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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Coming this spring...

Amphibian Walk - DATE CHANGE WEATHER POSTPONEMENT to Sunday, April 13, 1PM.


Join us in search of frogs and salamanders! Dave Havens of NRWA will begin with a short introduction on amphibians and how to spot them, then lead a woodland walk 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 first parking lot on the right, behind the ball field at St. Luke's School, 377 North Wilton Road, New Canaan. Tall, waterproof boots are suggested. All ages are welcome to this free event. Contact us at info@norwalkriver.org or 1-877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463) for reservations, information, to check for rain dates, or for further directions.

Saturday, April 5, 9 AM - 12 PM. Wilton's Annual Town-wide Cleanup.
More information here soon. Volunteers will clean up the roadsides and banks of the Norwalk River. Meet at the Gazebo on the Green in Wilton Center to receive garbage bags and work gloves.


Saturday, April 12. Keep Norwalk Beautiful Cleanup Day.
Once again, Keep Norwalk Beautiful is sponsoring Norwalk’s spring litter cleanup and neighborhood beautification program. They will provide gloves, bags, and litter grabbers (while supplies last) to those who volunteer to help cleanup the common areas and open spaces in Norwalk including parks, beaches, schools and streets. For more information, contact David Shockley, dshockley@norwalkct.org or 854-7810 ext. 46782.

Saturday, April 12, 8 AM to Noon. Georgetown Street and River Cleanup.
Sponsored by NRWA and Georgetown Village Restoration Inc. Meet on Main Street Georgetown at the North End of the Street (Georgetown Package Store vicinity) weather permitting. Please dress appropriately and bring your favorite implements for cleanup or weed clipping. Garbage bags will be provided. For more information including weather cancelation, please contact Ralph Bosch atBoschland@aol.comor (203) 943-1569.

Friday, April 25, 9 AM - 3:30 PM. The 23rd Annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit: Celebrating Long Island Sound's Past & Charting its Future.
Long Island Sound has seen much change since Adriaen Block sailed its length 400 years ago. Recognizing we were facing a tipping point, the 1994 Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) created a blueprint to protect and restore this culturally important estuary. The conference will bring together a variety of stakeholders, including businesses, universities, and members of the public, including NRWA’s Dave Havens, to discuss updating the blueprint for LIS based on the CCMP. The conference will feature scientific, cultural and community perspectives on the history and more importantly future of the Sound.
Held at Iona College, New Rochelle NY. For more information contact Brittany at bchamberlin-martin@savethesound.org.

Long Island Sound photo courtesy of Norwalk Patch
Long Island Sound photo courtesy of Norwalk Patch.

Friday, April 25, 8AM-4PM.  The 11th Biennial Long Island Sound Conference at The Maritime Aquarium.
The Southeastern New England Marine Educators Association (SENEME) will sponsor this event featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Yarish, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Marine Sciences, UCONN. The conference features the IMAX presentation, "Great White Shark," behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium, a marine life study cruise, and a variety of workshops. Information at senemeweb.wix.com/seneme.

Saturday, April 26. Festivities to Celebrate the Opening of a Norwalk River Valley Trail Demonstration Trail.
The NRVT steering committee is planning a party to mark the opening of their demo trail, which is intended for the residents of all five NRVT towns to get a feel of what the full-length trail will be like. It runs a half-mile from near Wilton's Orem's Diner up to Raymond Lane. There will be fun activities to acquaint young, and older, with all the NRVT offers. The event will take place during the course of the morning. More information at www.nrvt-trail.com.

Wilton Go Green, Sunday May 4.
Visit the NRWA table at this community-wide event that celebrates green living and includes live music, healthy food as well as educational and fun family activities. Held at the Town Green and Wilton Library, Wilton. For more info visit the Wilton Go Green website.

Friday & Saturday, May 9 & 10, 8AM-2 PM. Ridgefield Garden Club Plant Sale. Ballard Garden, Ridgefield.

Friday (12PM-7PM) & Saturday (9AM-12PM), May 9 & 10. Wilton Garden Club Plant Sale. At the gazebo on the Green in Wilton Center.

Exploring the River with NRWA as part of last Spring's Wilton Go Green Festival.

Wednesday, May 14, 7PM. NRWA Annual Meeting: Dick Harris of HarborWatch to Speak on Water Quality Improvements.
The public is invited to join us to learn more about and help celebrate recent victories in water quality improvement in the beautiful Norwalk River. Held at Gilbert & Bennett Community and Culture Center, 49 New St., Wilton. For more information contact us at 877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463) or info@norwalkriver.org.

Saturday May 17, 11AM - 3PM. The 2014 Connecticut Tree Festival.
This 7th annual festival offers family-style activities such as a rope tree climb for kids and showcases a diverse line-up of environmentally-minded exhibitors (including NRWA). Rain or shine, free admission. Cranbury Park, 300 Grumman Ave, Norwalk. Info at the Norwalk Tree Alliance website.

Sunday, June 8, 2PM. Nature Walk To Celebrate National Trails Day. Woodcock Nature Center.
National Trails Day and CT Trails Day Weekend is June 7-8 this year. Join NRWA and Woodcock Nature Center for a guided walk and discussion of the wildflowers and invasive species. Hike leaves from Woodcock Nature Center, 54 Deer Run Road, Wilton. Bring cameras, field glasses, boots and questions. To register or for more info call Woodcock at 203-762-7280 or NRWA at info@norwalkriver.org or 877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463).

Sunday, June 8, 10AM. NRVT Trails Day Hike
The Norwalk River Valley Trail will lead a hike from Broad Street in Norwalk up to iPark at the Norwalk-Wilton line on June 8th.  The 2.5 mile, easy hike will start at Broad Street, and may include an option to hike on to Wolfpit Road in Wilton. More information at www.nrvt-trail.com.

Saturday, June 14, 10AM-1PM. Shoreline Cleanup at Veterans Park Sponsored by NRWA and Ocean Blue @ Rex Dive Center.
Join us to help clean up the mouth of Norwalk River where it enters Long Island Sound at Veteran’s Park. Bring gloves and wear waterproof shoes. We will supply trash bags. For more information and to check for weather cancelation, contact NRWA at 877-NRWA- INFO (877-679-2463) or info@norwalkriver.org.

Saturday, August 2, 10 AM -12 PM. 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.



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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