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The Last Green Valley is seeking volunteers to assist this fall with Riffle Bioassessments. A Riffle Bioassessment means trained volunteers will use a net to collect insects that live underwater, sort them, and submit a sample to CT DEEP. Certain underwater bugs can only live in high quality streams. By assisting with this project, you will be helping us document where these streams are located. With this data, we can help protect these environments from degradation.
To participate, sign up to attend one of two mandatory training sessions at the Brooklyn Cooperative Extension office located at 139 Wolf Den Road, Brooklyn, CT.
Friday, October 7, 2022 at 1 PM
Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 9 AM
Each training session will be 3 hours long. We ask you to come prepared to wade in a stream.
Email to register for training on one of the above dates. Field sampling events will be scheduled through November 30, 2022 including some weekend dates.
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What is source water? Source water refers to sources of water (such as rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, springs, and groundwater) that provide water to public. Forests are an important feature in any source water landscape. Learn more about the benefits of forests on water quality at this link. ... See MoreSee Less

Online Environmental Courses: We offer several online courses, in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), for new and existing land use officials charged with protecting our environment. DEEP issues a Certificate of Achievement upon successful course completion. The courses are not limited to municipal officials; DEEP encourages participation by anyone interested in learning about land use in Connecticut—all courses are free. Register at ... See MoreSee Less

Believe it or not, October is right around the corner.
While it's important to always wear your life jacket regardless of the date. A life jacket can be the difference between life and death during the cold water months. So #WearIt and get out on the water this fall!

Please Wear It
Safe Boating Campaign
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound
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Plenty of our folks that are farming in the state are on rented land, or are waiting to buy land to start their farming business. If you are one of those farmers (or know one of them) OR want to sell some land to a farmer this event is for you!!! Check out this Farmland Mixer put on by UConn Extension 's Solid Ground Program, and partners, and learn about assessing land, meet other land owners and/or farmers and meet service providers who want to help you! Sign up here:

Sunday, October 16, 2022
@ Ives Farm in Chesire

12-1pm: Optional field walk of the Farm and strategies for assessing land

1-3pm: Eat (free!), Drink, meet landowners, farmers,
service providers,
and find land!
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