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Join Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations, NRWA, Norwalk Land Trust & the Norwalk Public Library for this Webinar

December 1, 6:30PM. New Digital Conservation Mapping for Norwalk Neighborhoods and City Planners. REGISTER HERE. Learn about your neighborhood, and our city, at a glance. Common Council representative and member of the Norwalk Land Trust, Lisa Shanahan, and H2H Coordinator Katie Blake will demonstrate how we can all use these maps to better understand the conservation issues our city faces. Connectivity, Ecology, Urban Heat Island Effect, Equity and Social Factors, Flood Risk, Recreation Opportunities, and Public Health data were considered when creating the maps.

These maps are a resource available to help you plan and advocate for your community. Come learn how they can help you in:

              o Addressing areas most vulnerable to climate change

              o Identifying priority open space to protect    
              o Ensuring equitable access to nature
              o Creating connected corridors of wildlife habitat              

The maps are the result of The Norwalk Urban Conservation Mapping Pilot Project, an initiative of the H2H Regional Conservation Partnership in partnership with the Norwalk Land Trust. They were born out of a need for a new conservation mapping model that could be utilized by cities and towns across the H2H region to identify priority locations in need of conservation, protection, or restoration.

Protecting and Restoring Water Quality in the Comstock Brook & Norwalk River Webinar Series with Wilton Library & NRWA

Tuesday, December 8, 7PM. Restoring The Norwalk River: Working to Mediate 200 Years of Negative Impacts. REGISTER HEREKelly Nealon, a graduate student in the Integrated Biological Diversity program at Western Connecticut State University, has been working to introduce a species of native flowering aquatic plant to the Norwalk River in Wilton. This weird aquatic plant has declined in numbers drastically across the Northeast, likely a side effect of human impacts on water quality and aquatic ecosystems. The plant, known by its common name as “Hornleaf Riverweed” is nondescript in appearance, and typically goes unnoticed by those who might come across it. However, its importance to river ecosystems makes it a potentially critical tool in river restoration.

Kelly will discuss the project, her work with advisor Dr. Tom Philbrick (Western Connecticut State University), and collaborating partners Trout Unlimited (Mianus Chapter), and the Town of Wilton. She will speak about the ecology of the plant species, and how this plant can help support fish populations and contribute to improving water quality in the River. She will highlight the significance of the project, and how this work can help to revitalize a river that has historically suffered from human activity.

This talk is part of an on-going community-wide discussion around how we can all help protect and restore our rivers and streams.  The webinar series is presented by Norwalk River Watershed Association, Wilton Library, Wilton Land Conservation Trust, and Trout Unlimited Mianus Chapter. Click here to see past webinars. 

Wednesdays & Saturdays 9:30-11:30AM. Restoring the Gardens & Riverbank at Oyster Shell Park. Volunteers Needed for safe, outdoor, socially distanced, masked habitat restoration work for birds and pollinators! Join us along the Pollinator Pathway and the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Norwalk to help restore the riverbank and the gardens at Oyster Shell Park. 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. Meet at the playground on North Water Street near the intersection with Anne Street, between the Aquarium and the new mall. Make sure to register so we can notify you in case of cancellations. To register email Nancy at theperennialgardener@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed for Masked, Socially Distanced, Outdoor Project
The Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway is working on a 3-year meadow restoration project at town-owned McKeon Farm. Contact us at info@pollinator-pathway.org to join!
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.