Volunteers Needed to Help CT River Fish

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The Connecticut River Watershed Council is working with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on projects to assist migrating fish. And they need volunteers to help.

For one project, volunteers are needed to help officials learn more about river herring in the lower Connecticut River. In two informational sessions, you can hear Steve Gephard, CT DEEP Supervising Fisheries Biologist, share the status of river herring populations, what their migratory runs mean for the Connecticut River and its tributaries, and what citizens can do to help officials learn more about local river herring migration. One informational session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at Haddam’s Old Town Hall in Haddam, Connecticut. A second session is Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m. at Goodwin College Auditorium in East Hartford, Connecticut.

People interested in becoming a citizen scientist volunteer can attend training on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at deKoven House in Middletown, Connecticut. An RSVP is required for the citizen scientist training. Contact Alicea Charamut at acharamut@ctriver.org or call (860)704-0057 to RSVP for the training session or to learn more about the program.

Volunteers are also needed for a culvert survey project. Culverts can sometimes act as barriers to migrating fish as they travel upstream. Officials are seeking volunteers to conduct surveys of culverts in Connecticut to help identify these barriers. The time commitment is very flexible, but training is required. This 2-day training session will include a short 1-hour in-class overview and then field survey work, followed by computer data entry.

The culvert survey training session is March 19 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at DEEP headquarters in Marlborough, Connecticut. RSVP is required. Space is limited and there is an online training module that must be completed before March 19. Contact Mindy Barnett to sign up, mindy.barnett@ct.gov or 860-424-4179.

Visit www.ctriver.org for more information.