In-Person: Ridgefield's Great Swamp

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Ridgefield’s Great Swamp: What Creatures Live There and How We Can All Help Protect Them

Swamps provide a wide range of valuable and sometimes hidden ecosystem services. Most notably, swamps act like giant sponges by absorbing excess water and like natural filters by trapping nutrient and sediment pollution. Our Great Swamp is the start of the Norwalk River, so it plays a critical role in filtering water before it enters the river. They are also home to diverse bird, insect, amphibian, and other wildlife species. 

Sarah Breznen, of the Woodcock Nature Center and the NRWA board, will discuss the value of swamp ecosystems and the critters that inhabit them. Mary Donato, Research & Education Coordinator of Harbor Watch, will report on the water quality in the swamp, and Jayme Soyak, Outreach Coordinator for NRWA, will discuss how proper residential septic maintenance is key to clean water in our swamp.  Please join us to meet some of those swamp creatures visiting from the Woodcock Nature Center, and to learn how residents can get involved in improving swamp health.


This program is sponsored by NRWA, Ridgefield Library, Woodcock Nature Center and the Ridgefield Conservation Commission.

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