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CT's Shetucket River Water Trail is Now a National Water Trail
U.S. Senate Votes for "Wild and Scenic" Status for lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook (ctmirror.org)
Naugatuck River: 60 years after Flood of ’55, Torrington leaders ready to let Naugatuck River flow (The Register Citizen)
Still River: HVA Gets Grant to Help Develop Still River Watershed Management Plan
Naugatuck River: Fish Bypass at Tingue Dam in Seymour Open to Public (New Haven Register)
Quinnipiac River: QRWA Launches "Q RiverWatch" Program
Still River: Watershed Plan Underway for Still River
Housatonic River: "Wild and Scenic" Designation for Northern Section Under Consideration
Return To The Rivers: Connecticut's Waterways Reflect The State's History
Urban Rivers Can Come Back To Life


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Quinnipiac River: QRWA Launches "Q RiverWatch" Program

The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association is beginning a "Q RiverWatch" program to encourage citizens and residents of the watershed and beyond to report illegal or harmful activities. Citizens can help by reporting any suspicious behavior; odors; off-color water; dumping of garbage, chemicals, or other items into streams, ponds, or wetlands; and illegal digging or dredging. Other types of violations can include illegal discharges to the river or tributaries, illegal dumping, non-permitted diversions (withdrawals of water), threats to groundwater resources, non-point-source pollution (unregulated discharges that run into sewers, drainpipes, etc.), and problems with erosion control from ongoing development. All calls will be logged, and the appropriate local, state, or federal agencies contacted, including the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as municipal wetlands, environmental enforcement, and planning officials. To report suspected environmental violations, please contact QRWA member Steve Theriault at 860-302-8099. Tips may be anonymous; all others should leave their name and contact information to receive a follow-up call.


Urban Rivers Can Come Back to Life

Attention friends of Connecticut's urban rivers: University of Pittsburgh hydrologist Dan Bain reports that one of the largest urban-stream restorations in the United States has led to the recovery of fish and a groundswell of local support.

See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141217131443.htm

Bain's report is "Characterizing a Major Urban Stream Restoration Project: Nine Mile Run" (December, Journal of the American Water Resources Association). As described in Science Daily, the "Nine Mile Run ... had been truly abused by urbanization and industrialization. Toxins leached into the creek from a slag heap left over from the steelmaking process, sewer lines discharged into the water, and so much of the waterway had been buried in culverts or diverted from its natural path that Nine Mile Run had become toxic."

"The three-year restoration project involved rerouting the creek to a natural pathway, reestablishing flora, creating areas to catch floodwater, and building natural "slash piles" and "snags" from cut-down trees to create bird and animal habitats. It also involved infrastructure interventions: adding rain barrels to individual's homes, preventing some storm water from overwhelming the stream, and fixing parts of the underlying sewers."

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