Area: Teens Join PRWC Conservation Corps

The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition Youth Conservation Corps team of Aidan Essig of Southbury (left), intern and team leader Amanda Keilty of Bethlehem, Dillon Larkin of Newtown, Bethany Brown of Oakville, Jonathan Robert of Morris, and Jeremy Larkin of Newtown have many plans slated for the summer including creating a hiking trail on a property recently acquired by the Roxbury Land Trust and participating in a cross-cultural river exchange trash clean-up with the Naugatuck River Brigade team.

SOUTHBURY — The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition welcomed five area teens to its 2019 Youth Conservation Corps team in July.

The team is led by Amanda Keilty of Bethlehem, who is serving as the 2019 Dr. Marc J. Taylor intern and YCC crew leader.

With positions funded by the Connecticut Community Foundation and individual donors, the YCC crew works for six weeks in the summertime on projects that promote water resource conservation and pollution prevention.

In the first few weeks on the job the crew has removed invasive plants growing along the Pomperaug River and cleaned up trash in and along the river in Southbury; collected water quality samples from the Weekeepeemee, Pomperaug and Nonnewaug Rivers; installed dozens of storm drain markers in Woodbury; led four Rain Barrel workshops in the community and led water-themed activities for kids at a local summer camp.

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