Welcome to the website for the Byram Watershed Coalition (BWC). We are a large group of professionals that are working on a watershed management plan for the Byram River.
The BWC acts as a clearing house for collaborative assessment and planning for the watershed and positive public involvement; as a proactive force toward overall watershed improvement; an organization willing to engage, interact with and educate the public; and ready and able to employ knowledge toward the betterment of the watershed as a public resource.
Our Mission / How We Are Organized / How We Are Supported
Supporting the Coalition / Maps of the Watershed / Links / Events
The creation of a Watershed Based Plan through interdisciplinary and trans-boundary collaboration, via a dynamic process using sound science, to restore and maintain the watershed as a public and natural resource by achieving a balance between development and watershed restoration and protection. Meetings identify issues, assign priority, data/ information collection, sharing and management, steering assessment, and determination of tasks to be completed and products to be assembled.
The BWC includes citizens, State employees, Municipal employees, Commissions, non-profit organizations, and environmental consultants all interested in improving the quality of the Byram River Watershed. We are organized into four subcommittees: Planning Forum; Water Quality; Flooding; and Open Space, Public Access and Education.
The Plan Forum Committee: Analyze participation and the coalition process, provide assistance in communication, unify documentation, and ensure planning progress; identify potential funding sources for priority projects. Help identify issues and facilitate collaboration between subcommittees, and provide overall management for the organization, structure and direction.
The Water Quality Committee - Improve water quality and environmental health of the watershed and its estuary, as a public resource, including primary contact recreation; restoration and protection of wildlife habitat, with adaptable, science-centered analyses to ensure and facilitate timely compliance with the Clean Water Act and other relevant laws and policies.
Flood Management and Water Resources Committee - Reduce risk of flooding; manage water quantity via sustainable watershed and watercourse infrastructure improvement and management, make recommendations/alterations for zoning and development policy.
The Open Space, Public Access and Education Committee - The mission of the BWC's Open Space, Access and Education subcommittee is to identify potential open space opportunities withing the Byram River Watershed, create optimum well designed access to the Byram River, and to Educate the users and stakeholders about the natural resources that are available within the Byram River Watershed and how land stewardship and conservation measures enable the protection of those resources (wildlife, water quality, recreation, scenic vistas, shellfish, fish, boating etc.) and the appropriate utilization of resources within the Byram River watershed. Increase public space and awareness, foster stewardship and obtaining public support toward achieving coalition goals, using a balance outreach and education approach throughout the watershed. Identification of voluntary human resources, and public participation support and education.
The Byram Watershed Coalition is primarily supported by the efforts of professionals that contribute their time and expertise. A Coordinator is funded on a part time basis by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the Westchester Community Foundation, and by CT DEP through the US EPA Nonpoint Source grant under section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The upcoming [public event] is funded by Rivers Alliance of Connecticut through the Watershed Assistance Small Grants Program
Our organization, though not-for-profit, is not yet registered as a 501(c)(3). The CT Southwest Conservation District, a not-for-profit organization is administering all grant funds at this time. If you would like to make a tax deductible donations to the CT Southwest Conservation District to support the efforts of the Byram Watershed Coalition, you can contact the district at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our primary goal is the drafting of a watershed management plan. If you can help us in any of the subject areas listed in How we are Organized, let us know at email@example.com.
We need funding and grant writers as well. If you would like to make a donation, please see How we are supported, and please make a tax deductible contribution to the CT Southwest Regional Conservation District.
GIS maps prepared by Dr. Margaret Minnis, Pace University
Download .pdf - Byram River Watershed map (with hazardous sites in NY)
Download .pdf - Byram River Watershed map (lower reaches)
Download .jpg - Byram River Watershed Outlines
Download .jpg - Byram River Watershed Open Space
Flooding Impacts and Comprehensive Documentation via Photos - Balliwick Bridge, Greenwich, CT - 2007