The Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a local, volunteer-led nonprofit dedicated to improving and restoring local rivers and streams, has just spearheaded a restoration project of the Norwalk River at Schenck’s Island. Now, that work it did on behalf of Wilton has a chance to win Trout Unlimited a share of $45,000 in matching funds and prizes in the coming week to help expand its work on the Norwalk River–but the Wilton community needs to help make that happen.

The chapter has been entered in the Embrace A Stream Challenge, a national, online contest sponsored by Orvis and Trout Unlimited.

In early October, the Mianus Chapter received a $7,000 grant from the Embrace A Stream program to support its Schenck’s Island Norwalk River project. Now, from Nov. 4-10, the chapter has a chance to win additional funds to complete the work when anyone visits the Embrace A Stream website and makes a donation of as little as $10 to support the chapter’s work. That will help unlock prizes ranging from $250 to $5,000. The chapter is competing in this contest with 28 other Trout Unlimited chapters from across the country. [see video, below]

“We’re excited to have the chance to raise even more money to restore and improve the Norwalk River in the Embrace A Stream Challenge,” said Ben Couch, Mianus Chapter president. “But we need the help of all of our community members to win. If you care about clean water, and share our love for the Norwalk River, please help our more than 500 local members and volunteers by donating to this important project.”

The Norwalk River restoration project will continue the work completed this summer at Schenck’s Island, and restore another half-mile stretch of river on Wilton Land Conservation Trust and private property from Seeley Rd. downstream to Cannondale. The restoration work will include restoring eroded streambanks, deepening the river channel to improve habitat, and installing tree and boulder structures to return the river to a more natural state.

Over the coming years, the chapter hopes to restore five similar stretches along the river in order to provide a connected corridor of intact, restored stream habitat.

The Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited serves more than 500 members in Southwestern Connecticut. The chapter works with partners to restore local rivers, engage area youth in outdoor education, and promote coldwater conservation. Visit the chapter online.

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