Norwalk River Watershed Association

Saturday, April 27, 1PM. Vernal Pool Walk. Join us for an exploration of vernal pools and the many amphibians born there every spring. Dave Havens, environmental science teacher at St. Luke’s School and Vice President of NRWA will begin with a short introduction on amphibians and how to spot them, then lead a woodland walk along the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Wilton to visit vernal ponds coming to life with salamanders, newts, frogs and toads. Discover some of the many species in our area, search for eggs and tadpoles, and learn about amphibian development. Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Twin Oaks Lane in Wilton. Tall, waterproof boots are suggested. All ages are welcome to this free event. Register for this free event by emailing us at Rain date: Sunday, April 28. Space is limited.

Saturday, March 23, 11–4pm.  Zero Waste Faire at Wilton High School. Wilton Go Green is proud to announce the 2nd annual Zero Waste Faire, a special event designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and engage the town of Wilton and neighboring communities about zero waste living. By sharing information and ideas from speakers, exhibitors, media, and discussions of current issues, the Faire will help advance Zero Waste practices that benefit everyone. Visit Zero Waste Faire to learn about the Faire and the opportunities for exhibiting and/or sponsoring. NRWA will be there. Join us. 

Thursday, March 28, 7-9PM. Redding Pollinator Pathway is hosting a talk by DR. MITCH WAGENER – Dr. Wagener teaches climate ecology, entomology, and related courses at Western Connecticut State University. This is the first in a series of informational talks planned by the Redding Pollinator Pathway Sponsors: Highstead, New Pond Farm, Mark Twain Library, Redding Garden Club, Redding Land Trust, and Redding Conservation Commission. Refreshments will be served. Register here:

Thursday, April 11, 10AM-1PM. NRVT Spring Clean-up Along the River in Silvermine. Join us along with the Norwalk River Valley Trail steering committee, Keep Norwalk Beautiful, Grace Farms, and others to clean up this section of the trail since it will finally shed its isolated, orphan status and become part of the main stem trail once the “Missing Link” becomes a reality in the fall of 2019.  The Missing Link will connect Union Park to the sub-station at the intersection of Rt. 123 and Riverside Avenue (near exit 2 from the connector) giving us almost 3 miles of continuous paved trail from there to the Aquarium in SoNo. Meet at the Broad Street entrance to the trail, near the overpass.  Park along the road and try to carpool.  RSVP to

Monday, April 22, 6PM. The Pollinator Pathway: A Plan for Preserving Land, Water, and Wildlife Habitat in Norwalk. Join the Norwalk Land Trust for its Annual Meeting & Earth Day Presentation by NRWA’s president Louise Washer, who will talk about  the growing Pollinator Pathway in Norwalk and throughout the region.  Learn how neighborhoods and towns are creating connected pathways of habitat for pollinators by planting native plants and avoiding pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The talk is set for 7 p.m. to be preceded by refreshments at 6 p.m., and a presidential report by the NLT’s Seeley Hubbard. The venue is the Community Room at Norwalk’s City Hall. Open to the public free of charge. 


Saturday, April 27, 10:00AM. Norwalk’s Earth Day Cleanup. Please join Mayor Harry Rilling and Keep Norwalk Beautiful for the kick off of the Clean City Initiative at City Hall’s main entrance. This is a day for us to team up and demonstrate our common interests for a cleaner Norwalk. Keep Norwalk Beautiful has observed remarkable progress from these annual volunteer cleanup events. Through your participation they have identified and cleaned numerous habitually abused sites. Once identified the city will focus on prevention methods which often include contacting adjacent property owners, removing overgrowth and enforcement measures. Andrews Field parking lot is a good example of this as it is much cleaner now than in years past. Through the South Norwalk Citizen’s for Justice campaign the habitual dumping on Gray Rock Road was brought to their attention and cleaned. Working with the private sector they installed cameras which resulted in more than a dozen arrests for illegal dumping. This area has remained clean for the past six months. They have experienced similar results with habitually abused sites along the Norwalk River thanks to local environmental groups, including NRWA, and dedicated volunteers. Volunteerism is important for Norwalk and our everyday choices and actions collectively have a huge impact on our surroundings.  



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. 

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.

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.