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Workin’ on the river


More than 80 volunteers turned up last weekend, April 25-26, to assist the Mianus chapter of Trout Unlimited (mianustu.org) in a river restoration project at Merwin Meadows Park.
The group:

  • Restored approximately 500 linear feet of streambank;

  • Removed invasive plants and vines;

  • Planted more than 650 native trees, shrubs and bushes such as maples, sycamores, oaks, willows, and more;

  • Built three in-stream structures designed to reduce the erosion caused by flooding in that section of the river and create habitat for trout and other aquatic life.


Among those partnering with the chapter were friends and members of the Harvard Club of Fairfield County, Boy Scouts and Daisy Troops.
The Mianus chapter is spending approximately $10,000 on this project to restore Merwin Meadows, including a $5,000 grant received from Trout Unlimited’s national Embrace-A-Stream program.

Ross Nazzarro of Nazzarro Excavation in Redding donated the equipment and time to run the excavator to help with this project.