GREATER HARTFORD SIERRA CLUB OUTINGS MAY THROUGH September 2015(you can click on the image at left to download a PDF copy)
Free outings open to club members and the public. RSVP yes only here providing cell phone should weather require a change. Please, no cell phone use or smoking on these outings. Safety vests required when kayaking.
Kayaking Bluff Point, Groton, CT Saturday, Sept. 5th, 10am. Meet at 10am at the state boat launch at 44 Depot Road, Groton. No fee to put in and free parking.
We’ll paddle near this 800-acre peninsula that includes the state park, a coastal reserve and natural preserve surrounded by Mumford Cove to the east, Fishers Island Sound to the south and the Poquonnock River to the west. The shallow and protected open water is excellent for kayaking. We’ll travel down the river then behind a large sandy peninsula with a 50’ portage if we wish to enjoy the beach and launch after from there to explore a couple harbor islands before returning to the original launch site.
Directions: Rte. 95 along the shore to Route 1, south on Depot Road, go under train trestle at the end. Launch is at the end of the road to the west of the park entrance. You can bring lunch and/or we can hit the town for a meal afterwards. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water. Please RSVP email yes only by 9/3, leaving cell phone good that morning, in case weather or winds require site change or canceling outing.
Kayak Pachaug Pond, Sunday, Sept. 6th 10am, (Griswold, CT)
Meet at the Pachaug Pond boat launch, 945 Voluntown Road, Griswold, CT We’ll paddle southward and back doing the perimeter of this 841 acre lake that is lightly populated for a quiet paddle. It’s the largest CT public water body east of the CT River and has many fish to attract anglers. Map of pond and this trip at: http://www.bostonkayaker.com/cgi-bin/bkonekpage.cgi?pagekey=pachaugpond
Directions: boat launch is at north end of pond off Rte. 138. From central CT take Rte. 2 East to Rte. 395 North. Take exit 85 for Rte. 164 toward CT-138/Preston City/Pachaug. Go ahead .6 miles then turn right onto Rte. 138. Boat ramp is 2.3 miles ahead. If you reach Rte. 395 you’ve gone too far. Bring lunch to enjoy in boat and/or we can hit the town for supper. RSVP by 8/22
Meet at Gardner Lake state boat launch, 147 Old Colchester Road, Salem. This is a 528 acre lake with many nooks to investigate. Hopefully eagles will be there again as they were last year! Free launch and parking. Plus there's a small beach area to swim and picnic after we paddle, so bring food and a swimsuit.
Directions: From the junction of Route 354 and Route 82 in Salem, proceed north on Route 354 for 0.1 mile and turn right into the boat launch area. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water. You can bring lunch and/or we can hit the town for a meal afterwards. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water.
Please RSVP email yes only by 9/5, leaving cell phone good that morning, in case weather or winds require site change or canceling outing.
Sierra Club-Greater Hartford Group
Sept. Meeting and Presentation
Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford
Thursday Sept. 10th at 7:30 pm
Jennifer Siskind, local coordinator with Food and Water Watch. Jen will speak on the effects of fracking on water and the environment, and also about the potential hazards of fracked gas pipeline expansions in our state. She has personal experience of fracking with her family property in Pennsylvania
Ben Martin of 350CT will also discuss the dangers of fracking.
Doors open at 7:00 for refreshments and letter writing
A small donation is requested.
Questions: Renee email me here!
THE ULTIMATE CLEAN ENERGY HOUSE
Tour: Saturday, October 3 in Sharon, CT
( This is certainly one of the most amazing homes in Connecticut ! )
This is the first house in the United States to use NATURE BUILT STRAW BALE PANELS which are tightly packed with organic straw encased in magnesium oxide board sheathing on the interior and exterior sides. An attractive timber frame home, this house has a solar south orientation, radiant heat, a split- faced soapstone masonry heater for both the second and third floors as well as radiant heat on the ground floor;Fujitsu mini split heat pumps, a heating recovery ventilator; 120 gallon solar domestic hot water tank, a 9 kW photovoltaic solar array and all LED and CFL lighting. Don't miss this exciting and amazing building and its wonderful owners!
SAVE THE DATE! http://pace-cleanenergy.org/
Hosted by The Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter,
Food & Water Watch, Toxics Action Center and 350CT.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Granby Public Library, 24 Center Street, East Granby 06026.
There are numerous pipeline expansion plans currently undergoing approval at the federal and state level, yet many Connecticut residents are unaware of the costs associated with these projects.
Please attend our forum if you want answers to the following questions:
1. How will pipeline expansions affect my town & neighborhood?
2. How will the cost of these new projects affect my energy bill?
3. Is methane, or fracked, natural gas, really a bridge fuel?
4. What are the health and safety impacts for local residents?
5. What is the effect on the environment of piping fracked gas under rivers, through wetlands, and across sensitive ecosystems?
6. How does leaked methane impact climate change?
7. More gas = more fracking = more toxic, radioactive fracking waste. What does this mean for CT?
There is significant concern about the effects of these construction projects on the economy, environment, health and safety of the citizens of Connecticut, and development of carbon-free, renewable energy alternatives.
This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30 p.m.
East Granby Public Library, 24 Center Street, East Granby CT 06026.