On Wednesday, January 24, The Pootatuck River Partners (PRP) will present its 2024 Pootatuck River Watershed Management Plan in the Newtown Legislative Council Room from 5:30–7:00PM.

Legislative Council Chambers
Newtown Town Offices
3 Primrose Street
Newtown, CT 06470

The meeting is open to the general public and will also be available via the Zoom link below:

Topic: Pootatuck River Watershed Management Plan Opens for Public Comments
Time: Jan 24, 2024, 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 826 5061 3358
Passcode: 788005

About the Partnership

The Pootatuck River Partners (PRP) include the Town of Newtown, Pootatuck Watershed Association, Candlewood Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Newtown Forest Association, Pootatuck Club, Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Harbor Watch, Northwest Conservation District, and Western Connecticut Council of Governments.

The Plan’s Vision

The Pootatuck River watershed is home to healthy lands and waters that support native species and their habitats, clean drinking water, and outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities. The Pootatuck and its tributaries provide essential ecological services, including pollination, aesthetics, and nutrient cycling for watershed communities and ensuring functioning floodplains that reduce the risk of damage to property and infrastructure during floods and recharge aquifers. Community officials, government agencies, and other stakeholders work collaboratively to:

  • Ensure that surface waters are safe for swimming and fishing, and sub-surface waters are safe for drinking.
  • Conserve healthy terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that are resilient and adaptable to our changing climate.
  • Create and maintain equitable access to open spaces and waterways that provide opportunities for active recreation (including swimming, fishing, hiking, and wildlife watching), and for immersion in the natural world, reflection, and
  • Integrate current and predicted climate change impacts into watershed management decision making, including local land use and development policies.
  • Cultivate love and respect for the Pootatuck River and its watershed in residents and visitors through outreach, engagement, and education.
  • Secure funding, technical support and other resources required to achieve and maintain our shared Vision for the Pootatuck River watershed.