Posted by: Wansoo | February 19, 2008

Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition

Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition

“The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition was formed by residents of Bethlehem, Woodbury, and Southbury CT in 1999 to protect the quality and quantity of water in the Pomperaug Watershed–a 90 square mile area that provides both water and recreational opportunities for thousands of residents. “

The goal of the program was to make people aware that they live in a watershed community and the only way that could be done was to map many of the unique features characteristic of the area.  By using IMRivers, the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition has been able to draw in support from all ages and types of people.

Mapped features include historical points of interest related to the river, scenic spots, and recreational and educational locations.  These include nature preserves, hiking trails, best places for canoes or kayaks and great places for a fun filled day of fishing.  The map can also provide some very useful information to scientists and preservationists and is not limited to the following: severe erosion, sedimentation, and potential stresses to the river such as wastewater treatment plant discharge locations.

The great thing about IMRivers it is so simple to use and maintain.  For this reason, recruiting volunteers who are concerned about their watershed and the quality of the environment can be easy.  All they need to do is help to populate the maps with their observations and media. Donna Lesch, the Outreach Director, is amazing and she is the one of the few people who has realized the great potential of IMRivers.  Please visit the following websites for more information on how to get involved with this great effort.

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