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Volunteers clean the Saugatuck

Local volunteers cleaned the Saugatuck River Saturday, Sept. 16 as part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

Participants in the cleanup, sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), met at Patagonia in Westport (a supporter of Nutmeg TU’s activities) for a pep rally and safety instructions before making the short walk to the river to begin their cleanup.

During the hour of combing the banks of the Saugatuck River, 115 volunteers picked up more than 100 pounds of marine debris. Using the “Clean Swell” app to track the type and amount of debris collected, the volunteers logged more than 500 cigarette butts and 300 pieces of plastic as well as paper, food, food wrappers, cans, and an old street sign.

The husband-and-wife team of Richard and Margaret Hyman of Weston led a group of local high school students.

Click here to read coverage in The Weston Forum.

Pequonnock cleanup Sunday

What: Fishing and Pequonnock River Cleanup
The Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited has selected the Pequonnock River in Trumbull for its annual spring river cleanup.
When: Sunday April 9th from 9-12
Where: Quarry Road in Trumbull, Follow directions for the Bow Tie Theaters. When you are on Quarry Road there will be parking on your right. If you pass the movie theater, you have gone too far. From the parking lot we will split into groups to cover multiple areas along the river.
Timing: The cleanup will begin at 9:00 and end around  10:00 or 10:30. At which point we can go out and enjoy the river and catch some trout.
Trout Unlimited will provide trash bags and water. Please bring your own gloves and wear good shoes.
Click here if you plan to attend.
The fish and our community thank you in advance.

Pequonnock cleanup, fishing April 9

Start fishing season off by helping to clean up the Pequonnock before wetting some flies on Sunday, April 9.

First we will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the start of Quarry Road in Trumbull with bags, gloves, and garbage claws (extendable grabbers) to pick up and bag the debris that has collected along the river.

We follow that with fishing with friends on an often overlooked stretch of the Pequonnock River that teems with fish.  The Pequonnock River alternately picks up speed and slows in pools and it makes it final run into Bunnells Pond in Beardsley Park and then on to the Sound.  Great fishing can be had on this stretch of the Pequonnock especially this early in the season.

f you choose later to fish Bunnells Pond (the pond at the bottom half of Beardsley Park across from the zoo) itself know that it drops off suddenly and has many hazardous underwater currents.  It is prohibited to wade or swim into Bunnells Pond itself.  Fishing from the shore of Bunnells Pond is allowed.

Dave Edgeworth will lead the outing.

Click here to RSVP.

Mill River cleanup Sunday

Due to foul weather possibilities forecast for Saturday, the Mill River Cleanup is rescheduled to Sunday March 29, 1 to 3 p.m.

We will meet in the parking lot at Covenant Church, 1 Sport Hill Road, Easton. The church is on the north bank of the river.

The Mill River runs parallel to Congress Street along the border between Fairfield and Easton, behind the service area on the southbound Merritt Parkway