Norwalk River Watershed Association


Next meeting May 21, 9-11AM. Weekly Weed & Plant Parties at the Sedge Meadow.  Join us along the Pollinator Pathway and the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Wilton to weed the pollinator meadow and plant native shrubs.  Come learn how to identify invasive plants and natives that support our native pollinators.  Bring gloves, clippers, and a spade or shovel if possible.  Limited tools available. Meet at the corner of Sharp Hill and Autumn Ridge Road.  Register here, so we can contact you in case of weather cancelation. 

Wednesday, May 15, 7PM. Undamming Our Rivers: The Return of Migratory Fish to the Norwalk River and Other CT Streams. Join us for a talk at the Wilton Library by Steve Gephard, Supervising Fisheries Biologist at the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). With the Flock Process Dam in Norwalk (pictured) now removed and plans underway to take down the Merwin Meadows dam in Wilton, our river is opening up once again to migratory fish.  Steve will talk about the history of fish in the Norwalk and other CT rivers and the changes we can expect as fish are once again able to head for their historic spawning habitats after a 150-year absence. This talk will serve as the NRWA 2019 Annual Meeting.  All are welcome.  Please register through the Wilton Library. 

Select Wednesdays & Saturdays All Summer, 10AM-12PM. Help Restore the Gardens at Oyster Shell Park.  Join us along the Pollinator Pathway and the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Norwalk for weeding parties.  Come learn how to identify invasive plants and also the beautiful natives that support our native pollinators.  Bring gloves, clippers, and a spade or shovel if possible.  Limited tools available. Meet at the playground on North Water Street near the intersection with Anne Street, between the Aquarium and the new mall.  Register here, so we can contact you in case of weather cancelation.

Meeting dates (10AM-12PM):

Wednesday, May 15

Saturday, June 1, 

Wednesday, June 12

Saturday, June 29

Wednesday, July 10

Saturday, July 27

Wednesday, August 14

Saturday, August 31

2nd Annual Mutt Strut Challenge!
Saturday, May 18, 9 AM – 12 Noon
Come out with your canine companions for some fresh air and fun, while raising money to extend and improve the Norwalk River Valley Trail!
  • Complete the Challenge–a 1-mile hike–and be entered to win a grand prize 
  • Or, pass on the challenge and enjoy a leisurely walk along the trail with your best friend 
  • Join the NRWA Water Dogs team when you sign up!
  • Preserve your memories at the dog selfie station 
  • Enjoy food truck refreshments
  • Make new friends-both hound and human 
  • Have fun!
Norwalk River Valley Trail Mutt Strut at 2 Locations:
Wilton: Wilton Loop (Rte. 7 & Wolfpit Rd) 
Norwalk: Lockwood Mathews-Maritime Aquarium


Saturday, May 18, 10-3. Silvermine Neighborhood Tag Sale. This year the Neighborhood Association of Silvermine Homeowners (NASH) is partnering with the Silvermine Community Association to you bring the third anual tag sale. If you live in Silvermine and would like to participate by having a tag sale at your home please call Linda Lee at 203-846-1034. The cost to participants is $10 which will cover the cost of publicity and a lawn sign.  Maps of Silvermine with the locations of the tag sales will be sold at the Silvermine school the morning of the tag sale for one dollar each. If you would like to participate but can not hold the tag sale at your location, we may be able to supply a location for you.  Hoping you can join us!

Saturday, May 18, 10AM-1PM. Spring Market at the Potting Shed. Join the Rowayton Gardeners for how-to garden demos, creative kids activities, and more.  Gorgious annuals and locally sourced native perennials will be available to help you join the Pollinator Pathway in Rowayton! Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Ave, Norwalk.

Wednesday, May 22, 7-8PM. The Pollinator Victory Garden. Mark Twain Library, Redding. Kim Eirman of EcoBeneficial will give the second talk in a series given by the Redding Pollinator Pathway Sponsors. The subject of Kim’s talk is “The Pollinator Victory Garden.” She will discuss the various pollinators and how Redding residents can help “win the war on pollinator decline.” All are welcome to this free event. Register here. 

Thursday, May 23, 7- 8:30PM. The health of Long Island Sound, Its Harbors and our Rivers. Norwalk Land Trust, Rowayton Gardeners, and Rowayton Library will present this forum at Rowayton Community Center which is the fourth segment of their “Our Earth: Your Call” series on environmental impacts and how we can make a difference. There is no fee to attend, but we ask you to register online here .

Monday, June 24, 8AM-6PM. bioFASHIONtech Summit. Sponsored by Redding-based  TILL (Today’s Industrial Living Landscapes), bioFASHIONtech is the inaugural annual summit for ecological fashion natives — the new generation of designers making planetary well-being not just a goal of our design (i.e., “do less harm”) but the defining impulse of our creative work and framework for its production.

The summit brings together makers and thought leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs, investors and retailers working at the forefront of emerging technologies for experimental textiles, new systems of community-based manufacturing, and business model innovation.

Within one year, Gen Z will outstrip millennials as the most populous generation, comprising 32% of the population. Combined, we are market force. Our values count. Millennials and Gen Z are rightfully branded as mission-driven and impact-oriented. “Good fashion” is not good enough for an industry declared by the 2018 UN Economic Commission for Europe as an environmental emergency.

Our quest for products and processes that heal and restore ecological balance goes beyond mere sustainability. We are inspired, and compelled, by the pragmatic recognition that our lives depend on it.

Register here. Your ticket gains you entry to the event, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, all day coffee + tea, and hors d’oeuvres + open bar (21+) during the networking hour.

Monday, July 1, 7 PM. Making a Garden For the Birds. Join us for an Author Talk with Margaret Roach who will be signing copies of her new book A Way to Garden which will be available for sale at the event.  “What started out decades ago as merely a semi-conscious wish to see more birds while I started a garden on a former blank canvas, ended up bringing about 68 avian species into the garden each year, each in its own time, with a smaller but substantial number nesting in it or at its periphery,” says Margaret Roach. “I’ll share all my “if I knew then what I know now” aha’s about setting realistic aims (no, not every site is going to attract bluebirds no matter how many boxes you buy!) and accomplishing them—all within the context of a visually pleasing home landscape.” This program is co-sponsored with Ridgefield Library, Books on the Common, Caudatowa Garden Club, Woodcock Nature Center, Norwalk River Watershed Association, and the Pollinator Pathway. Please register at

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.