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NAUGATUCK RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

2015 PROJECTS


Summaries of 2015 projects and activities

To Enhance the Naugatuck River & its riparian environs, the river bank and Linden Park Greenway clean-up (from the Union City foot bridge to Maple Street bridge) in Naugatuck was completed in April.

In the spring, NRWA provided wood duck, tree swallow and bluebird nesting houses, poles and hardware to Will Cummings of Thomaston. Cummings owns of a mile of Naugatuck River frontage in Thomaston and is the chairman of the Naugatuck River Greenway in Thomaston. Cummings placed four bluebird houses along a section of the future Greenway.

Promoting of the Naugatuck River (including activities & events) was done on the NRWA website which was enhanced with new information and photos regarding Naugatuck River including its river towns, fauna, fishways, dams and falls and its tributaries.
Note: For the period 12/14-11/15—the NRWA website had 105,936 hits and 23,877 visits.

In the fall, seven Blue Bird Houses house kits and seven poles were delivered to Will Cummings for placement along his Naugy river-front property. The projects will be completed next spring.

Bee Shelters— Don Leveillee (NRWA carpenter) completed two and Boy Scout Troop 140 scouts built fifteen. The Troop gave NRWA three for its own placement next spring (making the total of five). All the shelters will be placed in the watershed next spring.
Summaries of 2015 projects and activities

To Enhance the Naugatuck River & its riparian environs, the river bank and Linden Park Greenway clean-up (from the Union City foot bridge to Maple Street bridge) in Naugatuck was completed in April.

In the spring, NRWA provided wood duck, tree swallow and bluebird nesting houses, poles and hardware to Will Cummings of Thomaston. Cummings owns of a mile of Naugatuck River frontage in Thomaston and is the chairman of the Naugatuck River Greenway in Thomaston. Cummings placed four bluebird houses along a section of the future Greenway.

Promoting of the Naugatuck River (including activities & events) was done on the NRWA website which was enhanced with new information and photos regarding Naugatuck River including its river towns, fauna, fishways, dams and falls and its tributaries.
Note: For the period 12/14-11/15—the NRWA website had 105,936 hits and 23,877 visits.

In the fall, seven Blue Bird Houses house kits and seven poles were delivered to Will Cummings for placement along his Naugy river-front property. The projects will be completed next spring.

Bee Shelters— Don Leveillee (NRWA carpenter) completed two and Boy Scout Troop 140 scouts built fifteen. The Troop gave NRWA three for its own placement next spring (making the total of five). All the shelters will be placed in the watershed next spring.
Summaries of 2015 projects and activities

To Enhance the Naugatuck River & its riparian environs, the river bank and Linden Park Greenway clean-up (from the Union City foot bridge to Maple Street bridge) in Naugatuck was completed in April.

In the spring, NRWA provided wood duck, tree swallow and bluebird nesting houses, poles and hardware to Will Cummings of Thomaston. Cummings owns of a mile of Naugatuck River frontage in Thomaston and is the chairman of the Naugatuck River Greenway in Thomaston. Cummings placed four bluebird houses along a section of the future Greenway.

Promoting of the Naugatuck River (including activities & events) was done on the NRWA website which was enhanced with new information and photos regarding Naugatuck River including its river towns, fauna, fishways, dams and falls and its tributaries.
Note: For the period 12/14-11/15—the NRWA website had 105,936 hits and 23,877 visits.

In the fall, seven Blue Bird Houses house kits and seven poles were delivered to Will Cummings for placement along his Naugy river-front property. The projects will be completed next spring.

Bee Shelters— Don Leveillee (NRWA carpenter) completed two and Boy Scout Troop 140 scouts built fifteen. The Troop gave NRWA three for its own placement next spring (making the total of five). All the shelters will be placed in the watershed next spring.


Conservationists Successful

On April 23, 2015 a hard working group of 19 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 sixth consecutive year (eleventh time) that the NHS ROTC has completed 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, two shopping carts, metal pipes & poles, a truck tires and plenty of light unsightly debris was removed from the river bank. (See photo.)

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 helped subsidized the project.


Photo by Bob Gregorski


Dave Leveillee (V.P. NRWA) installs a bluebird nesting house on the river bank in Thomaston with the aid of property owner Will Cummings.

 



Will Cummings stands beneath the wood duck nesting house on his Naugy River bank property in Thomaston.

 

Both projects were organized by the NRWA, supported by TROUT UNLIMITED N-P Chapter and the DEEP Wildlife Division.