Sept. 29, 2015

Study will look at bringing sewers to Saunders Point

East Lyme — The town is moving forward with a study of the feasibility of installing sewers in Saunders Point.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently approved a scope of work for wastewater facility planning for the neighborhood, giving the town the go-ahead to start the study.

Click here to read more of this article by Kim Drelich at The Day.

Click here to read  USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5011 – Evaluation of the Effects of Sewering on Nitrogen Loads to the Niantic River, Southeastern Connecticut, 2005–11.

Nov. 16, 2015

URI study: Beaver dams help keep water cleaner

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — In Rhode Island’s battle to keep its waters clean, count beavers among the state’s allies.

A new study by a team of scientists at the University of Rhode Island has found that beaver dams help remove dissolved nitrogen, a nutrient that washes into waterways from fertilizers and underground septic systems and contributes to low-oxygen conditions that can cause fish kills.

Read this article by at The Providence Journal.

Sept. 21, 2015

NRWC Awards Watershed Supporters

The Niantic River Watershed Committee was pleased to present awards to Senator Paul Formica, East Lyme resident Marvin Schutt and Dominion-Millstone for their support of conservation in the Niantic River watershed.

NRWC Awards_9.21.15Pictured from left to right are: Don Landers, Chris Tomichek, Kevin Hennessy, Sen. Paul Formica, Marvin Schutt, Ralph Bates, Judy Rondeau, John Jasper, Fran Violante and East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson.

As First Selectman of East Lyme, Senator Formica was instrumental in the formation of the Niantic River Watershed Committee, and provided support for several water quality improvement projects that were conducted in partnership with the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District and CT DEEP. Senator Formica continues to support the preservation and protection of the Niantic River in his new role as State Senator.

Marvin Schutt has been involved with the Watershed Committee since its inception in 2008. Marvin served on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of Directors, from which he retired in 2014. Marvin’s energy and experience were invaluable to the Watershed Committee, and were instrumental to both the formation of the Board of Directors in 2011 and the acquisition of 501c3 status in 2015.

Kevin Hennessy was on-hand to accept Dominion-Millstone’s award. Dominion-Millstone has been a dedicated community partner to the Niantic River Watershed Committee since 2008. Dominion has provided financial and technical support for NRWC programs. The Millstone Environmental Lab (MEL) has provided technical assistance to support the water quality monitoring program.  MEL staff have participated in several water quality improvement projects, including the Clark Pond (East Lyme) riparian buffer restoration and the installation of a demonstration coastal riparian buffer at Mago Park (Waterford).

Aug. 17, 2015

Commission likely to approve preliminary plan for Oswegatchie Hills

By Kimberly Drelich

East Lyme — The Zoning Commission moved Thursday in the likely direction of approving both a rezoning proposal and preliminary site plan for an affordable housing development in the Oswegatchie Hills, with several modifications.  Read more at The Day.

Aug. 11, 2015

East Lyme residents approve preserving land within Niantic River Watershed

By Kimberly Drelich

East Lyme — Town residents voted Wednesday to preserve a 166-acre parcel within the Niantic River Watershed as open space in perpetuity.  Read more at The Day.


August 3, 2015

East Lyme open space proposal to go before voters next week

East Lyme — The preservation of a proposed land parcel within the Niantic River Watershed would help preserve water quality and enable the public to always have access to the forestland, according to a presentation Tuesday.  Read this article at The Day.

June 3, 2015

Waterford residents criticize planned Oswegatchie subdivision

Waterford — Plans to subdivide a roughly 30-acre parcel bordering Oswegatchie and Shawandassee roads, and ultimately develop a neighborhood on the property, are drawing criticism from abutting neighbors.  Read this article by Tess Townsend at The Day.

May 20, 2015

Open space proposal to go before East Lyme selectmen

East Lyme — A Massachusetts foundation wants the town to help pay to conserve about 166 acres of forest at the headwaters of the Niantic River.  Read this article by Kim Drelich at The Day.

May 7, 2015

East Lyme, developer to sign memorandum of understanding over Oswegatchie Hills

East Lyme — Representatives for the town and Landmark Development are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding in which both would “sit at the same table” to see if they could find another land parcel in exchange for development rights in the Oswegatchie Hills.

Read  this article by Kimberly Drelich at The Day.

Video: Protecting the Niantic River

Like most coastal rivers in New England, the Niantic River has its share of charms and challenges. Among the latter are the presence of harmful bacteria and an overabundance of nitrogen and phosphorous, both of which spark algae blooms that deplete the water of oxygen and choke off aquatic habitat.

Watch this video from New England Boating to learn more.