The Mianus Chapter has received a grant of $8,500 through the Trout Unlimited national Embrace A Stream grant program for its Schenck’s Island Habitat Improvement Project. Volunteers from the chapter will use the funds to restore the Norwalk River in Wilton in order to enhance vital trout habitat.
The grant from Embrace A Stream will be matched by a $10,000 grant provided by Patagonia in Westport and another $2,500 through the Orvis retail store in Darien.
Along with the grants it has received, the Mianus Chapter will also be entered in the Embrace A Stream Challenge, a week-long online fundraising contest running Nov. 6-12 and sponsored by Orvis and Trout Unlimited to provide an additional $50,000 in cash prizes to these important conservation and education projects. To help the Mianus Chapter win additional funds for the Schenck’s Island Habitat Improvement Project visit www.embraceastream.org from Nov. 6-12 and make a donation of as little as $10 to help unlock prizes ranging from $250 to $5,000.
The Schenck’s Island Habitat Improvement Project will address issues of erosion and stream channel widening due to flood events along nearly a half-mile of the Norwalk River in Schenck’s Island. The project will also increase and improve in-stream habitat for trout and other aquatic life in the river through the creation of deep pools and natural stone and wood structures. Additionally, thousands of native trees and shrubs will be planted along the river in the park to improve the riparian buffer that helps stabilize the streambanks to prevent erosion, filters stormwater runoff from polluting the waters and creates shade and canopy to keep the river cool.
In addition to the crucial improvements to the stream, the chapter will also leverage the high public use at the park with informational and educational kiosk, angler and park user access points along the river and other features designed to enhance the park user experience and improve community awareness of the importance of protecting the Norwalk River.
LOCAL RIVER RESTORATION PROJECTS Since 1973, the Mianus Chapter has been restoring local rivers and improving habitat for trout and other aquatic life.
In recent years, work has focused on the Norwalk River, where the chapter has protected a spawning wild brown trout population, and on the Mianus River, where work on our namesake stream continues to enhance the fishing and improve the river.
MIANUS CHAPTER GEAR Fish the local rivers in style and proclaim your support for local river restoration with new Mianus Chapter gear.
Fishing caps available in Navy, Green, Khaki, Black and Red feature the chapter logo on the front and the words "Coldwater Conservation" on the back. Light-weight fishing shirts, available in White, Light Blue and Green, are perfect for a day on the stream.