CT River Watershed Group Completes Major Projects in 2015

Photo by CT River Watershed Council
Photo by CT River Watershed Council

The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) completed several major river restoration projects in 2015 across the 4-state Connecticut River watershed (NH, VT, MA & CT).

CRWC completed the following projects, together with volunteers and partner organizations, in 2015:

  • Removal of an old dam on the Wells River in Groton, VT that was blocking fish passage and cutting off the river’s access to a floodplain forest
  • Replacement of an undersized, perched culvert on Abbott Brook in Strafford, VT with a larger flood and fish friendly structure
  • Planted 3,000 native trees and shrubs in NH, VT and MA to help reduce erosion, filter pollutants, and improve wildlife habitat in streams and along riverbanks
  • Cleaned up 50 tons of trash, including 1,437 tires, by 2,296 volunteers in all four states as part of CRWC’s 19th annual Source to Sea Cleanup
  • Sampling 65 locations in four states (NH, VT, MA and CT) in a single day to measure nutrient pollutants and guide solutions to environmental problems in our rivers
  • Tested bacteria levels weekly from late May to early October at five locations in MA. Worked with 15 partners to share bacteria test results for over 130 locations in all four states online (www.ConnecticutRiver.us) for river users

“Every year our goal is to make real, on-the-ground improvements throughout the watershed,” says CRWC’s Executive Director Andrew Fisk. “Our job is to find environmental problems and help solve them. We do that by bringing money, expertise, and commitment to the table. Thanks to all our funders, partner organizations and volunteers who help make these projects possible. ”