Paddlers Needed on Connecticut River After Hartford Mishap

Last August, the city of Hartford released thousands of water chestnut plants into the Connecticut River from its North Meadows floodwater storage pond near Riverside Park. At the time, the plants had ripe seeds ready to fall, so this negligent release of plants resulted in the spread of mature seeds downriver from Hartford to Essex. New plants have emerged at regular intervals, posing a huge challenge to the volunteers trying to manage water chestnut infestations.
After many volunteer-hours of paddling, pulling, and disposing of plants, we have cleared many areas of shoreline, but some larger patches remain. Paddlers are needed and most welcome to join any of the work parties listed below. Continue reading

Air Line Trail – Farmington Canal Trail Connector Route Update

The Jonah Center’s most far-reaching project — to connect the 2 longest multi-use trails in Connecticut — has been awarded 2 grants: a $315,000 route study grant by CT DOT this past February; and a $500,000 grant by the state bond commission in April. The bond commission grant will allow preliminary design work to be done on at least some sections of the connector route. We are well on our way to making the connector route a reality for regional bicyclists.  Continue reading