Mill River Wetland Committee Day proclaimed Oct. 17

Michael Tetreau, Fairfield First Selectman, Cristin McCarthy-Vahey, State Representative, Tony Hwang, State Senator, Dr. Stephen Tracy, Fairfield Public Schools Interim Superintendent, as well as the founder, Jocelyn Shaw and four original MRWC participants were invited to participate in a segment of the unique, hands-on River-Lab Program from the Grade 4 Curriculum on Oct. 17.

In this study of the water cycle, participants simulate a rainstorm and then predict and compare what happens to rainwater in a developed model and an undeveloped model.  These models are representations of sections of town such as the Open Space in which the experiments take place and developed sections such as the downtown area.  This activity reinforces the impact that non-absorbent surfaces have on the infiltration of water into the ground water system as well as how high run-off can impact rivers, floodplains, and ultimately, larger bodies of water such as Long Island Sound.

  • This year, Mill River Wetland Committee, Inc. (MRWC) will celebrate 50 years as a non-profit dedicated to environmental education and preservation.
  • Since 1966, MRWC has promoted protection of open space along the Mill River in Fairfield, Connecticut through use of the River Laboratory Area for guided science education about watersheds.
  • Concern for our environmental future prompted the launching of River-Lab, a unique hands-on program of environmental science study that includes all students in grades 3-6 with the Fairfield public and parochial schools as an established part of their curriculum.  Over 100,000 students have participated in this volunteer-led program through the years.
  • MRWC and River-Lab have utilized volunteers to educate and engage the community about environmental education for generations.  The River-Lab Program, just last year, trained 400 adults to lead study-trips.  A number of those guides had gone through the program themselves as students.

The event was held on Monday, Oct. 17, at Perry’s Mill Pond/River Laboratory Open Space, Sturges Road.

Upcoming dates to Ccelebrate MRWC’s 50th anniversary:

October 19, 7 p.m. Trivia Night Fundraiser

October 22, noon Historical Museum Estuary Walk

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Michael Tetreau, Fairfield First Selectman, Jocelyn Shaw, MRWC Founder, and Dr. Stephen Tracy, Fairfield Public Schools Interim Superintendent.

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