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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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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