NRWA Awarded Grant For Improvements At Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton From CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Merwin Meadows Park erosion
Erosion along the Norwalk River at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton

NRWA has received a Clean Water Act Section 319h Nonpoint Source grant award of $20,700 to support plans for abating the flow into the Norwalk River of runoff from the roadway and parking lot at Merwin Meadows. Our goal is to reduce runoff and erosion, improve water quality, and raise awareness about how runoff from pavement compromises the water quality of our rivers and the Long Island Sound. More information available here soon.

NRWA Supports the Removal of the Flock Process Dam

Flock Process Dam
Photo courtesy of The Norwalk Hour

Hotel Zero Degrees owner, Bill Burnham, whose restaurant overlooks the falling water of the dam, has argued against removal of the dam. NRWA believes that the dam should be removed in order to begin to restore the river to its natural state. Dam removal would increase anadromous fish passage upstream, increase flooding resilience, and eliminate the risks of dam failure. See our letter to the editor in the Norwalk Hour or in the Connecticut Plus. For more information on the history of dams on the Norwalk River, click here.

NRWA Works with REI to Enhance Hiking Trail


Last fall local volunteers, REI and NRWA planted nine native Connecticut trees along the section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail between Union Park and Mathews Park in Norwalk. Volunteers cleaned up the trail and cut back invasive plant species. Watch for more opportunities this spring to help enhance trails and river banks in the watershed.

NRWA Helps Install Model Rain Garden in Wilton

Rain Garden Cross Section

In partnership with UCONN’s NEMO program, NRWA and volunteers from the community created a model rain garden at the Wilton Play Shop on Lover's Lane in Wilton. Rain gardens catch and help filter contaminants from storm water runoff from roofs, parking lots and other impervious surfaces before they reach rivers and other waterways. For more information on rain gardens, visit this site.

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Thursday, September 18, 8AM-3:30PM. Emerald Ash Borer Field Tour.

EAB is an invasive insect that kills ash trees. It has already spread to six of Connecticut's eight counties. The tour will begin at the Southbury Firehouse, 461 Main St. South, at 8 a.m. (coffee and donuts provided), with updates from representatives of The CT Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and CT DEEP. The group will then visit several sites with infested trees. The emphasis will be on ID and specific indicators. There will also be a field demo of EAB control techniques. Lunch is available at the firehouse. After lunch, the group will visit the Southbury Garage to view infested logs and the insects up close. CEU credits for arborists and forest practitioners and tree wardens are planned. If you are interested in attending, email Chris Donnelly at cmdonnelly@aol.com CTPA is requesting a donation of $20 to cover expenses. Dress appropriately. For more info, visit www.ctpa.org for a detailed agenda. The rain date is Sept. 19.

Saturday, September 20, 9:30AM to 3PM. Oyster Shell Park Shoreline Cleanup.

Come help clean up Oyster Shell Park!  Afterwards we will weigh the collected, bagged trash, categorize it and report it the Ocean Conservancy to help them track and eliminate ocean debris as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers meet at Heritage Park by Ann and North Water Streets in Norwalk. Waterproof footwear advised. Families welcome. Rain date: Sunday September 21. The residents of Jefferson at 55/77 Water have kindly offered pizza and sandwiches in their clubhouse, restroom access and limited parking at 55 Water Street for all volunteers. Co-sponsored by NRWA, Norwalk Land Trust, HarborWatch at Earthplace and Jefferson at 55/77 Water. For more info, call 877-NRWA-INFO.

Sunday September 21. 350.org People’s Climate March in New York City.

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging govern-ments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramat-ically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we'll take a stand to bend the course of history. We'll take to the streets to demand change. Wilton Go Green is organizing a group to travel together by Metro North. More info at wiltongogreen.org and peoplesclimate.org/march.

Tuesday, September 23, 7PM to 8:30PM. The Heart of the Amazon: Indigenous People of Columbia and Their Role in Conservation.

NRWA board member Daryl Hawk hosts Dr. Martin von Hildebrand, a leader in efforts to secure indigenous territorial rights and protect the Amazon tropical forest, who will present this talk as part of the The Green Speaker series, co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. There is no charge but please register in advance. For more information, call 203-762-3950, x213.

Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, Sept. 28, 11AM to 5PM. Audubon Greenwich’s HawkWatch Festival & Green Bazaar.

Come celebrate the annual hawk migration over Audubon Greenwich’s “Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch.” There will be live birds of prey shows, games and activities for all ages, eco-friendly business exhibits, great food and music. Rain or shine. More info at greenwich.audubon.org.

Tuesday, October 7, 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Invasive Plants 2014: Where Are We Now?

This symposium will be presented by the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working group (CIPWG).  People with all levels of interest and experience are invited to attend.  Held at the UConn Student Union in Storrs, CT.  The keynote address will be given by Dr. Sarah Reichard, Professor and Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Attendees are advised to register early. The fee is $45 – EARLY postmarked or online by September 8; $55 – REGULAR postmarked or online after September 8; $25 – STUDENT (must bring current ID). More info at cipwg.uconn.edu/2014-symposium; or contact Donna Ellis at (860) 486-6448; donna.ellis@uconn.edu.

Friday, October 24, 5:00 PM. Howl Prowl at Woodcock Nature Center, Featuring NRWA’s Owl Table.

Environmental science teacher, Dave Havens, will discuss local owls and their habitat, featuring a few permanent Woodcock residents. Other activities include hay rides and a wolf presentation featuring a real wolf at 6:30. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Woodcock is at 54 Deer Run, Wilton. For dates, more information, and reservations call 877- NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463).










The relatively short Norwalk River has great aesthetic, historic, cultural, recreational, economic, and environmental significance in its seven Fairfield and Westchester County watershed towns. The river impacts our lives and livelihoods, our activities, and assets. Its health ensures the health of its communities.

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