Students from Westport’ s Staples High School and Wilton High School, working under direction from Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, will report on their findings on pollution in a a Westport waterway at a Westport Town Hall meeting on June 10.
The 7 p.m. session in Town Hall auditorium will focus on Muddy Brook, which runs through the Cross Highway, Bayberry Lane, and the Greens Farms areas of Westport before emptying into Sherwood Mill Pond. Following the presentation there will be an open discussion on next steps.
“These kids worked hard last year to gather and analyze water samples from several different sites on Muddy Brook,” said Dick Harris, who oversaw the project. Harris is Earthplace’s principal scientist and director of its Harbor Watch/River Watch program.
“Their results raise concerns and indicate that there are several problems that ultimately may affect downstream bodies of water like the Sherwood Mill Pond,” he said.
The Westport Woman’s Club Scholarship Committee awarded 10 scholarships today at the Club’s annual luncheon. Nine scholarships were awarded to Staples High School students and one scholarship was awarded to an adult woman to assist her in furthering her education..Pictured (l-r) are: First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Charles Winslow, Nicholas Cuff, Jennifer Patton, Christopher McNiff, Nellie Stagg, Jessica Campbell, Avery Kleinman, Staples Principal John Dodig, Casey Richards, and Sarah Blosser. (Absent: Stephanie Moncayo). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A Great Egret spreads its wings and lifts off effortlessly from the Saugatuck River near the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center at low tide. They can be seen in the area where they walk about in the shallow water of the tidal flats in search of small fish. The Great Egrets migrate to the Northeast in the spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com