Please take the time to view this video on Nutrient Pollution produced by the EPA. This is the season where we will be experiencing the impact of excessive nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, in our waters. More information and test data on local nutrient levels will be posted soon so check back!
We added a drop down menu under "What'New" for "Special Studies & Projects". This section will include long-term projects that we will follow over time as they develop or studies that have reference value.
Just posted this June under Special Studies & Projects -
CT DEEP Introduces New Focus on Water Quality
We've incorporated a slide show for you that identifies the areas and segments of the Norwalk River Watershed that will have new focus under this initiative.
Our Norwalk River Watershed is a regional basin of approximately 64 square miles that extends into six Connecticut municipalities - New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, and Wilton and one in New York - Lewisboro. There are two major tributaries, Comstock Brook and the Silvermine River, that form sub-basins within the Norwalk River Watershed. While upper reaches of the watershed exhibit more forested and suburban landscapes, the lower reaches and near the outlet into Norwalk Harbor are heavily urbanized.
Ridgefield is home to the headwaters of nine different watersheds one of which is our Norwalk River. The river's source streams begin, unassumingly, at Little Pond and flow north to Steep Brook which becomes the Ridgefield Brook and then into the Great Swamp. As it leaves the Great Swamp and turns south, it becomes the Norwalk River. It runs along Route 7 back down through Ridgefield and continues south along the Route 7 corridor through Redding and into Wilton merging with smaller brooks along the way. Midway through Wilton ii is joined with Comstock Brook. After crossing into Norwalk it merges with the Silvermine River, its largest sub-basin which lies within New Canaan, Lewisboro, Ridgefield, and Norwalk. At this point the watershed becomes heavily urbanized as it flows to the Norwalk Harbor and into Long Island Sound.
What is the Norwalk River Watershed, exactly?
It is all the area shown on the map in light blue. The land surface within this region is contoured to naturally direct all its waters to the Norwalk River. This means that if you are standing anywhere in this region, any water that falls from above you or runs beneath your feet will, eventually, find it's way to the Norwalk River.