River Stewards Programs 2014

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

Since 2009, the Naugatuck River Watershed Association (NRWA) has offered opportunities to establish a River Steward Program (RSP). This no-cost, educational program is extended to all conservation and community service organizations interested in the restoration and preservation of the Naugatuck River. In addition, the RSP is offered to all municipalities that border the river along its length.

Collaboration between the NRWA and the Naugatuck High School Junior ROTC is a good example of the RSP. Each spring and fall since 2010, the NRWA and the ROTC have worked together in organizing clean-ups and restorative efforts along the banks of the river in Naugatuck's Linden Park and its newly completed Greenway. These endeavors help beautify and restore the riverbanks. The removal of debris and trash prepares the banks for the planting of flowers, grasses and cuttings of willow bushes which stabilize the river banks and control soil erosion. Adding to this undertaking, the Cadets build, erect and maintain a variety of birdhouses needed to support and enhance the river's bird population. The ROTC three-facet plan will continue in 2014.

Publicity coverage for the ROTC accomplishments has appeared in a number of media outlets, including VOICES, Naugatuck Patch, My Citizen News and Middlebury Bee Intelligencer. Other photos and stories were posted on the NRWA & naugatuckriver.net websites. To further promote these activities, a press release was sent to John Monroe-National Park Service, Torrington Conservation, Burrough of Naugatuck, Boy Scout Troop 140, Steele Brook Greenway, Friends of the Naugatuck River, Naugatuck River Greenway Steering Committee and Kayak/Canoe Race & River Festival Committee.

Other organizations and groups with an interest in the conservation and enhancement of wildlife and flora in the Naugatuck River Watershed have also been assisted by the NRWA.

For further information, contact the NRWA at bobnrwa@hotmail.com

For other conservation-work photos of the NHS ROTC, view Activities/Programs/Projects--2011, 2012 and 2013 on the NRWA HOME PAGE. http://www.naugawatshed.org.