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NAUGATUCK RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

2014 PROJECTS


Conservationists

Recently a hard working group of 38 Naugatuck High School (NHS), Air Force Junior ROTC cadets cleaned the east riverbank of the Naugatuck River and the Greenway Trail 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 fifth consecutive year (tenth time) that the NHS ROTC has completed spring and fall conservation projects along the Naugatuck River. Now trail walkers, paddlers, anglers and wildlife observers will have an improved scenic view of the river and its riparian habitat.

More than a dozen bags of light debris, a skateboard, metal soccer goal and net, truck tires, basketball, sneakers, lengths of board and 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. The Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter Trout Unlimited subsidized the project.

Photo by Joe Savarese

Participants were: Tabatha Genovese, Allysa Almanzar, Joe White, Chris Werner,
Lt Col Valerie Lofland, USAF (ret), Dan Solberg, Matt Pimpinelli, Logan Lowe, Alex Ortiz, Aliyah Tripp, Parthe Soni, Yulya Vermenych, Enid Velez, Gerry Kuchyt, Bailey Dionne, Nisa Silva, Ricky Silva, Nick Hernandez, Nick Testone, Arber Mustafa, Danny Pagan, Jonathan Romero, Anthony Sandri, Chad Cole, Dan Rodriguez, Joe Taveras, Anthony Perigini, Dave Roskosky, Justin Carignan, Allen Noss, Justin Lastra, Kevin Pimpinelli, Danny Taylor, Patricia Carvalho, Maria Rivera, Jada Illa, Juliana Damasceno, Grace Santiago, Anthony Sandri,MSgt Gary Morrone, USAF (ret).


Great Conservationists

Naugatuck River Banks and Greenway Cleaned-- Recently a hard working group of 23 Naugatuck High School, Air Force Junior ROTC cadets cleaned the east riverbank of the Naugatuck River and Greenway in Linden Park and west bank north of the Union City footbridge 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 ninth time this group has completed conservation projects along the Naugatuck River.

More than a dozen large bags of light debris, sofa, love seat, large metal pieces, swivel chair, 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 and subsidized by trout Unlimited Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter. Ron Tymula Manager of Student Transportation of America in Naugatuck donated the bus transportation.


Photo by Joe Savarese


AFJROTC Naugatuck High School River Clean Up at Linden Park/ 7 April 2014
Left-Right Chris Werner, Lt. Col Valerie Lofland USAF (ret), Joshua Robinson, Anthony Brill, Justin Carignan, Anthony Sandri, Allen Noss, Kevin Pimpinelli, Alex Tenbrink, Cheyanne Sandri, Jada Illa, Jared Sullivan, Aliyah Tripp, Jessica Rodriguez, Nick Hernandez, Jason Wargo, Enid Velez, Chris Farmassony, Patricia Carvalho, Alex Triscritti, Brian Moore, Leanne Blanc, Alex Ortiz, Joseph Taveras, and MSgt Gary Morrone USAF, (ret)


Boy Scouts Complete Conservation Projects

Last Saturday was the OPENING DAY of the Trout Fishing Season in Connecticut. While thousands of youngsters were out fishing, playing soccer or baseball, some dedicated Boy Scouts and their leaders were improving the environment for fish and wildlife. The scouts of Troop 140 Oakville, CT completed four conservation projects as a Troop-Self-Stewardship commitment to protecting and improving the riparian habitat of the Naugatuck River. A commitment they have honored for the last 22 years.

The following April 19 projects were subsidized by the Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Friends of the Naugatuck River and Trout Unlimited Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter. During its Annual River Bank clean up project in Waterbury, the Troop cleaned the West Bank of the Naugatuck River of debris from the Huntingdon Avenue Bridge south for about one mile. About a ton of unsightly debris was removed. Note: The other four projects were completed in the same areas.

In the Second Project completed that day, 45 existing Bird Nesting Boxes were cleaned out or removed and 20 new ones were put up. Now there are 50 blue bird/tree swallow, one wood duck and one owl house along that stretch of the river. In the Third Project the Scouts inspected tree bases that are protected with wire fencing from beavers felling them. The elimination of trees that shade the river’s waters increases thermal pollution, which has a negative impact on aquatic life.

The Fourth Project the Scouts recorded wildlife sightings, tree growth of previous plantings and flora including invasive plants. The information collected will assist the Troop in planning its 2015 projects in that location. A Fifth Project was to enhance the beauty of the river in the area between Route 8 and the Naugatuck River. Scores of flowering plants, hundreds of flower seeds and dozens of ground cover tubers were planted. Three students from Waterbury Arts Magnet School (WAMS) in Waterbury and one of the dads did all the planting.

Troop 140 is commended for its untiring commitment to enhancing the quality of life for people, fish and wildlife in the Naugatuck Valley.