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NAUGATUCK RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

2013 PROJECTS


Great Conservationists

Naugatuck River Banks and Greenway Cleaned-- Recently a hard working group of 26 Naugatuck High School, Air Force Junior ROTC cadets cleaned the east riverbank of the Naugatuck River and Greenway in Linden Park in Naugatuck. Master Sergeant Gary Morrone, USAF (ret) and Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Lofland, USAF (ret) led the cadets in this effort to improve the quality of life in the Naugatuck River Valley. This the eight time this group has completed conservation projects along the Naugatuck River.

More than a dozen large bags of light debris, a shopping cart and tires, metal barrel, a rug, several lengths of pipe and rusted metal debris were removed. The project was organized by Joe Savarese and Bob Gregorski of the Naugatuck River Watershed Association and sponsored by the Borough of Naugatuck including the Mayor's office, Public Works and Recreation Departments. Ron Tymula Manager of Student Transportation of America in Naugatuck donated the bus transportation.

Photo by Joe Savarese

From Top Left: Allen Noss, Kevin Pimpinelli, Josh Robinson, Anthony Brill, Chad Cole, Jason Wargo, Chris Werner and, Kevin Johnson.

From Middle Left: Anthony Sandri, Luis Zamot, Noah Desantis, Parthe Soni, Chris Farmassony, Joe Tavares, Logan Lowe, Jared Sullivan and, Benjamin Reinhard.

From Bottom Left: Lt Col Valerie J. Lofland, USAF (ret) Kaitlyn Barry, Dan Solberg, Grace Santiago, Leanne Blanc, Nick Testone, Enid Velez, Aaliyah Tripp, Erin Schofield, Jessica Rodriguez and MSgt Gary Morrone, USAF (ret).

Award & Grant--

The NAUGATUCK RIVER GREENWAY STEERING COMMITTEE (NRGSC) received the 2013 Silver Medal Award from the Valley Chamber of Commerce and a $500 Grant from Valley Foundation. NRWA, Inc. is an active member NRGSC.

NRWA, Inc. Website usage. Total number of HITS:

2011 67,383 2012 105,823 2013 Jan.-Oct. 100,797

Steele Brook Greenway - NRWA, inc. donated 100’s of flowering plants and nesting houses: 6 bluebird, 1 wood duck and one owl house

NAUGATUCK RIVER GREENWAY STEERING COMMITTEE (NRGSC)-NRWA, Inc. an active member and has participated in monthly meetings chaired by John Monroe of the National Park Service. Bob Gregorski, NRWA president toured the Thomaston Dam and Army Corps property to a better understand flood control and observe possible greenway locations in Thomaston and Harwinton.

Cold Springs Road in Beacon Falls had been closed to traffic for 18 months. NRWA was proactive by having discussions with representatives from DOT, DEEP State Forest and Bureau of Natural Resources regarding the opening of the road and access to fishing and the picturesque Spruce Brook Ravine hiking trail. NRWA is one of many advocates that worked to get the road open. Cold Springs Road was opened to public travel on November 13, 2013.

CT State Forest and Greenway Programs—NRWA, Inc. supported the DEEP in its grant application regarding signage for the Naugatuck Greenway.

National Park Service—NRWA, Inc supported John Monroe to continue to be assigned to the Naugatuck River System/Valley for 2014.

Annual Kayak River Race, Duck Race and River Festival—NRWA, promoted those events and participated at the Festival with conservation displays.

NRWA, Inc. Web Site-- The site has been up-graded and has comprehensive information regarding the Naugatuck River Watershed and its: River Towns, Fish And Wildlife, historical video, scenic images and conservation.


Scouts Clean Waterbury River Banks

Prior to the first Naugatuck River Greenway Paddle Day (May 11, 2013) in Waterbury, Boy Scouts of Troop 140 SAINT MARY MAGDALEN CHURCH, OAKVILLE and four troop leaders cleaned about a mile of the area between Route 8 and the river starting at Huntingdon Avenue Bridge. A variety of unsightly debris was removed making that section of the riverbanks cleaner for people paddling through and wildlife that abounds in that riparian habitat.

All the blue bird/ tree swallow nesting house that were in place from last spring were cleaned out and repaired. Several new houses were erected to attract blue birds and tree swallows. For at least 15 years, swallows have been nesting in the houses erected by the scouts. The Naugatuck River Watershed Association working in cooperation with the DEEP Wildlife Division provided the bird nesting houses. It’s a NRWA/DEEP program to encourage blue birds and tree swallows to establish greater populations in the Naugatuck River Watershed, particularly along the Naugatuck River and its tributaries.




Photo by Bill Fitzpatrick

Naugatuck River Banks Cleaned (4/25/13)--A hard working group of 27 Naugatuck High School (NHS), Air Force Junior ROTC cadets cleaned the east riverbank of the Naugatuck River in Linden Park in Naugatuck. Master Sergeant Gary Morrone, USAF (ret) and Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Lofland, USAF (ret) led the cadets in this effort to improve the quality of life in the Naugatuck River Valley. This the eight time the NHS ROTC has completed conservation projects along the Naugatuck River. Paddlers racing down the river during the Naugatuck Valley River Race and race observers will have an improved scenic view of the river and its riparian habitat.

More than a dozen bags of light debris, a bike, a truck tire, pieces of board and several lengths of plastic and metal pipes were removed. The project was organized by Joe Savarese and Bob Gregorski of the Naugatuck River Watershed Association (NRWA) and sponsored by the Borough of Naugatuck including the Mayor’s office, Public Works and Recreation Departments. Ron Tymula Manager of Student Transportation of America in Naugatuck donated the bus transportation.

In addition, five bird-nesting houses were placed in trees along the river and Greenway. The houses were built by the cadets with wood and plans from the DEEP Wildlife Division in a cooperative program with NRWA.

Participants were: Blake Bevilaque, Anthony Brill, Kiana Carignan, Patricia Carvalho, Zachary Colangelo, Chad Cole, Skyler Crabtree, Kevin Crouse, Noah Desantis, Stephanie Flores, Julian Jiminez, Kevin Johnson, Jerry Kuchyt, Serena Mam, Saleena Na, Kevin Pimpinelli, Brandon Pomerenk, Jessica Rodriguez, Anthony Sandri, Steven Santos, Austin Scatena, Daniel Solberg, Parthe Soni, Colby Storm, Aliyah Tripp, Alex Triscritti, Enid Velez, Julia Vermenych, Lt Col Valerie Lofland and MSgt Gary Morrone.

Photo by Joe Savarese