By Bob Gregorski
River Clean Up Great Success
The Naugatuck River clean up in Waterbury, Naugatuck and Beacon
Falls on 4/24/10 was a great success. Anglers, kayakers, canoers,
wildlife observers and the general public owe a coalition
of hard workers gratitude for making their "playground/outdoor
theater" a better place to enjoy their recreational pursuits.
Having been involved in at least 40 clean ups in the past,
I was extremely pleased at the volume of shopping carts, bikes,
tires and assorted "junk" (visual pollution) taken
out of the Naugy and its banks last Saturday. I applaud the
paddlers in particular. The majority of the volunteers were
paddlers. Some used a truck to pull out a cart imbedded in
the mud about 75' from the parking area. Others used ropes
and shovels and manpower to extract carts and tires from the
river bottom and its bank. Other volunteers included: members
of Naugatuck Valley Outdoor Club, Lions/Leos, Scouts, the
Beacon Falls Merchants Association, Trout Unlimited, Naugatuck
River Watershed Association, Naugatuck High School ROTC and
people from the general public.
It was a great day for improving the quality of life in the
Naugatuck River Valley. When we work in concert & harmony
- we can accomplish anything.
"A truly great combined effort, we hope to keep all
the groups working together. I know that many of us are planning
to return to the islands and try to remove the carts that
we have on their banks. A great effort by all, together we
removed about 20 more carts along the river below the Linden
Park where there where at least 25 were piled up as we departed
down stream, some of these we were just able to get on the
river bank but have plans to winch them up and out in a couple
If you missed this one and want to help us with a rewarding
day on the Naugy, please contact us and we will start a volunteer
list for the next clean-up event." Said Dave Faber of
Connecticut Outdoors in Oakville. Faber one of the cleanup
The clean up was in preparation for the 3rd annual Naugatuck
Valley River Race to be held on May 8, which has a race route
starting in the Platts Mill area in Waterbury and continuing
through Naugatuck and ending in Beacon Falls. Information
about the River Race, 5K Road Race and Music Festival are
available to be downloaded and printed off web-site www.4ctoutdoors.com
and the official Race web-site www.thenaugatuckriverrace.com.
Please join us for another great event this year.
Three energetic men removed 10 carts, tires
and other garbage.
L-R: Curt Glidden, Joe Seminara and Travis Finnemore.
There was no easy way to get tires &
heavy metal to shore, however these paddlers made it look