On Wednesday, March 23rd, elected leaders from five cities and towns, along with officials from the Regional Water Authority and the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, signed on to support the West River’s designation as a Connecticut Greenway. The West River Watershed Coalition ˗ a grassroots collaboration of more than three dozen organizations and individuals ˗ spearheaded the effort to gain Greenway designation, which was officially granted by the Connecticut Greenway Council and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in June 2015. Elected leaders from New Haven, Bethany, West Haven, Hamden, and Woodbridge, along with boards of the Regional Water Authority and the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, were essential supporters of this designation. Greenway designation, along with a new Watershed Management Plan for the West River, lay the groundwork for efforts to create a restored, safe, accessible, clean West River.
First Selectman Ellen Scalettar was among regional officials at a recent signing ceremony designating the West River as a Connecticut Greenway. Behind her is Bethany First Selectman Derrylyn Gorski.