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Volunteers Rejuvinate Mianus River Park's Urban Oasis

Aquarion employees install irrigation, groom trails

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Stamford, CT | Added on April 29, 2015 At 06:00 PM

Volunteers were hard at work Wednesday morning, planting 300 shrubs and plants, hardening trails, installing irrigation and replacing a deer fence just in time for spring at the Mianus River Park along the Stamford and Greenwich town line.  

"This park gets a lot of use," said David Medd, Aquarion Manager of Supply Operations. "i think what we've done especially in the other sections you can see over the last couple years how much improvement has made."  

In light of Earth Day, a team of nine volunteers from the Aquarion Water Company joined Friends of the Mianus River Park to restore the park's newly established "Urban Oasis" section.  

"If you look at the size that we've done, we're still scratching the surface," said David Roberts, President of Friends of Mianus River Park.  

It's the third year Aquarion has helped refurbish the Mianus River Park. The effort is part of the company's commitment to being "Stewards of the Environment" and its efforts to protecting and preserving the 400 acre park's dramatic landscape. 

"This park is very special to Aquarion because just down stream is one of our treatment plants, so anything we can do to improve the habitat and make the area a better place works for Aquarion," said David Medd, Aquarion Manager of Supply Operations.  

"It's actually relatively easy to get volunteers to come and help plant," said David Roberts, President of Friends of Mianus River Park. "But then one of the big challenges is keeping them alive so we have to water right through the year for at least the first couple years to keep things alive and then we're always replacing."  

David Roberts, President of Friends of Mianus River Park says it's a continuation of projects completed in conjunction with Audobuon Greenwich, the city of Stamford and Aquarion.   

"We're putting in a lot of native bird friendly plants, so the idea of an Urban Oasis is this is a big transit-way for migrating birds," said Roberts. "And with more and more construction there's more less and less places for them to stop and rest and feed so a lot of the shrubs and things that are going in here are bird friendly, lots of things like that and we're hoping as they fly by they'll notice. And we're hoping we can continue to do this as long as we have volunteers and money."


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