To garner continued support of watershed planning and conservation, a Watershed Based Plan (WBP) containing the "Nine Elements of Watershed Planning" recommended by the EPA has been developed for the Norwalk River Watershed.

The draft plan with be available for public review and comment through June 6.

The development of a Watershed Based Plan will serve to reassess the 2004 update to the Norwalk River Watershed Action Plan and enhance the recommended actions through the inclusion of measurable goals, milestones, evaluation criteria and identification of potential funding strategies in order to accelerate the implementation of pollution control programs.

The adoption and approval of the WBP by the CT DEP will aid in securing necessary funding to implement recommendations of the plan. The overall goal of this WBP is to identify recommendations that can be implemented on a short to longterm basis, which will maintain and enhance water quality in the Norwalk River and tributaries.

A public information session will be held May 25, 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Oyster Hall of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk; located at 10 N. Water St.

The plan will also be available for review on the SWRPA website, www.swrpa.org, the Norwalk River Watershed Association and municipal websites, at the main branch of the local libraries in the watershed and at the SWRPA office from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All comments must be received in writing by June 6, and may be submitted electronically to davis@swrpa.org or mailed to the attention of Nicole Davis, regional planner, SWRPA at 888 Washington Boulevard -- 3rd Floor, Stamford, CT 06901. Call (203) 316-5190 for information.

The Norwalk River Watershed is a regional basin located in the southwestern portion of the State of Connecticut and is approximately 64 square miles in size. The watershed comprises approximately 40,000 acres of drainage area, extending into six municipalities in Connecticut: New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, and Wilton; and Lewisboro, New York.

In 1998 stakeholders came together to create the Norwalk River Watershed Action Plan. The Norwalk River Watershed Action Plan represented a watershed community with a common interest in restoring and protecting the river, and was one of the earliest community-driven, locally-led initiatives in the United States to restore and protect the watershed resources. A number of watershed groups have remained active in the watershed working together to improve water quality. In 2004 the plan was updated. The 2004 update to the Norwalk River Watershed Action Plan serves as the active plan to guide conservation activities in the watershed.

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