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Explore NaugatuckRiver.net and you will find information about environmental and Naugatuck River-related cultural events occurring in the Naugatuck River Valley; where you can access the Naugatuck River to paddle, fish, and hike including maps of the river; and the latest news about exciting projects and activities underway in all eleven towns of the Naugatuck River Valley!**Featured News**
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Naugatuck River Greenway 2013 Video Released!
Take a journey through the history of the river:
Click here to enjoy the video!
Moose Spotted in Thomaston
A moose was seen in Thomaston in early October. (Photo courtesy CT DEEP)
The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has confirmed that a moose has been sighted several times in the Thomaston area, most recently in late September within the vicinity of Route 8. While this is an incredible testament to the river's consistently rebounding health, drivers are urged to keep an eye out for the moose and use extreme caution as moose-vehicle collisions are often fatal. For more information click here.
Explore the Naugatuck! Cycling Event
Raises Awareness of the Naugatuck River Greenway
Cyclists complete the final leg of the day's journey along the Derby Greenway.
(Photo courtesy of City of Derby)
NPS Explore the Naugatuck! Event Press Release
Explore the Naugatuck! Cycling Event was a grand-slam success on September 23rd. On a perfectly beautiful fall day, the peloton of 40 cheerful cyclists safely rode 56 miles from Torrington to Derby, stopping for 20- to 30-minute press events in 11 towns and cities and a Corps of Engineers Dam and Recreation Area. The 12-hour event ran on time except for a 90-minute stretch during midafternoon. Event highlights and achievements included:
Six mayors, four first selectmen and the operations manager of the Corps of Engineers dam served as emcees.
John Monroe, NPS, presented a two-by-four-foot poster to each chief elected official on behalf of Secretary Salazar and the National Park Service.
600 commemorative buttons were distributed.
US Representative Rosa DeLauro spoke at the Naugatuck press event, as did several state representatives and senators and the director of a regional planning council.
A free-lance photographer shot more than 2,000 images of the day, a film crew from Naugatuck Valley Community College shot all the press events, and a professional film crew shot the cyclists on the road. (Stay tuned for pictures and video from the event!)
Eight police departments and a state trooper provided escorts and traffic control.
Communities provided the cyclists with refreshments and hospitality.
Class Cycles provided a support van and two mechanics pro bono. The event ran smoothly for the cyclists thanks to Greg and Robert who fixed flats and replaced tires like magicians.
Daley Moving provided a moving van and crew at cost.
Valley Chamber of Commerce arranged dinners for the cyclists with Super Sandwiches of Shelton.
A companion event from 10 to 2, Waterbury On Wheels organized by the Y, the City and many partners, was a huge success. Vehicles were blocked from the downtown Green area so kids could ride bikes in a car-free zone. The Y and Wal-mart distributed 100 free bicycles and helmets to deserving kids. A sculptor demonstrated his craft using scrap metal from bikes. The partners raised $17,000 to cover the cost of that event. Our cyclists posed for a group photo with the kids and their bikes.
such a tremendous success!
Click Here to Learn More about the Naugatuck River Greenway AGO Initiative
Event Videos & Photographs:
Waterbury Observer Photos: Bicycle Celebration In Downtown Waterbury Shines Spotlight On Naugatuck River Greenway
City of Derby Event Video and Photo Slide Show
Event News Stories:
Derby Greenway Due for Expansion
Build It and They Will Bicycle
Festivities on City Green Celebrate Progress on Waterbury Greenway
Recognition of Greenway Project Gives Rise to Sunday's Bike Event In Downtown Waterbury
'Explore the Naugatuck' Brings Cycle Tour Through 11 CT Towns
Bike Event In Downtown Waterbury To Celebrate Naugatuck River Greenway