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Wednesday, July 27th, 7:00pm.  Turf to Tap: How to Manage Your Lawn to Protect Water. In person at the Wilton Library.  REGISTER HERE. Over 50 million acres of land in the continental US has some form of lawn on it. Unfortunately, lawns provide little to no habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Lawns are often treated with fertilizers and pesticides which end up in our wetlands, rivers, and the Sound, and their root systems are too shallow to effectively filter stormwater runoff. Neighborhoods around Wilton are starting to rethink their lawns. The Norwalk River Watershed held three landowner forums throughout the early. summer, facilitating discussions around lawn to meadow conversion, dam removal and riparian buffers, No Mow May and pollinator habitats. Join the Norwalk River Watershed Association for a culmination of all three events that have taken place across Wilton highlighting the impacts of lawn management in the Comstock Brook Watershed. (Left, the site of a Wilton dam removal and future vegetated buffer planting to protect drinking water headed in Comstock Brook.)

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

This project is made possible in part by a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Service with funding provided by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. EPA.
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 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.