June 26th: Pootatuck River and Deep Brook Stream Assessment Outing
The Pootatuck River and Deep Brook may be considered hidden gems of Newtown, but over the past decade they have experienced major change that has taken a serious toll on the wildlife inhabiting their waters. These streams are home to a vital population of wild brook and brown trout who depend on the cold, clean water that runs through the heart of town. Without these species much of the natural beauty and recreational potential of Newtown’s Pootatuck Watershed would be lost.
Due to declining habitat within the river, the Pootatuck Watershed Association, along with our TU chapter, are conducting assessments to better understand this changing system and prioritize restoration projects to help enhance the fishery. Volunteers of all ages and skill sets are needed Sunday June 26, to help revitalize these streams. Volunteers will be trained and will work with professionals to look for problems and to learn about the streams, how they are changing, and how we can help them. Most important, volunteers will help to enhance the health and beauty of our town’s watershed.
This event starts at 9 am and will most likely last until 3 or 4 pm. We will meet outside the Municipal Center in the Fairfield Hills campus located at 3 Primrose St. (East side of building, on D.G. Beers Boulevard, near the stairs). Volunteers should dress in outdoor/work clothes and be prepared to get their feet wet. Snacks and water will be provided, but participants should pack lunch and extra drinks if desired. Insect repellent and sunscreen will also be available for volunteers.
Please call 203-885-8075 for more information and to sign up.