Events

Gas Pipeline Educational Forum at the Tolland Public Library,
21 Tolland Green, Tolland CT. 06084
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Food & Water Watch, 350CT, Toxics Action Center and the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club.


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 low carbon, renewable energy alternatives.

This event is free and open to the public.
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GREATER HARTFORD SIERRA CLUB OUTINGS MAY THROUGH September 2015

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.


Kayak Great Island Wildlife Area, Saturday, 7/18, 10am (Old Lyme, CT).
Meet at the Great Island state boat launch, Smith Neck Road, Old Lyme.  We will explore secluded back channels, side rivers, and coves that parallel the lower Connecticut River near the mouth on the east side, winding through 10-foot-tall marsh reeds in one of CT’s largest brackish tidal marshes and a barrier beach that teem with birdlife.  You can access a guide to this area at: http://www.crerpa.org/RiverandSound/oldlymetrail.pdf

Directions: From the East: Take I-95 South to Exit 70. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Lyme Street and proceed .8 miles. Next, turn right onto Ferry Road, and continue 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Route 156/Shore Road and proceed 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Smith Neck Road and follow .7 miles (to its end).  From the West: Take I-95 North to Exit 70. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 156/Shore Road and continue 1.7 miles. Next, turn right onto Smith Neck Road, and proceed .7 miles (to its end).  Bring lunch to enjoy in boat and/or we can hit the town for supper.  RSVP by 7/16. Safety vest must be worn.  Please, no cell phone use or smoking on the water.


Kayak Bolton Lower Lake after work; Monday 7/20  6-8:30pm

Meet at DEEP boat launch, 1075 Boston Turnpike, Bolton, off Rte. 44. 175 acre lake. RSVP by 7/19.


Kayak East River and Neck River, Saturday 7/25 10am (Madison, CT)
We’ll meet at the East River boat launch off. off Rte 1, Neck Road, and Circle Beach Road in Madision.  It's at the end of a rutted beach road.  Parking lot and access road are partially submerged at high tide but not enough to worry about. http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=464 is DEEP web site with directions.
We'll head north up East River until it branches with the Neck River to the right.   Both have a lot of bird life easily visible on this quiet river water with surrounding marshes, until Bailey Creek veers off to the left.    RSVP by 7/23.  Safety vest must be worn.  Please, no cell phone use or smoking on the water.


Kayaking; Coginchaug and Mattabessett Rivers, Thursday, August 6th, 5pm. Last fall DEEP constructed a new boat launch on the Cogingchaug River that puts you immediately in the “Floating Meadows” — a 1000 acre fresh water tidal wetland area that’s habitat to many species including eagles and herons. 

Directions: Off Rte. 9 in Middletown, turn right onto CT 17/66/Main Street, turn right onto N. Main Street and Right onto Johnson Street. Cross the railroad tracks as if you were going to the recycling center at 185 Johnson Street, but instead of going through the gate, turn left and follow a gravel roadway to reach the top of the slope that leads to the river. Leave your vehicle at the top of the slope.  We’ll help each other carry boats down to the water’s edge. Safety vests must be worn at all times.  Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water. Please RSVP email yes only by 8/5, leaving cell phone good that morning, in case weather or winds require site change or canceling outing.

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You're Invited! CT Sierra Club Summer Potluck Picnic and Hike

When: Saturday, August 8th at 1pm
Who: Everyone! New members, old members, families and friends are all welcome
Where: Seven Falls Park, Haddam, CT (Click here for directions)

Contact Amanda:  860-416-0081, or amanda.kenyon@sierraclub.org

Delightfully rustic, Seven Falls Park is a beautiful, small, roadside park with waterfalls, a brook, and a shady picnic area.  Join us for a potluck picnic and meet your fellow club members to socialize or learn about our environmental activism and fun outings going on in state. Bring a dish with 4-5 servings, and a place-setting for yourself, as well as a water bottle. There is a charcoal grill on-site. We will have just one picnic table, so please bring camping chairs or picnic blanket, if possible. Feel free to bring games and activities.  

Pre-Picnic Hike 10:30 a.m. 
Come hike – and celebrate – the National Park Service’s recently designated New England Trail.  We will hike the Bear Hill Loop Trail section, along a brook, past waterfalls, stone walls, and rock ridges.  Expect intermediate terrain with some short steep parts at a medium pace.  Bring boots, water.  Leave 10:30 a.m. from Seven Falls Park, Haddam.  

For up-to-the-minute changes please join our Facebook events: 
Hike - https://www.facebook.com/events/1637901293133198/

FROM HARTFORD, NORTHERN CT:
take I-91 South.  Go 10 miles
Exit left onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 10 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM NEW HAVEN AREA:
I-91 North.  Go 19 miles
Take exit #18, following signs onto Rt. 66 East.  Go 7.5 miles
At the next light, turn right, following signs onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 4.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM SOUTHEAST CT SHORELINE:
Take I-95 South to Old Saybrook
Exit onto Rt. 9 North.  Go 18.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM FAIRFIELD / HOUSATONIC COUNTIES:
FROM I-95 NORTHBOUND:
Take I-95 North, to New Haven, exit onto I-91 North.  Go 19 miles
Take exit #18, following signs onto Rt. 66 East

FROM MERRITT PARKWAY:
Take the Merritt Parkway Northbound to Meriden
Take exit #68, and keep following signs thru a long interchange onto Rt. 66 East

FROM EITHER WAY:
Continue on Rt. 66 East 7.5 miles to Middletown
continue straight at a big intersection with Main St., (leaving Rt. 66.)
At the next light, turn right, following signs onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 4.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp, onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM EASTERN CT:
head to Willimantic
get onto Rt. 66 West.  Follow it about 28 miles
Rt. 9 South
Stay on Rt. 9 South 4.8 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp, the light onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot

FROM WESTERN CT, DANBURY, WATERBURY:
Take I-84 Eastbound
Exit onto I-691 East.  Go 8.9 miles
In Meriden, continue straight, as the road becomes Rt. 66 East
Continue on Rt. 66 East 7.5 miles
go straight at a big intersection crossing Main St., (leaving Rt. 66), going with the “Rt. 9 South” sign.
At the next light, turn right, following signs onto Rt. 9 South.  Go 4.5 miles
Take exit #10, marked “Rt. 154”
turn right at the end of the ramp, the light onto Rt. 154 South.  Go 0.8 miles
take the next left into a tiny gravel driveway, at a CT state-shaped sign for “Seven Falls Park”.  (If you pass “Mama Roux’s” restaurant on the left, you went too far.)
Meet in the parking lot
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Kayak Lake Beseck after work; Monday 8/10  6-8:30pm

Meet at DEEP boat launch, 212 Baileyville Road, Middlefield. 116 acre lake. Directions: on Rte. 147, 1.75 miles south of junction Rtes 66 and 147. RSVP by 8/09.


Kayak Pachaug Pond, Sunday, 8/23 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

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.

Kayaking Gardner Lake Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7th 10am (Salem CT).

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.

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