The Watershed: A Scenic Greenway!

In 2015, The West River and its tributaries were designated a "greenway" by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection! Now, the real work begins: putting this vision for a linear park and trail into action.

We have a plan for reclaiming the West River. You can help.
 
 

The Watershed:Watershed Plan

We have a plan for reclaiming the West River -- thanks to funding from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, leadership from the Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound, technical expertise from Fuss & O'Neill, and grassroots involvement from the Coalition and its members.  The plan, adopted in August 2015 and aligned with EPA watershed plan elements, sets our path forward. 

Explore a map of the assets in our watershed.
 
 
We know a lot about the challenges facing the river.
 
Explore images of the watershed & our work.
Breaching the Dam at Pond Lily
Breaching the Dam at Pond Lily

Breaching the dam at Pond Lily Nature Preserve. Credit: Frank Deleo.

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Breaching The Dam at Pond Lily
Breaching The Dam at Pond Lily

Breaching the dam at Pond Lily Nature Preserve. Credit: Frank Deleo.

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Breaching of Dam 003
Breaching of Dam 003

Breaching the dam at Pond Lily Nature Preserve. Credit: Frank Deleo.

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Breaching the Dam
Breaching the Dam

Breaching the dam at Pond Lily Nature Preserve. Credit: CFE.

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The West River at Edgewood Park
The West River at Edgewood Park

Credit: Stephanie Ciarleglio

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Watershed Plan Announcement
Watershed Plan Announcement

Coalition members gather at Edgewood Park to celebrate the release of the West River Watershed Plan. Credit: reducerunoff.org.

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Surveying Outfalls
Surveying Outfalls

Common Ground's West River Stewards measure an outfall into the river. Credit: Common Ground.

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Wintergreen Brook
Wintergreen Brook

Common Ground's West River Stewards explore Wintergreen Brook. Credit: Common Ground.

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A Rainy Walk
A Rainy Walk

A West River Walk and stream cleanup along Wintergreen Brook, led by Common Ground's West River Stewards. Credit: Common Ground.

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Edgewood Bridge
Edgewood Bridge

The West River in Edgewood Park.

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The River in Westville
The River in Westville

The West River in New Haven, near Westville Center.

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West River Walk
West River Walk

A West River Walk along Marginal Drive. Credit: Maria Tupper.

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