50 years of protecting the Mill River

Fairfield to proclaim Oct. 17 Mill River Wetland Committee Day

Monday, Oct. 17, will be proclaimed Mill River Wetland Committee Day in honor of the group’s 50-year presence in Fairfield.

Mill-River-Wetland-LogoBeginning in the late 1960s, the Mill River Wetland Committee promoted purchase of open space along the Mill River in Fairfield, and took a leading role in the defense and protection of endangered wetlands through increased awareness and education.

Concern for the environmental future prompted the launching of River-Lab, a hands-on program of environmental science study that has grown to include all students in grades 3-6 in all public and parochial schools in Fairfield. All elements of the program have been adopted as part of the science curriculum and designed to complement the current science education standards.

Mill River Wetland Committee Day will be held at the Perry’s Mill Pond/River-Lab Open Space at 9 a.m. Parking will be allowed along the east side of Sturges Road or a short walk from the parking lot at Sturges Road and Mill Hill Terrace.

On Oct. 17, Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, invited guests and parents will attend a river guide session. Guests will be invited to take part in an aspect of the River-Lab Program, utilizing the fourth grade models to compare the impact of natural and developed spaces on the groundwater system.

Other events to celebrate the MRWC’s 50th anniversary include:

Saturday, Oct.15, noon — Fairfield Historical Museum River Walk

Sunday, Oct. 16, 4:30 p.m. — Ash Creek Clean up, sponsored by Tyler Nuttall

Monday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. — MRWC Day

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. — Trivia Night, an MRWC Fundraiser

Saturday, Oct. 22, noon — Fairfield Historical Museum Estuary Walk


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