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.

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

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

Breaching of Dam 003
Breaching of Dam 003

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

Breaching the Dam
Breaching the Dam

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

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

Credit: Stephanie Ciarleglio

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.

Surveying Outfalls
Surveying Outfalls

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

Wintergreen Brook
Wintergreen Brook

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

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.

Edgewood Bridge
Edgewood Bridge

The West River in Edgewood Park.

The River in Westville
The River in Westville

The West River in New Haven, near Westville Center.

West River Walk
West River Walk

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

Take back the river. Join our coalition. Explore your watershed.