Norwalk River Watershed Association, incorporated in 1996, is a
not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to improve the
water quality and aesthetic value of the 40,000-acre Norwalk River
watershed; to encourage recreational use of the existing trails and
open space; and to promote research, education, cooperation, and action
on the part of the stakeholders in the seven watershed towns in CT
(Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, New Canaan, Weston, and Norwalk) and NY
Become a Norwalk River Watershed Association Member-Download
Form. General members are invited to free programs and
activities. They also receive NRWA's newsletter "In
the Mainstream," which lists activities and updates members
on pertinent problems, progress, projects, and programs within
the watershed. Membership rates start at $30.
Please make your tax-deductable donation payable to NRWA,
Inc., and send to the address below.
River Watershed Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 197
Georgetown, CT 06829
Board BiosKristen Begor
has lived in Wilton since 1995 with her family and holds a BS in
Geology/Environmental Science from Dickinson College and an MS in
Geology specializing in Hydrogeology from Syracuse University.
After retiring from a professional career in her area of study, Kristen
now devotes much of her time to NRWA, Wilton Conservation Commission,
Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton Garden Club, Lake Sunapee Protection
Association in Sunapee, NH and The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens
in Newbury, NH.
Elizabeth Craig lives in Wilton and joined the NRWA board after being a
parent volunteer at Cider Mill School's River Study Program, which
introduces fourth and fifth graders (and their parents) to the Norwalk
River's rich fauna and flora, just a short walk from school. "As
a runner, or just walking the dog, I enjoy being out on NRWA trails,
the green spaces in Wilton certainly enhance the quality of life for
residents and are well worth protecting". Formerly a librarian
for Merrill Lynch, Elizabeth is currently Wilton Garden Club Membership
co-chair and secretary of the Wilton Track Association.
has been a lifelong resident of Connecticut, splitting his time between
Norwalk, Stamford and New Canaan. After growing up along the
Norwalk River, Dave spent 6 years conducting full-time environmental
fieldwork from 1971 to 1977, while also working for the Stamford Museum
and Nature Center. Since 1977 Dave has worked as a science teacher for
Pre-K students to Graduate Studies. He has been an active voice for
environmental issues locally and nationally, working with several
organizations such as Greenpeace, Earth First!, Audubon, Green Schools
Alliance and NRWA. Along the way Dave earned two BS degrees and three
graduate degrees in science as he continued to conduct research on a
number of issues: Invasive Species, Open Space, Habitat Destruction,
Breeding Bird Census and much more. Over the last few years, he
designed and built a raised outdoor classroom and boardwalk through his
school's wetlands, developed a plan to eliminate 14 species of invasive
plants that gained a strong foot hold on the property and taken his
passion of teaching and environmental work to an international level
with the Green Schools Alliance. In 2012, David and his students were
selected as state finalist in “Siemens We Can Change the World High
School Challenge, sponsored by Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education,
the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College
Board”, for their efforts to selectively and safely exterminate
invasive plants along the Norwalk River.
has lived in Wilton for over 25 years and grew up on the water in
Westport. As a professional photographer for 30 years he has championed
and raised awareness for numerous environmental and conservation causes
his entire career. He is a writer, lecturer, author of 3 photography
books (“Distant Journeys”, “Quiet Moments”, and “White Pond”), and
former host and producer of the television show “The Unconventional
Traveler”. Many of his television shows featured some of the world’s
leading conservationists and field biologists. He has also led
photography workshops to both adults and students with the emphasis on
connecting with nature. He is a member of the Explorers Club. When not
traveling to some of the most remote places in the world, he likes to
seek solitude boating on both Long Island Sound and White Pond in New
R. Scott Jones
has lived in Wilton for four years. He has participated in the
Healthcare and Medical Device industry for 30 years, the past 10 of
which as Chief Executive and has, likewise, served on the Boards of a
number of companies. Scott holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in
life sciences, engineering and business management and enjoys wildlife,
fishing and woodworking. He plans to put his corporate experience to
work with NRWA in developing the Corporate Responsibility Program.
was raised in the town of Weston and has lived in East Norwalk since
1985. He retired in 2006 after two careers including pollution control
and safety engineer for several manufacturers. He devotes his time to
public service including past-chairman of the city of Norwalk
Historical Commission, board member of the Norwalk River Valley Trail
Steering Committee and board secretary of the East Norwalk Library.
David is an avid kayaker, an advocate for the stewardship of the
Norwalk Islands and each year he documents the local active Osprey
nests. In 2009, he authored a book titled, “Kayaking in and around the
Norwalk Islands” which has become quite popular. He also enjoys
canoeing all over New England and is a back yard bird watcher.
Mark Riser, a
15-year resident of Ridgefield, serves as Treasurer of NRWA. Mark
works in private equity and holds a BS in engineering and an MBA.
He is a life-long outdoors enthusiast and enjoys fishing and hiking
Ridgefield's open spaces. Mark and his family live on Barry Road
Kitsey Snow has served on the NRWA Board for four years and on the
Ridgefield Conservation Commission Board for five. A 20-year
resident of Ridgefield, she is raising three sons and has been an
active member of the PTA, serving in several positions. She helps
oversee the many miles of hiking trails for the RCC and enjoys hiking
and kayaking. She graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in
psychology and worked in operations for Bankers Trust Co. in New York
for seven years before moving to CT.
has lived in the Silvermine area, both in Wilton and Norwalk, for 17
years where she is raising three children. She graduated from
Smith College and worked in magazine publishing in New York for 10
years. She is currently on the board of the Wilton PTSA, serves
as Publicity Coordinator for the Wilton High School Band, and is the
secretary of NRWA.
From Our Annual Meeting on May 6th, 2009-
See the recent article in the Norwalk Hour: Area
rivers under yearly review.
Also, you can now view the presentations
from the annual meeting, featuring our year
in review photo slideshow, water
quality updates from Dick Harris at Earthplace for the
Norwalk River, and an overview of student
projects in the watershed from Dave Havens at St. Luke's
series of helpful grants made a number of important projects
REI (Recreational Equipment Inc) grant
of $5000 in 2009 to help fund work on the next proposed
section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail that will extend
from Union Park, north along Riverside Avenue to Route
America The Beautiful Grant, through
the USDA Forest Service’s program on Urban and Community
Forestry, of $5,425 in August 2010 to help fund the restoration
and maintenance of meadow, forest and wetland habitat
in Allen Meadows, a public park in Wilton, CT.
County Community Foundation grant of $10,000 in 2007 helped
to fund the position of NRWA's part-time Executive Director.
Jeniam Foundation in 2007 gave a $5,000 grant to enable
the Executive Director to add more hours each week for
DEP awarded a grant that made the printing and distribution
of the brochure "How to Manage and Maintain Your Property"
possible to Norwalk and Wilton residents this past June.
The Sounds Conservancy gave a grant of $250 to help NRWA
revise its website - a summer project we hope to complete
by September 2008.
efforts during the past six months included work on the following
for additional testing by Harbor Watch/River Watch to
identify upstream sources of pollution in Ridgefield;
of the EPA 319 Grant data for water testing along the
Norwalk River by Harbor Watch/River Watch at the site;
habitat restoration by removing invasive plants at the
River Study Site and at Aldrich Park in Ridgefield;
Ivy control at the Geogetown Park site, deed wording,
and plans for future work;
of the River Ranger program;
of the spring show "Invasive Botanicals: Beauty and
Beast," original art work by members of the Guild
of Natural Science Illustrators;
negotiations to expand and improve the Norwalk River Valley
Trail System; and
and hikes to educate the public about the watershed, its
features, problems, and opportunies for action.
Georgetown Eco-History Tour has become an annual event. Led
by Brent Colley, the tour attracts huge crowds and includes
stops all over Georgetown. Georgetown History slide shows
are also presented by Brent Colley each year.
subscribed hikes prove that there is a great interest in the
expanding trail system and that the trails are an effective
way to get people's attention and to educate them about the
proper ways to take care of the watershed and about the necessity
for each person to do his or her part.
addition to these ongoing outdoor projects NRWA signed on
as an intervener on the Northeast Utilities proposal to expand
its electical lines from Bethel to Norwalk in order to elicit
more enviormentally sound plans and technology to provide
additional service. The Sitting Council is still considering
comments before making a decision on quantity, structures,
and routes. NRWA has also given another grant to Harbor Watch/River
Watch to expand its water-testing sites in Ridgefield farther
upstream on Cooper Brook and on the Norwalk River near the
Route 7 sewage treatment plant to monitor water quality and
to pinpoint sources of sporadic pollution.