By Ron Merly of Ron Merly’s Fishing Guide Services
PLEASE HELP SAVE THE MILL RIVER IN EASTON, CONNECTICUT
The upper Mill River in Easton, Connecticut is one of the most significant wild trout streams in all of New England. It is exceptionally unique in its characteristic. There is nowhere else in all of New England where you can find a tailwater release Class 1 WTMA (Wild Trout Management Area, containing abundant wild trout and not stocked) that runs for a few short miles and empties into a 60 ft. deep thermal refuge. Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has realized the streams significance and are in the process of changing the regulations from Rte. 59 down to Lake Mohegan to catch and release only, making the entire upper stretch of the stream from the Easton Reservoir all the way to Lake Mohegan one continuous WTMA.
Just below the reservoir is a 30 acre parcel of land that has been the subject of much debate over the years. The land is presently owned by the Town of Easton who bought the property to save it from a large scale development a few years back. Easton is now looking to recoup the money and allow a smaller scale development. The problem is that there is no city sewer in that area and all of the waste, run-off etc. from any development would need to go into the ground which will eventually pollute the river and kill off a population of brook trout that have thrived in that river since the last glacier.
Please show your support in helping keep the Mill River and the natural habitat that thrive in its’ waters by signing this petition and not allowing any type of development by the State of Connecticut or the Town of Easton.
How you can take become involved and take action:
1. Follow this link (CLICK HERE) to sign the online petition and leave a comment.
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive updates.
3. Attend Board of Selectmen meetings (bi-monthy; agendas posted on Town of Easton website)
4. Write the Easton Selectmen: First Selectman Adam Dunsby, email@example.com; Selectman Scott Centrella, firstname.lastname@example.org, Selectman Robert Lessler, email@example.com and BCC firstname.lastname@example.org