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River Smart Program Presented at Tribury Rotary Lunch Program

Carol Haskins, Education and Outreach Director and Anne Urkawich at the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition (PRWC) were guest speakers at the Tribury Rotary lunch program on January 22, 2015 at Junipers Restaurant in Middlebury, CT. Carol and Anne were very excited to tell the group about PRWC and to share the RiverSmart initiative. The "Basic English" book is being donated to the Southbury Library by the Tribury Rotary in their names as a thank you for being guest speakers.

The future health of Connecticut’s water depends on the actions of every individual. No matter where we live, work, or play, we are somehow connected to a nearby river, stream, lake, pond, wetland, or shoreline. The rain that falls around us will always moves according to gravity, following a path to the nearest downhill body of water and, in Connecticut, eventually to Long Island Sound. This simple fact means that the health of Long Island Sound -- and every river and stream that flows into it -- is connected to how we live on the land. Yet, many people still think that water pollution is caused mostly by discharges from business and industry and are unaware of the unique role we play in determining the fate of our waterways.

With the health of our nation’s rivers declining over the past two decades, now is the time for you to make a real and positive difference around your home to reduce polluted runoff. ­­­­­­­­­­­­To find resources to help you get started with River Smart practices or to learn more about how polluted runoff affects the health of our local rivers, visit The River Smart program will introduce you to and provide you with the tools you need to and create areas to naturally absorb and filter runoff, to reduce chemical use, and to conserve water.

The future health of our water is in our hands. Working collectively, we CAN reduce water pollution and restore the health of our rivers, streams, lakes, and the Long Island Sound. Show your commitment to clean water by visiting and make the River Smart Pledge today. Pledge participants will a River Smart yard sign, a pledge reminder magnet, and a resource packet (while supplies last).

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