NRWA River Stewards
River Steward Proposal to the Naugatuck Borough
Name: River Steward Partnership
From: Bob Gregorski president --Naugatuck River Watershed Association,
The River Steward Partnership (RSP) is pilot project
that I wish to initiate in the Borough. Essentially RSP would
have one or two volunteer River Stewards from the Borough who
would be the stewards of the waters in Naugatuck. The River Stewards
would be the leaders who would solicit help to conduct river clean-ups
from various Borough organizations. Note: There could be a River
Steward for each of the tributaries e.g. Cotton Hollow, Fulling
Mill and Longmeadow brooks.
The Partnership component would involve users
of the river who were not Naugatuck residents. I will help organize
those partners to work in concert with the River Stewards and
the Borough volunteer groups. Any group may initiate a river clean-up
activity. For example, prior to the Kayak Race volunteers who
are kayakers and/or canoers may want debris and hazards on the
riverbanks and in-river debris removed. Or prior to the Rubber
Duck Race, various groups may want to clean up the river near
the Maple Street Bridge. Or a group of anglers may choose to do
a clean up in October prior to the Naugy being stocked with salmon.
My background includes: one of the founders of the
Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter Trout Unlimited (chartered in 1976),
a founder of NRWA (incorporated in 1995); supervising three paid
Naugatuck River Stewards (1998-2004), assisted in organizing more
than 50 river clean-ups on the Naugy and some of its tributaries,
and have worked on improving the water quality and river riparian
habitat of the Naugy since 1984.
I believe the most effective stewardships are the
ones that people have an invested time and/or money to accomplish;
I call it ownership. And ownership can be contagious
and long lasting.
TU N-P & NRWA websites have some of the history
of work done to restore the Naugywww.naugawatshed.org and
If you wish more information about a River Steward
Partnership for any town, contact Bob Gregorski Email firstname.lastname@example.org.