CT Residents’ Yard Waste Clog Fisherman’s Traps

SAT map Norwalk Harbor

The Hour.com: Chilled by the crisp harbor air, Dick Harris cranked a set of handmade gears to raise his trawl net from the water.

In the past, Harris, director of the Harbor Watch program, might have revealed an oyster toadfish, a seahorse or a hogchoker. On Friday afternoon, however, his net carried mud, seaweed, one slippery pipefish and autumn leaves.

The latter has become the target in a campaign to rehabilitate marine life here, with advocates—including state Senator Bob Duff, D-25—asking residents to refrain from dumping their foliage and yard clippings into storm drains.

“It’s a low-cost, no-cost solution,” said Duff.

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