The Norwalk Hour and News 12 Connecticut Shine a Spotlight on NRWA’s Fall Shoreline Cleanup at Oyster Shell Park.

Oyster Shell Park Clean Up
Volunteers from Builders Beyond Borders helped clean up Oyster Shell Park on September 20.

More than 35 volunteers helped pull over 550 pounds of trash from the Norwalk River, including 710 plastic bottles, 285 bottle caps and 168 plastic bags. The cleanup was part of International Coastal Cleanup day , an annual world-wide effort coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy, to not only clean up shorelines but also to sort, count and weigh the trash, in an effort to produce global statistics on what trash is going into our oceans.

Wilton Daisy Troop Spruces Up Rain Garden

Wilton Daisy Troop Helps Spruce Up Rain Garden
Wilton Daisy Troop worked at the Wilton Playshop Rain Garden

Thanks to Wilton Daisy Troop 50229 members Grace Couch, Mackenzie Northway and Emma-Hayes Setterlund for their good work planting native plants at the Wilton Playshop Rain Garden, designed and installed by Michael Dietz of UConn's NEMO Program.  The Scouts worked with Elizabeth Craig to add red Cardinal Flowers, Joe Pyeweed and ferns. 

You can make a difference every time it rains at your house, too.  Non-point source pollution (run-off from impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, roads and parking lots) has been cited by the US EPA as a major source of pollution for our waterways.  Rain gardens catch runoff, filtering it before it reaches rivers and streams.  For more information visit nemo.uconn.edu/raingardens.

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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Sunday, October 19 at 1 PM. Guided Nature Walk at Schenck’s Island in Wilton. 

Come learn about the fish in the Norwalk River and about the plants species, both invasive and native, that line its banks and flourish in its watershed.  Join us   Sunday for a hike guided through Schenck’s Island by Dean Keister, Vice President of the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  This is a free event and all ages are welcome. Meet at the parking lot at Schenk’s Island, across from the Stop & Shop Shopping Center at 5 River Road in Wilton.  Contact NRWA for more information at 877-NRWA-INFO or info@norwalkriver.org.


Friday, October 24, 5-8:30 PM. Howl Prowl at Woodcock Nature Center. 

Activities include hay rides, an owl presentation by NRWA's David Havens, and a wolf presentation featuring a real wolf. Sponsored by Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run in Wilton. The cost per family for this fundraiser is $40 (individuals are $20). Reservations are necessary. See woodcocknaturecenter.org for more info and call 203-762-7280 to register.










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.

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