NORWALK RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT SATURDAY, AUG 3 FROM 9 A.M. TO NOON MERWIN MEADOWS PARK, WILTON
Help restore the Norwalk River and improve habitat for wild trout by volunteering to install stream habitat along the river.
On Aug. 3, we will reshape the Norwalk River at Merwin Meadows Park at 52 Lovers Lane in Wilton. Using a technique known as conifer revetment, turns and pools will be restored to a river that is home to a wild trout population that needs our help.
Conifer revetments use discarded natural Christmas trees to shore up the banks, collect sediment and reroute the river. Volunteers anchor now-dead evergreens in the water along the banks. There they will trap sediment and build up the bank, extending land into the water and creating a curve in the river.
Conifer revetments also create important "edge habitat" in the river to provide cover and protection for juvenile wild brown trout to evade predators, survive high and low water and become large, spawning adults in just a few short years.
We will also contour and deepend pools by moving cobble and large rocks into structures designed to improve river habitat and the scouring of deeper water for trout.
Volunteers should wear pants and boots, or waders or water shoes if they want to help in the stream, as well as sunscreen and bug spray. The chapter will provide gloves, water, snacks and all the tools and equipment needed.