Subject: Celebration report, upcoming events and legislative update
From: "Masino, Susan A."
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 09:47:45 -0400



Over 300 people celebrated the Ethel Walker Woods of Simsbury on September 23rd.  The weather, the view, the people, the ice cream, the woods – wow! 


Thank you to the Trust for Public Land for helping to save this exceptional property in Simsbury.

Thank you to the leadership and citizens of Simsbury – the purchase received the approval of the voters in every district.

Thank you to the many donors, our regional partners in the project and the tireless efforts of many Keep the Woods members. 

Thank you to the EWS Trustees and the Campaign Committee of alumnae and former Trustees for their time and money!


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This email is packed with information – and in general our emails may be longer and but will be less frequent.  We are still updating and reorganizing our website content – be patient with our pesky volunteers J

In the meantime, we updated the front page for you to read about the event and view the NEW MAP – see the top section of our home page:


Upcoming Events and Announcements for October:


This Tuesday:  Free Watershed education workshop at the Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton, CT, on October 2nd from 7 to 9 pm will discuss the issue of “stormwater” and describe easy, inexpensive ways for citizens to protect water quality in their homes, yards, and neighborhood.  The Town of Canton has partnered with Farmington River Watershed Association and the University of Connecticut’s NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) program to provide information to the public on ways to protect water quality and reduce stormwater pollution.

More information at:


Next Tuesday:  First ever Park River Watershed Symposium held at Trinity College in Hartford on Tuesday October 9, 2007 from 8am to 5pm.  This symposium aims to gather people from academia, government, business, and the community who are interested in the past, present, and future of the Park River and its tributaries which collectively define the Park River Watershed.  Registration is only $10 and includes lunch.  See posters from Keep the Woods and other project partners.  

More information at


RSVP now for the Sierra Club Annual Dinner

Members and non-members alike!  Saturday, October 20th at the beautiful Pequot Museum, Ledyard.

More information at


October 29th at the Mill in Tariffville, CT.  DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy will discuss the “No Child Left Inside” program, and she will be available for questions on environmental issues.  Doors will open at 6:30 for mingling, with the program and discussion scheduled from 7:00-8:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome. 

If possible, RSVP by email to JOHNYONAGY@AOL.COM.


Simsbury Land Trust events: 

October 20th, annual membership celebration; October 27th, mushrooming and geocaching

More information at:


Save the Date!  Farmington River Watershed Association Annual Dinner, November 1st.  More information to follow.



Legislative update – special session:


Water land mining bill REPEALED.  This historic move repealed the late night passage of a bill permitting mining in watershed lands.  The repeal now resets this project to proceed through the appropriate public process.  Read more:,0,4571639.story


BONDING package:  The Connecticut State bonding package is still in limbo.  Many people were relieved that the bonding package passed by the House and the Senate invests in Long Island Sound, Clean Water, and other initiatives that have fallen far behind.  The package includes some bonding money for Phase II of the Ethel Walker Woods of Simsbury – open space and watershed land of the highest quality.  The Governor has threatened to veto this package.  Please, write your legislator and Governor Rell to support this investment.


Enjoy the beautful fall weather!

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