Exploring the Naugatuck River made easier

Feb 21st, 2014 | By | Category: River, Water
 Boaters, fisherman, hikers and bikers will soon have more information on available recreational and greenway opportunities along the Naugatuck River because of a $6,000 grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF). CCF awarded the grant to the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) on behalf of the Naugatuck River Greenway Steering Committee to expand the Naugatuck River Web site.
Other funders include ION Bank; Aquarion Water Company; Wesson Energy, Inc.; Thomaston Savings Bank; Valley Community Foundation; and Connecticut Outdoors.
Since the Web site’s launch, the most popular sections are related to “getting out on the river,” the events calendar, the “Explore” section, interactive mapping of recreational opportunities and greenway information.
HVA Water Protection Director Michael Jastremski said, “There is widespread agreement among current users of the site that its most important function is getting people out to enjoy the Naugatuck. We’ll use this funding to make the site an even better resource for planning river trips by making it easier for people to use the Web site to communicate with each other about river-related activities and issues. We’ll also make it easier for river users to communicate with website administrators to add river-related content, and keep the site current. We’ll also be updating and adding new information related to hiking and biking along the Naugatuck River Greenway, boating, fishing, and other river-based recreation activities.”
The Naugatuck River Web site was launched in May 2012 with seed funding from CCF and local sponsors. The Web site, www.naugatuckriver.net, was developed to help river towns come together as one watershed community, tell the ongoing story of the river’s restoration, and promote its recreational opportunities including the Naugatuck River Greenway.
Recreational activities now include boating, fishing, hiking and biking. Interactive maps will provide detailed information on points of interest such as trailheads, launches and parking, photos, river conditions, and outfitters and suppliers. New sections to the greenway will also be updated.
The CCF focuses its resources and services on students, nonprofits and donors in 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.
HVA, a nonprofit citizen’s environmental group founded in 1941, works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of its communities by protecting and restoring the land and waters of the Housatonic watershed from its source in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts area to Long Island Sound. HVA monitors water quality throughout the watershed, adds sections to the Housatonic Greenway which links preserved space along the Housatonic River corridor with hiking and biking trails, and uses computer mapping to help towns measure the impact and benefits of land use and development. HVA also sponsors the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative to protect more land across northwest Connecticut. It has offices in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut; South Lee, Massachusetts and Wassaic, New York.

Explore NaugatuckRiver.net and you will find information about environmental and Naugatuck River-related events occurring in the Naugatuck River Valley; where you can access the Naugatuck River to paddle, fish, and hike including maps of the river; and the latest news about exciting projects and activities underway in all eleven towns along the Naugatuck River!

Feel free to share your story, history of the river or photo. Submit your photos or news announcements to the website by email: naugatuckwebsite@hvatoday.org

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