3/22/2001 -- --
On March 1, 2001, the Naugatuck Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited appointed Harry White (MF '00 Yale) to the position of Naugatuck River Steward. White is a Yale-trained ecologist with extensive academic and practical experience in natural areas preservation in western Connecticut.
As Naugatuck River Steward, Harry White will work to advance river restoration through habitat improvement projects, development of fisheries management plans, research and monitoring, strengthening of watershed-scale coalitions and dissemination of information to citizens and local and State government officials. In order to accomplish these goals, he will work with State and local government agencies and will provide needed technical support to mission-critical volunteer efforts, such as the TU Naugatuck Riverkeepers and other monitoring and restoration groups within the watershed.
The River Steward's primary goal is to continue the dramatic improvements in water and habitat quality achieved over the past decade by a coalition consisting of the two Naugatuck Valley Chapters of Trout Unlimited, the Naugatuck River Watershed Association, other local citizen groups, the municipalities along the river, the CT Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The work of this coalition resulted in sewage treatment plant upgrades for cities along the river, and in an unprecedented dam removal and fish passage construction project involving nine consecutive dams on the main stem of the Naugatuck River. By providing the river with a full-time professional advocate, Trout Unlimited endeavors to restore clean water and strong, healthy fisheries to the Naugatuck River and its many tributaries. The position of River Steward is made possible by an environmental donation from The Harold Leever Foundation and MacDermid Inc.
*Attached is a Mission Document from the River Steward Harry White Please read on!
Harry White 3/5/00 Naugatuck River Steward Trout Unlimited, Naugatuck Valley Chapter PO Box 100, Middlebury, CT 06762
Conserve, Protect, and Restore,
Now that most of the barriers to life in the Naugatuck River have been removed, it is time to unite the communities who share this potentially-rich resource. The River Steward endeavors to advance river restoration efforts by monitoring the river, improving habitats, providing research, disseminating information, working with governmental agencies, and fostering and supporting citizen coalitions.