Progress has been made on the North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan. Two years of background research (Baseline Assessment and Field Surveys) along with a table of DRAFT Goal/Objective Action Items are now posted on the North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan project website: www.NorthParkPlan.net.
According to a dispatch from Mary Rickel Pelletier, Public Outreach Coordinator North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan and Project Director, Park River Watershed Revitalization Initiative
in collaboration with the Farmington River Watershed Association, The North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan (draft) Action Items present the integrative relationship between measurable sustainability goals such as smart growth and safe, clean, neighborhood parks and open space; a healthy urban tree canopy that provides green infrastructure benefits; and a network of regional recreational trails that protect ecologically vibrant stream corridors. The North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan can compliment, inform, and advances in the on-going process or creating and re-creating livable communities.
The North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan will be a distinctly ‘urban’ approach to watershed management. Please feel welcome to post comments through the website, and forward this link to others. Contact Mary or other members of the Project Team if you have detailed recommendations to be added to the Action Items. The team is interested in recognizing ways in which nature can thrive in high-density (smart growth) urban context, with respect to human activities.
The Park and Farmington River watersheds meet along the Metacomet Ridge. The Park River watershed stretches east from the Metacomet Ridge to the Connecticut River. Waterways of West Hartford, Bloomfield, and parts of Farmington, Newington, New Britain, and Wethersfield, are within the Park watershed. The tributaries flow into the North and South Branches of the Park (or “Hog”) River,
which twists through six Hartford neighborhoods before disappearing underground. The entire (77 sq. miles) watershed pours into the Connecticut River through tunnels buried beneath the river’s namesake, Bushnell Park.