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Pequonnock River Initiative (PRI)

During the summer of 2010 the Pequonnock River Initiative (PRI) was formed as a partnership between the City of Bridgeport and the towns of Monroe and Trumbull to develop a watershed plan for the Pequonnock River watershed. The City of Bridgeport, through a Section 319 grant from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP), retained Fuss & O'Neill, Inc. to perform the technical components of the watershed plan development. The CTDEP also awarded a Section 604(b) grant of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Inc. and the Southwest Conservation District. Save the Sound is responsible for the formation of a watershed coalition, organizing workshop meetings, assisting in the development of the watershed plan recommendations, and performing public education and outreach. Additionally, Harbor Watch/River Watch, a program of Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center at Westport, received 319 funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act to perform water quality monitoring of the Pequonnock River for the years 2009 and 2010. The monitoring data will be used to assess current water quality conditions in the Pequonnock River and ultimately guide the watershed plan recommendations.

The watershed planning process includes the preparation of four primary documents.

(1) The baseline watershed assessment report
This report summarizes existing environmental and land use conditions in the watershed, while identifying priority areas in the watershed for subwatershed field inventories.

(2) The detailed subwatershed field assessment report
The subwatershed field inventories include targeted and site-specific opportunities for watershed restoration projects.

(3) a land use regulatory review,

(4) a watershed management plan.

The first two reports have been completed.

The water quality report is also available

This report has been submitted by Harbor Watch/River Watch Program at Earthplace.

Read more from the Southwest Conservation District
The conservation and Water Resources Commission would like to thank
Ron Bunovsky
Marven Moss
Lois Spence
for their continuing tireless support of this project.

The Commission is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Monroe by protecting the community's outdoor assets and water resources.

Commission Members

Chairman
Karen Burnaska

Vice Chairman
Marven Moss

Secretary
Ellie Krevolin

Treasurer
Ryan Driscoll

Members
Cynthia Giancaspro
Jeff Fulchino
Barbara Thomas

Liaisons
Ranger Dave Solek

The Monroe Conservation Commission
meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm
in the Town Hall conference room.
Public participation is welcome.
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