“A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure”-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Municipal agencies in all eleven Naugatuck River towns, CT State and federal agencies have been working to restore the river since the Clean Water Act went into effect in 1977 and Water Quality Act of 1987. Here’s what the most active volunteer conservation groups have done and continue to do to Restore & Enhance the Naugatuck River’s fish and wildlife and promote its recreational and educational uses. (Number of years) - conservation ‘groups’ have been working to restore the NAUGY: (32) - Naugatuck Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited, a.k.a. Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter, (25) - Boy Scouts of America Troop 140 Oakville, (24) - Northwestern Chapter Trout Unlimited, (22) -the Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Inc., (11) -Naugatuck Valley Outdoor Club, (07)- Naugatuck High School Jr. ROTC and (05)- Naugatuck River Revival Group (started on Nov 10, 2011).

Four of those non-profit conservation organizations, which historically have been the volunteer driving force working to protect, restore and enhance the Naugatuck River, its tributaries and riparian habitat efforts are :Naugatuck Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited, a.k.a. Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter, Boy Scouts of America Troop 140 Oakville, Northwestern Chapter Trout Unlimited and the Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Inc. Collectively, they have sponsored more than 160 restoration projects in most of the eleven Naugatuck River towns. Several thousand volunteer conservationists from all walks of life completed those projects. In recent years other organizations joined in the restoration, enhancement and promotion of the river through greenways, riverside parks, river races, festivals, wildlife videos and a web sites dedicated to the Naugatuck River System.

Now that one of the worst polluted rivers in the country has been restored and its fish and wildlife abound, it’s time provide access to the river via Roadways, Walkways and Greenways so people can enjoy the recreational, educational benefits and the beauty of its flora and fauna that this natural treasure of 40 miles of winding, picturesque river which embraces 80 miles of riverbanks. Attending a river festival is one way of observing some of the conservation projects that have been completed and learn what is planned for the future.


 VISUAL paper, Styrofoam and plastic bags, cups and containers, tin and steel products, glass bottles, shopping carts furniture, newspapers, car parts, etc.

 Litter Longevity:


Outdoor life span

Cotton rags & paper

Four weeks

Wooden stakes

Four years

Wax paper cup

Fives years

Cigarette filters

15 years

Styrofoam cup

10 to 20 years

Plastic containers

50 to 70 years

Tin or steel cans

100 years

Glass containers


Rubber products


SOURCE: Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

 Chemical a variety of chemicals and decaying metal objects

 Biological human and animal waste products; decayed matter

 Siltation sand and soil run-off into waterways can build up in river bottoms and kill plant and aquatic life

 Thermal low water levels and high temperatures raise water temperatures into the 80s which can kill aquatic life.


Information provided by:

Naugatuck River Watershed Association Box 122 Middlebury, CT 06762