The Great Naugatuck River & Naugatuck Railroad Clean Up

2016 NR River Clean Up Logo V2

THOMASTON, CT – March 2, 2016 – A Naugatuck Valley project, “The Great Naugatuck River & Naugatuck Railroad Clean Up,” sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) is planned by the Railroad Museum of New England (RMNE) and the Naugatuck River Revival Group (NRRG) for Saturday, April 2, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Their goal is to remove 1,000 tires along the Naugatuck River and Naugatuck Railroad in Waterbury, Watertown, and Thomaston. The RMNE and NRRG are partnering with O&G Industries, Thomaston Savings Bank, Fascia’s Chocolates, Marion Manufacturing and other community and business groups to recruit volunteers.

According to Steve Casey, an RMNE board member, “The Naugatuck Railroad will bring volunteers to sites along the river and mainline where the tires have been illegally dumped and abandoned for years! Old tires pollute as they disintegrate, provide breeding grounds for mosquitos, and are an eyesore.”

Kevin Zak of the NRRG stated “We are glad to work with CCF and the Museum on this project. The NRRG is pleased to build support and take action to clean up this section of the river. Removing these tires will make a big improvement in the quality of the river and its surroundings.”

All adults and youth between the ages of 12 and over accompanied by adults are invited to participate. Volunteers are required to bring work gloves, work shoes or boots, blue jeans, and have updated Tetanus shots. The RMNE and NRRG recommend that volunteers have clothes to protect from poison ivy and ticks, safety glasses, and hard hats.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Thomaston Train Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT 06787 on Saturday, April 2, 2016 @ 8:00 a.m. for registration. A “Safety Briefing” is planned for 8:30 a.m. and the work train departs at 9:00 a.m. The last train will return at 3:00 p.m.

Those who wish to work as “Field Workers” as part of a team to pull tires from the brush or river bank to the mainline may sign up to participate online: Sign Up for April 2 River Clean Up

There will be three types of duties. NRRG members will operate in the river to find and remove tires, community “field workers” will work along the river bank and next to the railroad mainline to bring tires next to the mainline, and RMNE members who will operate the work train to load tires and bring them for disposal.

For details and updates, those who are interested may go to