1) BRAT will have a booth at Springfield’s Market Madness on Saturday, August 30th in downtown Springfield. I would LOVE some company as a “booth buddy,” even for a couple of hours so I can take a bathroom break and grab a bite of lunch. I’ll be in the Kids’ Corner, nestled between the Furman Building and the Masons Lodge on Main St, just down from the Town Library. The Market Madness runs from 10am till 4pm, any time you can spend with me would be most appreciated. We’ll have BRAT tee shirts and commemorative “river coins” available for a suggested $10 donation, plenty of brochures and information, a sign-up sheet for folks interested in learning more about BRAT, plus a variety of river creatures in a sort of “river zoo” available for viewing. Color-a-fish for the kids, stonefly temporary tattoos…fun stuff. Most important function of the booth will be to let folks know what we’re up to and how they can get involved to help.
I’m happy to do most of the talking (gee, somehow I’m good at that!), and would be pleased as punch if a booth-buddy could help with handing crayons and fish pages to the kids, monitor the river critters so they don’t get knocked around, etc. Please let me know if you can spare an hour or two on the 30th. Come help me out a little, then enjoy the rest of the Market!
2) 15th Annual RiverSweep is set for Saturday, Sept. 6th — head on over to one of our HQ tables (Springfield’s is at the Citizens Bank driveup by the footbridge in the Shopping Plaza; Ludlow’s is in the gazebo on the town green in Veterans Park on Main St, by the Fletcher Memorial Library) that morning after 8am. Sign in, pick up work-gloves & trash bags and fill your own bottle from our water supply, then head on out to a site for some serious garbage collecting. Got a kayak or canoe? Care to paddle the Black for this event? A flotilla will be needed to gather trash from North Springfield (launch-point is at Mill Road, by the USGS gauging station) all the way to the Plaza.
When you return to HQ, we will happily tally and photograph your garbage and then FEED YOU…folks at the Ludlow Sweep (this includes Cavendish and Proctorsville) can wear their complimentary BRAT tee shirts over to Goodman’s American Pie in Lamere Square for a free slice of their delicious cheese pizza, on the house, as a thank-you for your help. In Springfield, members of the Young family will once again trot out their grill and provide hot dogs, grilled to perfection, for all Springfield Sweepers. Don’t miss out on the Junk Jam while you’re waiting for your dog to get cooked!
Special edition of RiverSweep this year: bring your trash back to HQ and pick a piece to play! It’s the first-ever Junk Jam, an improvised band of “instruments” that can range from thumping out a rhythm on an old tire to tapping along with a tune on an assortment of empty bottles and cans. Use your imagination and have FUN. We’ll attempt to record the event and share it with the world via YouTube. Anyone out there who knows how to edit GoPro video, give me a holler!
*** WCFR is planning to broadcast live from this year’s ‘Sweep! If all goes according to plan, they will even be broadcasting FROM THE RIVER ITSELF….should be a lot of fun.”
3) The LineKeeper unit down at Hoyt’s Landing has been performing admirably all summer long, and we’ve almost got our first box of fishing line to send out for recycling! Many thanks to the campers and crew of the Meeting Waters YMCA Lewis Day Camp for monitoring and emptying the LineKeeper for the summer — the wonderful Jen Austin of Springfield has stepped up to take care of the emptying from September through October. (There is a second LineKeeper installed at Herrick’s Cove that is monitored separately, thanks to the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society and TransCanada.)
If you can spare 15 minutes once a week after October, for any length of time, please consider lining up to help with the Hoyt’s Landing LineKeeper. The LineKeeper is a length of PVC pipe mounted vertically at Hoyt’s Landing (where the Black River meets the CT River). It is designed to be a repository for waste fishing line & tackle, and should be emptied or at least checked each week. There is a screw-cap at the bottom for easy emptying; the only equipment you might want to bring is a plastic bucket to collect the line and a pair of nail clippers to snip any that gets tangled on the LineKeeper unit. Please give me a shout if you could be available; Hoyt’s Landing is used year round for fishing, so this is an all-season project.
4) Rain, rain, go away...we’ve had our share of storms this spring and summer, and gotten a first-hand look at erosion as stormwater poured off roofs, raced across parking lots, and washed away tons and tons of soil from our yards and from the very banks of the streams. Enter The Stormwater Expo — see attached flyer. What can you do to slow the storm surge on your own property? How can you understand and deal with the requirements for stormwater permits? How do you know which approach is best for your situation? Are you a realtor, landscape architect, contractor, or environmental engineer who works with or on private property? Even is there is no lakefront or streambank involved, you deal with stormwater.
Brought to you by the Black River Action Team and the CT River Joint Commissions, the Stormwater Expo will feature keynote speakers, a walking tour of a working rain garden/infiltration pond, and tables of products, programs, tools & techniques geared toward the private sector. Pre-registration IS required — we’re charging a nominal $10 fee which will include refreshments and all conference materials. LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS, so sign up early and send in your check today to the CT River Joint Commissions, 10 Water St, Suite 225, Lebanon NH 03766.
That’s all for now, but there are tons more projects still chugging along and in the wings.
Thank you so much for your continued interest and support!