RiverSmart

 

RiverSmart ...

is an intiative of the Aspetuck Pomperaug River Partners and is led in part by HVA, Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, Kent Land Trust, Weantinoge Heritage Trust, Farmington River Watershed Association and Rivers Alliance of Connecticut working together to protect both land and water resources.

RiverSmart will introduce you to, and provide you with, the tools to conserve water, reduce chemical use, and create areas to naturally absorb and filter runoff.

With the health of our nation’s rivers significantly declining over the past decade, now is the time for you to make a real and positive difference around your home to reduce polluted runoff. Polluted runoff – rain water that picks up nutrients, salts, sediments, bacteria, pesticides, and other widely-used chemicals from the landscape and carries them to nearby waterways – is the number one reason for deteriorating river health.

Join RiverSmart to learn how polluted runoff affects the health of our local rivers and what simple steps you can take to help keep our vital water resources clean. Start by taking the River Smart Pledge and receive a small yard sign to show your commitment to "Going Green to Keep Water Clean."

Visit riversmartct.org for more information and to join.

Some things you can do ...

Rain gardens / Riverside buffers / Native plants / Water efficient fixtures / Fewer chemicals
Use carwash / Less lawn / Less hard surfaces / Reduce waste, recycle
Pet waste in trash / Mow high – let it lie / Don’t flush medications

The RiverSmart program is made possible by the generous support of the Connecticut Community Foundation, the Ellen Knowles Harcourt Foundation, LUSH Cosmetics' Charity Pots Program, Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, Merchants of New Preston Village, Pitney Bowes, City of Shelton and City of Derby.