Events Calendar

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.

NRWA 2014 Upcoming Events


Thursday, September 18, 8AM-3:30PM. Emerald Ash Borer Field Tour.

EAB is an invasive insect that kills ash trees. It has already spread to six of Connecticut's eight counties. The tour will begin at the Southbury Firehouse, 461 Main St. South, at 8 a.m. (coffee and donuts provided), with updates from representatives of The CT Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and CT DEEP. The group will then visit several sites with infested trees. The emphasis will be on ID and specific indicators. There will also be a field demo of EAB control techniques. Lunch is available at the firehouse. After lunch, the group will visit the Southbury Garage to view infested logs and the insects up close. CEU credits for arborists and forest practitioners and tree wardens are planned. If you are interested in attending, email Chris Donnelly at CTPA is requesting a donation of $20 to cover expenses. Dress appropriately. For more info, visit for a detailed agenda. The rain date is Sept. 19.

Saturday, September 20, 9:30AM to 3PM. Oyster Shell Park Shoreline Cleanup.

Come help clean up Oyster Shell Park!  Afterwards we will weigh the collected, bagged trash, categorize it and report it the Ocean Conservancy to help them track and eliminate ocean debris as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers meet at Heritage Park by Ann and North Water Streets in Norwalk. Waterproof footwear advised. Families welcome. Rain date: Sunday September 21. The residents of Jefferson at 55/77 Water have kindly offered pizza and sandwiches in their clubhouse, restroom access and limited parking at 55 Water Street for all volunteers. Co-sponsored by NRWA, Norwalk Land Trust, HarborWatch at Earthplace and Jefferson at 55/77 Water. For more info, call 877-NRWA-INFO.

Sunday September 21. People’s Climate March in New York City.

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging govern-ments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramat-ically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we'll take a stand to bend the course of history. We'll take to the streets to demand change. Wilton Go Green is organizing a group to travel together by Metro North. More info at and

Tuesday, September 23, 7PM to 8:30PM. The Heart of the Amazon: Indigenous People of Columbia and Their Role in Conservation.

NRWA board member Daryl Hawk hosts Dr. Martin von Hildebrand, a leader in efforts to secure indigenous territorial rights and protect the Amazon tropical forest, who will present this talk as part of the The Green Speaker series, co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. There is no charge but please register in advance. For more information, call 203-762-3950, x213.

Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, Sept. 28, 11AM to 5PM. Audubon Greenwich’s HawkWatch Festival & Green Bazaar.

Come celebrate the annual hawk migration over Audubon Greenwich’s “Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch.” There will be live birds of prey shows, games and activities for all ages, eco-friendly business exhibits, great food and music. Rain or shine. More info at

Tuesday, October 7, 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Invasive Plants 2014: Where Are We Now?

This symposium will be presented by the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working group (CIPWG).  People with all levels of interest and experience are invited to attend.  Held at the UConn Student Union in Storrs, CT.  The keynote address will be given by Dr. Sarah Reichard, Professor and Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Attendees are advised to register early. The fee is $45 – EARLY postmarked or online by September 8; $55 – REGULAR postmarked or online after September 8; $25 – STUDENT (must bring current ID). More info at; or contact Donna Ellis at (860) 486-6448;

Friday, October 24, 5:00 PM. Howl Prowl at Woodcock Nature Center, Featuring NRWA’s Owl Table.

Environmental science teacher, Dave Havens, will discuss local owls and their habitat, featuring a few permanent Woodcock residents. Other activities include hay rides and a wolf presentation featuring a real wolf at 6:30. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Woodcock is at 54 Deer Run, Wilton. For dates, more information, and reservations call 877- NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463).





CT DEP Proposed Stream Flow Regulations published

The proposed regulations will establish new guidelines for activities that alter the flow of rivers and streams, such as withdrawals of groundwater and surface water or the operation of dams or other impoundments. The proposed regulations would establish four categories, or classes, of rivers and streams, ranging from Class 1 natural waters to Class 4 urbanized waters. Due to the balancing of river and stream water uses with in-stream flow needs, the proposed regulations would be phased in over a period of time; grant the regulated community sufficient time to implement flow releases; and allow for public participation and input in the many decisions – including the establishment of the various classes of rivers and streams – that will be made. See the Press Release at

Norwalk Sewage Treatment Plant is Getting an Upgrade
You can read the article at




April 26 - Weston
Public Works Facility (8:30am - 12:30pm) 78 Old Hyde Road

May 10 - Greenwich
Greenwich High School (8am - 1pm) 25 Hillside Road

June 7 – Darien
Noroton Heights RR Station (9am - 1pm) South Side Parking lot, Hollow Tree Ridge Road

July 19 – Stamford
Rippowam Middle School (9am - 2pm) 381 High Ridge Road

September 6 - Norwalk
Norwalk High School (8am - 2pm) 23 Calvin Murphy Drive

September 20 - New Canaan
Wastewater Treatment Plant (8am - 2pm) 349 Main Street

October 4 - Westport
Yard Waste Site (9am - 2pm) 180 Bayberry Lane

October 25 - Wilton
Miller/Driscoll School (9am - 3pm) 214 Wolfpit Road

The website of the Town of Greenwich Connecticut provides information on the hazardous waste collection dates for the above Connecticut towns.








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