Northwest Conservation District

Torrington office:
1185 New Litchfield St
Torrington, CT 06790

Phone: 860-626-7222


Welcome To The Northwest Conservation District 

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Current Events
NCD Annual Meeting enjoyed by all!


NCD's Annual Meeting was enjoyed by all that attended at the Litchfield Distillery

on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 

Our 2016 annual meeting was overall a great event. Thanks to Scott Tilden for his informative and beautifully illustrated presentation on his book America's Great National Forests, Wildernesses, & Grasslands. The photographs were stunning. Scott so generously shared the challenges in creating his book and those challenges encountered by the federal government in establishing and operating the National Forest.

We also enjoyed the Litchfield Distillery's generosity in sharing their comfortable tasting room for our meeting complemented by a distillery tour and product sampling by proprietor Jack Baker.

The evening also included the presentation of awards for outstanding conservation achievements.

Conservation Advocate Award – Roberta Willis 

Conservation Volunteer Award – Mary Silks 

Conservation Award – Charles Berger 

Conservation Award - Gordon Ridgway 

Rusty Warner was voted unanimously onto the NCD Board of Directors.

Thank you for supporting our mission and our organization as we work with our 34 towns from the Massachusetts border to Newtown, by providing education and technical assistance in soil and water conservation. We are thankful for our donors, volunteers, and partners who give so generously of their money, time and energy throughout the year.

Torrington Porous Paver System Parking Lot Interpretive Sign

Still River Bioswale at Northwestern Connecticut Community College


Tara Jo Holmberg, Professor of Environmental Science and Biology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) has been partnering with the Northwest Conservation District (NWCD) and the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) to construct a bioswale on the NCCC Arts and Science building grounds in Winsted, CT. This bioswale will filter stormwater runoff from the parking lot, building roof, sidewalks and surrounding neighborhoods of the campus before it enters the Still River downstream of the college campus. Stormwater runoff can be the leading cause of river pollution if not properly managed. On June 14th, 20 volunteers from the college and community completed the bioswale project by planting 150 plants acquired from the NWCD Earth Day Plant Sale. The root systems of these native shrubs and trees further filter the surface water runoff before reaching the Still River.



Brookfield Still River Greenway Project


Environmental Science students from Danbury High School came to the Still River Greenway in Brookfield, CT for two days in May to work with the Northwest Conservation District Executive Director Sean Hayden on a wetland creation and vernal pool mitigation site. Students learned about site planning, soil science, plant identification, wetland function, water quality and habitat conservation, and they installed over 500 plants! The wetlands that were planted needed to be created or enhanced to offset the environmental impacts of the greenway construction.




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