Community Engagement

Various stakeholders are working to stop pollution, preserve and protect existing wetlands, and engage citizens to understand the importance of the river and take action.


The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA), based in Meriden, is a volunteer organization engaged in a broad range of advocacy work, educational and recreational programing, science and monitoring, conservation and restoration, and improving public access.

The QRWA was the lead partner with the CTDEEP in the creation of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Based Plan, which sets a priority action list for municipalities in the watershed.

River Advocates of South Central Connecticut

The River Advocates of South Central Connecticut promote and protect the lower Quinnipiac, Mill and West Rivers in South Central Connecticut.

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut

The Rivers Alliance of Connecticut is the only statewide nonprofit dedicated to protecting and enhancing all of Connecticut's waterways. It created the Urban River Permits Review and Advocacy Recommendations to provide citizens with a guide for participating in the public comment period for discharge permits - PDF icon mill_river_pages.pdf

New Haven Land Trust

The New Haven Land Trust manages the 35-acre Quinnipiac Meadows Preserve in the tidal mouth of the river, provides educational programming, and leads volunteer efforts to clean and restore the wetlands.