Norwalk River Watershed Association

Tuesday, October 16, 7PM. Norwalk Ordinance Committee Considers Plastic Bag Ban. Join Skip the Plastic Norwalk and NRWA at the Norwalk Ordinance Committee meeting this Tuesday at City Hall to voice support for a ban on plastic checkout bags. In Connecticut, one billion plastic bags are used each year and more than 100,000 single-use plastic bags end up in Long Island sound annually, according to the Hartford Courant. Stamford, Greenwich, Westport and Weston have passed similar bans. More information here.

Thursday, October 18, 6-7:30 PM. How to Protect Public Lands in CT This November. In CT we will have the chance this November to vote in a referendum on a Constitutional Amendment to protect public lands. Eric Hammerling, Executive Director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and Treasurer of the Protect CT Public Lands Coalition, Inc., will present on the public lands measure that will appear on the CT 2018 statewide ballot at the REI Norwalk store.  Register here.

Sunday, October 14 7:30 PM. Skywatch in Wilton. Join us for an event that will include sightings of several lunar, planetary and other astronomical wonders through the telescopes of members of the John J McCarthy Observatory in New Milford, CT. Meet at Slaughter Field at the corner of Nod Hill and Piper’s Hill Roads. There will be a bonfire near the Piper’s Road entry where s’mores, hot chocolate, hot cider, and other refreshments will be available.  

Park along Piper’s Hill Road and dress for the weather (as well as care against ticks) including long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and bring a blanket since the astronomers also will provide an opportunity to lie on the ground to identify some of the celestial bodies overhead.  While the event is free, please register in case of possible postponement due to rain. (Rain date: Sunday, October 28). Register at Because the Skywatch will occur in a dark environment, dogs are not permitted for this occasion to avoid any harm to attendees or pets.  

 Skywatch is organized by the Wilton Conservation Conservation Commission, in collaboration with Norwalk River Watershed Association, Wilton Garden Club, Wilton Land Conservation Trust and Woodcock Nature Center.

NRWA programs highlight the importance and features of the river and its watershed and ways people collectively and individually can improve the region. Programs are free, unless specified, but space may be limited; reservations are suggested. Call the leader listed or NRWA toll free at 877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463) for information, directions, and reservations. Hikers should always wear hiking shoes and bring water.