Reconnecting Rivers: Dana Dam Removal Celebration

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Join us at Merwin Meadows Park on Saturday, May 4, to commemorate a significant milestone in ecological restoration! Save the Sound, Trout Unlimited, and the Town of Wilton invite you to celebrate the removal of Dana Dam, marking the restoration and reconnection of over 10 miles of river habitat.

The removal of Dana Dam, completed during the week of September 11, 2023, marks a significant step towards revitalizing Connecticut’s waterways. For more details about the project, visit our blog.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. Volunteer Planting; 11 a.m. Project Celebration & Site Walk
Address: Merwin Meadows Park, 52 Lovers Lane, Wilton, CT 06897

What to Expect:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Volunteer Planting: Contribute to the restoration efforts by participating in our tree planting event. Select the option when you sign up for this event or visit the planting event registration page.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Project Celebration: If you’re not joining the planting event, please arrive by 11 a.m. and head towards the Dana Dam removal site. Our staff will greet you in the parking area.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Remarks: Hear from Alex Krofta, Save the Sound’s Ecological Restoration Project Manager, and Gerald Berrafati, from Trout Unlimited.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Optional Site Walk: Join us for a guided walk to learn more about the restored site, or continue enjoying refreshments.
  • 12:00 p.m. – Event Conclusion

“There are over 4,000 dams in Connecticut, the majority of which no longer serve any sort of function or purpose, nor ever did, like the Dana Dam, which was built to create a swimming and skating pond. Dams block migratory fish from reaching upstream spawning habitat, create impoundments that heat up the water, and disrupt the natural transportation of sediments.”

-Gerald Berrafati, Mianus Chapter coordinator for the nonprofit Trout Unlimited.

Don’t miss this special celebration! Learn about the importance of river restoration, the challenges posed by dams in Connecticut, and how this removal project was successfully completed.

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