Welcome to LiveStream!

LiveStream is CRC’s newest way to connect you with your rivers through an online series of discussions with CRC staff members and partners. Episodes are hosted via Zoom and occur every other Wednesday from Noon-1pm, beginning 5/13/2020.  Recordings of each episode may be found here within 24 hours of the live broadcast.

To view upcoming LiveStream episodes, view our Events Calendar. You must register for each episode to receive meeting information.

Recordings of past episodes are listed in chronological order below.

We’ve completed our 2020 season! Please join us in the new year for new and informative topics concerning your rivers.

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LiveStream Schedule

Past Episodes:

LiveStream, Ep. 1: Learning to Love Your Migratory Fish
presented by Andrew Fisk, CRC Executive Director

Air Date: 5/13/20

Our watershed is home to really amazing migratory fish. Our first LiveStream episode is a sort of icthyological speed dating, where you will learn about and come to love your migratory fish.  Their life history is interesting and important to making our rivers healthy and full of life. Come meet your new favorite fishy friend!

LiveStream, Ep. 2: But Can I Swim In It? How scientists determine the health of rivers and streams
presented by Ryan O’Donnell, CRC Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator

Air date: 5/27/20

Scientists use a variety of methods to determine the water quality in rivers and streams including looking at habitat, the creatures that make their homes in the water, and the water itself. This presentation provides a brief overview and example of each. And of course, it answers the questions everyone always wants to know, is it a good idea to swim in it?

LiveStream, Ep. 3: Free Our Rivers: Why and how CRC removes deadbeat dams
presented by Ron Rhodes, CRC River Steward

Air Date: 6/10/20

Before and After comparison

Learn what makes a deadbeat dam, why they should be removed from our rivers, and how you go about taking down a dam. Examples from CRC’s “dirty dozen” — 12 dam removals since 2014.

LiveStream, Ep. 4: Floodplain Forest Restoration
presented by Fritz Gerhardt, CRC River Steward

Air Date: 6/24/20

Restoring a floodplain forest in Colebrook, NH

Floodplain forests are an important part of our river ecosystems. They reduce stream temperatures, improve fish and wildlife habitat, protect clean water, and reduce nutrient and sediment loading. In this presentation, we will discuss some characteristics of floodplain forests and efforts to protect and restore these forests along the Connecticut River and its tributaries.

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LiveStream, Ep. 5: Hydroelectricity and Your Rivers: Not as green as it seems
presented by Kathy Urffer, CRC River Steward

Air Date: 7/8/20

Explore the impacts of hydropower on our rivers and fish, the pros and cons of this ‘green’ energy, and how CRC works to balance river use with river protection. Learn how operating licenses and federal laws impact the way hydro dams are run. We’ll share how public can get involved and why you should.

LiveStream, Ep. 6: Freshwater Mussels: Restoring the brook floaters
presented by Ayla Skorupa, PhD candidate, MA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, UMass, Amherst

Air Date: 7/22/20

What do parasites, fish, and filter feeding have in common? Freshwater mussels! Learn about native mussels present in streams and rivers throughout New England and a project to restore one of these endangered species to Massachusetts rivers.

LiveStream, Ep. 7: Fish Tales: Migration – One of the River’s Oldest Stories
co-presented by Sarah Rippere, CRC Membership Coordinator & Data Ranger and Lots of Fish, an art and environmental education project focused on creating Artful Solutions to Water Pollution through community outreach and engagement!

Air Date: 8/5/20

Kids love rivers, too! Come learn about some of the fishy friends we have here in the Connecticut River and the exciting tale of the migratory journey to our neighborhood waters

that’s been happening for thousands of years. Appropriate for kids of all ages!

This one’s for the kids!

LiveStream, Ep. 8: Estuary Magazine – Life of the Connecticut River
presented by Wick Griswold, Emerti Professor of Sociology, University of Hartford. Teaches the Sociology of the CT River Watershed. Commodore, CT River Drifting Society. A
uthor of five books on the history of the CT River.

Air Date: 8/19/20

Photo by Christopher Zajac, Estuary Magazine

Estuary is the first magazine dedicated to the life of the Connecticut River. Learn how this new magazine came to be, from conception to implementation. Hear from well-known naturalist Wick Griswold about the creation of articles on recreation, ecology, history, people and places.

LiveStream, Ep. 9: TRASH TALK: Purge the Plastics
presented by Kirstie Pecci – director of the Zero Waste Project and a Senior Fellow at Conservation Law Foundation, Melissa Gates – Northeast Regional Manager of Surfrider, and CRC’s own River Stewards – Kathy Urffer, Andrea Donlon and Kelsey Wentling.

Air Date: 10/14/20

Plastics are always among the most found trash items during CRC’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup. How do we purge the plastic?

Join us to explore our relationship to plastics – from microplastics and plastic trash in our waterways to the ways Covid-19 has impacted our plastic use. We’ll look at what CRC is doing locally, what’s happening regionally across our four rivers states, and discuss long-term solutions to prevent our rivers from getting trashed in the first place.

LiveStream, Ep. 10: Celebrating World Fish Migration Day on the Connecticut River
presented by Lael Will from Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Ken Sprankle of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Air Date: 10/28/20

In celebration of World Fish Migration Day (Oct. 24, 2020) CRC and our partners highlight work being done across the Connecticut River and tributaries in support of migratory fish.

Join Lael Will from Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Ken Sprankle of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to learn how native Sea lamprey and American shad use the Connecticut River and its tributaries to spawn, the history of these species, and work being done to help them thrive in the Connecticut River. Hosted by CRC River Stewards Ron Rhodes & Kathy Urffer.

LiveStream, Ep. 11: TRASH TALK: Tired of Tires
presented by Tom Metzner, Environmental Analyst, CT Department of Environmental Protection and Terri Goldberg, Executive Director, Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association

Air Date: 11/18/20

Each year, volunteers unearth dozens, even hundreds of illegally dumped tires in our rivers during CRC’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup. While the scope of the issue can be daunting, there are tried and true methods for reducing and eliminating illegal tire dumping. Join us to explore both the impacts of illegal tire dumping, as well as how you can be a part of the solution.

Tom Metzner & Terri Goldberg will provide expertise on the health & environmental impacts of illegal tire dumping, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) on tires in CT and throughout the region; Connecticut River Conservancy River Steward Kelsey Wentling will share what CRC is doing to address the tire problem. We invite you to join the dialogue.