Clean and abundant water for Newtown’s future.

The mission of the Pootatuck Watershed Association is to:

Protect and preserve the Pootatuck River, its drainage basin and its underlying aquifer (collectively, the “watershed”), as a recreational resource and as a source of safe, clean drinking water for the benefit of the people of Newtown, Connecticut, now and for generations to come;

Promote the reasonable and prudent use and consumption of water from the Watershed to assure its availability for future generations;

Protect, preserve and enhance the environmental health of land in the Watershed so as to safeguard the water supply and provide suitable habitat for wild flora, fauna and aquatic life;

Encourage and promote land use and development plans and practices in the Watershed and adjacent areas which will further the foregoing goals; Conduct research and collect data and information regarding the Watershed and its components;

Educate the public, especially students, regarding the Watershed, its importance and value, its state, capacity and condition, and relevant threats, risks and opportunities.

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Our rivers are the barometer of our environment. The Pootatuck River is the barometer for Newtown’s supply of water. Newtown’s water doesn’t come from elsewhere. It comes from...right here. RIght below our feet. The Pootatuck Watershed.

Thanks to the combined efforts of the Town of Newtown, Candlewood Valley Trout Unlimited, the Pootatuck Watershed Association and Housatonic Valley Association, the effort announced below that will result in a Watershed Plan for the benefit not just for those who fish the waters, but drink our water as well.

PWA will keep you informed as we move forward.

And we look forward to your questions, your comments and we thank you for your interest in the quality of Newtown’s water supply.Do you live, work, or play in Newtown, CT?
HVA is joining the Pootatuck Watershed Association, Candlewood Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited #309, and Town of Newtown, CT to create a Watershed Plan for the Pootatuck River. This plan is will be a guide we can use to improve water quality in the Pootatuck and downstream waters. We're inviting you to participate in the virtual kick-off and give your input!

Join us Nov. 19 3 - 4:30pm. RSVP at to attend.

This project is funded in part by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) through a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant
Newtown Forest Association
Chamber of Commerce of Newtown, Inc.
Housatonic Railroad Co.
Rep. Mitch Bolinsky
Potatuck Club
Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary
Friends of the Second Company Governor's Horse Guard
Northwest Conservation District - NWCD
Newtown, CT Patch
Newtown Neighbors Unite
Riverside On Lake Zoar Association, Inc.
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In late September 2019, The Pootatuck Watershed Association partnered with the Town of Newtown, Candlewood Valley Trout Unlimited, Newtown Forest Association and the Department of Agriculture on a project to build boulder-lined “trout pools” on the riverbed, and also install “root wads” of dead trees in the riverbank to provide “places of refuge” for the trout, with the eventual goal of increasing the native trout population.

On Saturday, April 4th, Pootatuck Watershed Association board members, while practicing good "social distancing", completed the final site restoration work on this project. Protective tree fencing was installed, wild grass was seeded, and willow shoots were planted. This work should prove valuable in the effort to build a strong, riparian buffer which is key to a healthy ecosystem and aquifer.

Thank you to the PWA board members who took the time to complete the site restoration and, again, to our partners for their role in making this project a success.
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The Pootatuck Watershed Association is pleased to announce that on Monday, September 23rd, a long awaited stream restoration project on the Pootatuck River commenced. A stream restoration team from TroutScapes River Restoration, LLC are embedding “root wads” (8-10 foot long lower tree sections) into the bank along a 570 foot section of the river just upstream of where the tributary Deep Brook flows into the river. The goal is to stabilize the riverbank and will help in the collection of sediment and debris to enhance bank structure.

Yes, its about enhancing the fish habitat. But it also enhances the health of the river itself, which is a valuable part of the Pootatuck Aquifer, and important part of the total watershed that is the primary source of Newtown’s water.

This week up to two dozen root wads will be embedded into the stream bank.

PWA wishes to thank its partners in this project, Candlewood Valley Trout Unlimited, The Potatuck Club, and Housatonic Valley Association. We are also indebted to the Town for providing much needed logistical support, most especially the Department of Public Works, Parks & Recreation and Land Use Agency. We are also grateful to a local family foundation for a major donation that funded this important project.

Here is a video that shows how its done.
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