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May 19, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Website makes it easier to explore the Naugatuck River

The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and Naugatuck River Greenway Steering Committee have completed a major upgrade of the Naugatuck River Website (www.naugatuckriver.net). Users will find it easier to navigate and locate information related to activities on and around the river.

NaugatuckRiver.Net is an outgrowth of the successful 2011 forum held by the Connecticut Community Foundation and Rivers Alliance which brought together municipalities and organizations to develop the Naugatuck River Valley into a major recreational and economic asset for the region.

The Website consists of four easy-to-search categories: Greenway, Fishing, Paddling and Watershed Management. Boaters, fisherman, hikers and bikers can access these categories to find recreational and greenway opportunities along the Naugatuck River from Torrington to Derby.

Each searchable category includes maps, resources and information related to the section. Visitors can find water quality information, greenway additions, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, paddling, trailheads, launches and parking, photos, river conditions, outfitters, news items, events, new access points on the river and links to other organizations.

Users of the river and greenway and groups concerned with preserving the river are encouraged to post events, pictures and information on the website through the contact administrator. Information can also be shared through Facebook.

Funding for NaugatuckRiver.Net is generously provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation, Ion Bank Foundation, Aquarion Water Company and Siemon Company.

Initially launched in May 2012, Naugatuck River.Net was launched to help river towns come together as one watershed community, tell the ongoing story of the river's restoration and promote its recreational opportunities including the Naugatuck River Greenway.

In the Photo: Left to right: Jared Sloan (Website Administrator), Rick Dunne (Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments), John Siemon (Siemon Co.), Laura Gallinoto (Ion Bank), Josh Carey (Connecticut Community Foundation), Teresa Carrier (Ion Bank), George S. Logan (Aquarion Water Company), Chuck Berger (Naugatuck River Greenway Steering Committee).

Contact: Richard Sears 860-672-6678 rsears@hvatoday.org