Who We Are

The Niantic River Watershed Committee is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving water quality in the Niantic River and its tributaries.  The Committee is comprised of volunteers from the four watershed towns of East Lyme, Montville, Salem and Waterford, and nearby communities.  We include environmental professionals, municipal land-use board members, shellfish and harbor management commissioners, teachers and professors, and business professionals.

Committee activities are directed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the four watershed towns. Subcommittees, including Water Quality Monitoring and Education & Outreach, engage in activities throughout the watershed.

The goal of the Watershed Committee is to restore and preserve the Niantic River and its tributaries so that they fully support all uses, including shellfishing, fishing, swimming and habitat for aquatic-life.  Activities undertaken by the Watershed Committee to achieve this goal include:

  1. Improve Water Quality and Biological Monitoring for the Niantic River and its Tributaries
  2. Support Designated Uses for Shellfishing and Contact Recreation
  3. Establish a Sustainable Coalition of Partners to Manage the Niantic River Watershed
  4. Raise Stakeholder Awareness and Involvement by Implementing a Watershed Management Information and Education Campaign
  5. Support Designated Uses for Aquatic Life
  6. Protect and Restore Natural Stream Channels
Niantic River Watershed

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“To restore and preserve the Niantic River Watershed through inter-municipal cooperation and the sound development of land use practices that mitigate pollution of the watershed, and that support all uses including shellfishing, fishing, swimming, boating, habitat, and drinking water supplies.”

News from the Watershed – 2014  – Click here for the latest news about NRWC projects and activities!

 News from the Watershed – 2015  – Click here for an update on NRWC projects and activities!

The Niantic River Watershed Website is funded in part by the CT DEEP through a US EPA Nonpoint Source grant under §319 of the Clean Water Act.