled along the waterways to observe conditions in the water and along the banks. All of the data they collected was entered into a database, and a Streamwalk report was published in 2002. The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD) coordinated this effort and produced the Streamwalk Report with funding in part by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act 319 nonpoint source grant. At that time, ECCD was the Windham County Soil and Waters Conservation District.

2005 Follow-up

The ECCD recently received a grant to review the Streamwalk data and to create action plans to address water quality problems identified in 2000-01. These plans will include revisiting specific sites and assisting towns, local agencies and organizations to plan for improving water quality at these sites. The goal of these projects is to improve the overall water quality in the river and its tributaries and to enhance the quality of the Willimantic River Greenway, which offers prime fishing sites and a canoe-kayak trail. ECCD is sponsoring this project in cooperation with the Willimantic River Alliance and the North Central Conservation District, which includes a northern portion of the river's watershed. This follow-up project is funded in part by a Connecticut DEP grant for water quality management planning through a U.S. EPA 604 (b) grant.

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