NRWA Awarded Grant For Improvements At Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton From CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Merwin Meadows Park erosion
Erosion along the Norwalk River at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton

NRWA has received a Clean Water Act Section 319h Nonpoint Source grant award of $20,700 to support plans for abating the flow into the Norwalk River of runoff from the roadway and parking lot at Merwin Meadows. Our goal is to reduce runoff and erosion, improve water quality, and raise awareness about how runoff from pavement compromises the water quality of our rivers and the Long Island Sound. More information available here soon.

NRWA Supports the Removal of the Flock Process Dam

Flock Process Dam
Photo courtesy of The Norwalk Hour

Hotel Zero Degrees owner, Bill Burnham, whose restaurant overlooks the falling water of the dam, has argued against removal of the dam. NRWA believes that the dam should be removed in order to begin to restore the river to its natural state. Dam removal would increase anadromous fish passage upstream, increase flooding resilience, and eliminate the risks of dam failure. See our letter to the editor in the Norwalk Hour or in the Connecticut Plus. For more information on the history of dams on the Norwalk River, click here.

NRWA Works with REI to Enhance Hiking Trail


Last fall local volunteers, REI and NRWA planted nine native Connecticut trees along the section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail between Union Park and Mathews Park in Norwalk. Volunteers cleaned up the trail and cut back invasive plant species. Watch for more opportunities this spring to help enhance trails and river banks in the watershed.

NRWA Helps Install Model Rain Garden in Wilton

Rain Garden Cross Section

In partnership with UCONN’s NEMO program, NRWA and volunteers from the community created a model rain garden at the Wilton Play Shop on Lover's Lane in Wilton. Rain gardens catch and help filter contaminants from storm water runoff from roofs, parking lots and other impervious surfaces before they reach rivers and other waterways. For more information on rain gardens, visit this site.

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Saturday, August 2, 10am -12pm. Butterflies! (Rain date: August 3)

Butterfly on flower.

Victor DeMasi, lepidopterist, research affiliate for Yale’s Peabody Museum and NRWA Advisory Board member, has been studying butterflies and moths in an area along the Norwalk River since 1977. He will introduce area butterflies and moths, discuss their food and habitats and show his remarkable collection. Meet at 10 Simpaug Turnpike, Redding, a half-mile east of Rt. 7. Easy walk. For reservations, contact DeMasi at 203-448-0106 or victormonarch@yahoo.com.


Saturday, September 20, 9:30am to 3pm. Oyster Shell Park Shoreline Cleanup.

Join the Norwalk River Watershed Association and The Norwalk Land Trust on International Coastal Cleanup Day. Collected, bagged trash will be weighed, categorized and reported to Save the Sound and the Ocean Conservancy to help in their efforts to track and eliminate ocean debris. Volunteers meet at Heritage Park by Ann and North Water Streets in Norwalk. Waterproof footwear advised. Families welcome. Rain date: Sunday, September 21. For more information, call 877-NRWA-INFO.







The relatively short Norwalk River has great aesthetic, historic, cultural, recreational, economic, and environmental significance in its seven Fairfield and Westchester County watershed towns. The river impacts our lives and livelihoods, our activities, and assets. Its health ensures the health of its communities.

The Norwalk River Watershed Association is actively working to improve the health of this river. NRWA invites you to support its projects, programs, and actions to improve the watershed for the benefit of present and future generations.

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