DEEP: 1999 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
1999 Individual/Civic Group Related

Name Of Civic Group Or Individual

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

George Arthur
Vernon, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with enviroprojects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Mr. Arthur is responsible for clearing and maintaining many miles of hiking trails along the Hockanum River in Vernon and Valley Falls Park. He volunteers his services in state parks and assists the DEP in building trails. Mr. Arthur also leads many town, state and AMC hikes.
Roy A. Wilson, Jr.
East Hartford, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property; and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations Mr. Wilson is a volunteer with DEP Fisheries who helps implement and conduct informational and hands-on fishing and environmental programs to the general public. One program he was actively involved with was a free fishing day at Riverside Park in Hartford, CT. Some 200 people attended the activity.
Marc E. Arriens
Guilford, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations Mr. Arriens participates in DEP CARE classes in Guilford, CT and along the shoreline.
The Greenwich Council
Boy Scouts of America, Inc.

Greenwich, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Inc. imposed a declaration of restrictions and preservation easement on 158 acres of Scout Reservation land in a 4-acre residential zone. The easement prohibits non-approved uses and commercial development in perpetuity.
Environmental Professionals' Organization of Connecticut
Amston, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups and voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations Environmental Professionals' Organization of Connecticut organized, designed and constructed an Environmental Scholarship Fund for Connecticut students at Connecticut colleges and universities studying environmental disciplines. The initial scholarships were awarded in 1999.
Gregory M. Larson
Madison, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects Mr. Larson developed a 2-mile interpretive trail system on town property along the Hammonasset River.
Connecticut Waterfowl Association
Bozrah, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property and donating significant time and/or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups The CT Waterfowl Association partnered with the DEP on several habitat enhancement projects along the Quinnipiac River, Lower Connecticut River, Nott Island and Higganum Meadows to promote the placement of bluebird and wood duck boxes.
Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
Hope Valley, RI
Sponsoring a river, beach, or neighborhood clean up day and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association holds 3 conservation easements to protect land from future development. The Association sponsors at least 3 clean-ups a year. This year the Association will conduct a major clean-up effort along the Pawcatuck River that borders Pawcatuck, Connecticut and Westerly, Rhode Island.
Pack 21 Cub Scouts
Bristol, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations On November 2, 1998, Cub Scout Pack 21 worked with the Pequabuck River Watershed Association in cleaning up the river and riverbanks. The river cleanup resulted in the removal of more than a truck of garbage in addition to shopping carts, tires, plastic bags, pipes, etc.
George K. Emanuel
Colchester, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations Mr. Emanuel has been teaching DEP CE/FS Firearms Safety and Archery classes and CT Aquatic Resources Education (C.A.R.E.) programs since 1982.
Charles McCaughtry
Ashford, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time and/or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Mr. McCaughtry is the president and co-founder of the Natchaug Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He designed light weight float boxes and organized volunteers to help DEP stock local streams. He has donated a significant amount of time running the organization and helping protect the health of streams and rivers.
Greater Bridgeport Bassters
Bridgeport, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats and voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations The Greater Bridgeport Bassters co-sponsored the annual Housatonic River Spring Clean-up. They helped plant trees along Furnace Brook to prevent soil erosion. The organization is an active member of the Housatonic Coalition, Rivers Alliance and Recreational Fishing Alliance. The organization helped create the "Check Out Fishing" program at the Bridgeport Public Library where children can check out fishing poles and tackle with their library card. They also sponsored 2 fishing clinics and a free fishing day and created the Boaters Against Drunk Skippers program.
Riverfront Recapture, Inc.
Hartford, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property Riverfront Recapture, Inc., through a grant from Fish America Foundation, built Wisconsin log cribs and Christmas tree pyramids to improve the habitat of largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, and sunfish. The organization also worked with 8 troubled teens as part of a summer youth employment program.
People's Action for Clean Energy, Inc. (PACE)
Canton, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups PACE is a non-profit organization dedicated, for more than 30 years, to promoting Connecticut’s safe energy awareness. PACE organizes numerous solar tour events that promote renewable energy alternatives.
New Haven Raccoon Club, Inc.
Durham, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups The New Haven Raccoon Club, Inc. held several CE/FS classes in Bow Hunting and Firearms Safety and Trapping. The club also sponsored several Boy Scout and Girl Scout functions. It also offered Boating Safety courses that were open to the general public.
MG Car Club
Canton Center, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups The MG Car Club donates flowers every year to the Harkness Memorial State Park, one of the state’s largest gardens. The club volunteers do the planting and are responsible for entire cutting garden plantings.
Citizens Restoring Congamond, Inc. (CRC)
Southwick, MA
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; adopting a park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; sponsoring a river, beach, or neighborhood clean up day; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups CRC participated in EPA's Adopt Your Watershed program. They also commissioned a Eurasian Water Milfoil Survey and Control Plan. The organization conducts a Water Quality Monitoring Program that entails bi-monthly equipment and material expenditures. The monitoring activities include student participation. The organization annually sponsors lake clean-up events which have resulted in the removal of tons of debris from the lake.
United Bowhunters of Connecticut
Shelton, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects The United Bowhunters of Connecticut is the founder of Hunter Appreciation Day. The program is now in its third year. This year the organization removed some 140 large bags of rubbish, discarded tires, construction waste, car parts and abandoned vehicles from their designated sites.
Michael Negri, Thomas Reller, Dylan Mori, Matthew Savidge & Christopher Wojciechowski
Cub Scout Pack 122, Den 1
Avon, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property The boys earned money by selling popcorn with their Scout Pack and used the funds to purchase kits to build blue bird houses which were installed at their local elementary school. The boys attend 2nd grade at the Pine Grove School in Avon, Connecticut.
Adam Machen
Goshen Boy Scouts, Troop 35
Goshen, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property For Adam's eagle scout project, he supervised the construction and placement of 35 wood duck nest boxes at Mohawk State Forest, Goshen Land Trust, and town property for a total of 153.25 hrs.
Groton Open Space Association, Inc.
Groton, CT
Adopting a park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The Groton Open Space Association, Inc. works closely with the DEP in caring for Haley Farm State Park. The Association has also sponsored and paid for a farmer to annually mow and brush cut the site since 1986. The annual park cleanup day was April 24, 1999.
CT Black Bass Anglers
Haddam, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; adopting a park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and sponsoring a river, beach, or neighborhood clean up day The club is responsible for cleaning the ramp area at Haddam Meadows and also maintaining the area.
Dr. Jennifer Mattei
Department of Biology
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; adopting a park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; sponsoring a river, beach, or neighborhood clean up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Dr. Mattei selected a site subject to illegal dumping. University students, Phyllis Machledt, Director of Service Learning at the university, a 7th grade science class and teacher from Read School, prisoners and police from the Bridgeport Work Release Program, and professional staff from St. Vincent's Hospital worked to clean up the selected site. Together they removed 3 abandoned cars, over 150 tires and 3 truckloads of trash from the illegal dump site. Once the vacant lot was cleared, a meadow was created, several hundred native woody seedlings were planted, and an outdoor seating area made from recycled plastic was constructed for an outdoor classroom. All of these accomplishments were achieved through a grant received by Read School students. The site is now an established City of Bridgeport park area.
Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council
Lakeville, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups The Council sponsored and supported the Housatonic River Study Project. This 2-year project engages 2nd and 3rd grade students from two schools to conduct field studies on the river. Students participate in many different activities associated with the projects.
Fort Saybrook Monument Park Association
Old Saybrook, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach, or neighborhood clean up day Thirty-five volunteers, ranging from the age of 7 to 77, participated in the Association’s June 22, 1999 clean-up day of the 18-acre Fort Saybrook Monument Park.
Greater New Haven Leadership Center
New Haven, CT
Adopting a park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The organization assisted the Friends of the Lighthouse Park Carousel with a membership drive in an effort to develop a support network to assist in the restoration and beautification of the carousel for future generations. To date they have raised $3,000.00. A marketing brochure has been redesigned and a database has been compiled to increase volunteers and funding.
Vision Waterfront Committee
New Haven, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; sponsoring a river, beach, or neighborhood clean up day; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations; donating significant time and/or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation The Vision Waterfront Committee is involved in:
  1. Trail cleanups of the Vision Legacy Trail which connects downtown New Haven to the harbor;
  2. Sponsoring a river and harbor cleanup on the second Saturday of the month from March through October;
  3. Producing a newsletter about current and future events in the area; and
  4. Supporting and recruiting for a Long Island Sound Water Quality Monitoring program.
Sarah G. Whelan and the Woodbury Conservation Commission
Woodbury, CT
Adopting a park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and sponsoring a river, beach, or neighborhood clean up day Sarah Whelan started a town-wide "Adopt-a-Road" program in Woodbury that now includes over 35 miles of town roads and some municipal parks. The Woodbury Conservation Commission sponsors 2 clean-up days per year. More than 5 tons of trash have been collected on these clean-up days since 1998.
Connecticut Federation of Lakes
Storrs, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations The Connecticut Federation of Lakes participates in an annual conference; hosts a zebra mussel workshop; publishes a newsletter; and makes presentations to other lake associations.
Friends of Ansonia Nature Center
Ansonia, CT
Implementing a facility-wide integrated pest management program The "Friends" assembled and distributed Integrated Pest Management (IPM) information at an Earth Day presentation. They planned and gathered materials and speakers for a September 9, 1999 Green Valley conference in an effort to educate the public about IPM programs.
Friends of Lake Williams
Suffield, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations Incorporated in August, 1998 to preserve Lake Williams, the "Friends" conducted a comprehensive water quality monitoring program; presented CT Aquatic Resources Education fishing programs; installed signs at lake access points; and posted boating regulations, zebra mussel signs and transportation signs.
Salmon Brook Hiking Club
Granby, CT
Adopting a park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The Club permanently maintains a hiking trail at the Newgate Wildlife Management Area and a section of the Metacomet blue-blazed trail from Tariffville to Rte 20 in East Granby.
Edmund Helmecki
New Britain, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations Mr. Helmecki, a 78 year old retiree, singlehandedly stenciled 212 storm drains with "Don't Dump--Drains to River" in the City of New Britain. He also contributes to DEP's CT Aquatic Resources Education program by teaching ice fishing and other fishing classes.
John Roundtree, AIA
Westport, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups; and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations Mr. Roundtree initiated a program called "Solar for CT Schools" to install photovoltaic systems on schools throughout Connecticut. He also lectures extensively throughout the state on the subject of photovoltaics.
Mattabesset River Watershed Association
Berlin, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach, or neighborhood clean up day The Mattabesset River Watershed Association sponsored a river clean-up day on June 12, 1999 as part of Mattabesset River Week (June 5-19). During this clean-up, 15 volunteers cleaned a ˝ mile stretch of the river in Cromwell. The group removed 20 tires, 2 bikes, numerous bottles and boards, 2 shopping carts and 15 bags of trash from the river.
Albert S. Goodrich
Newtown, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation Mr. Goodrich volunteered several hundred hours of mapping and color coding hiking trails at Huntington State Park in Redding, CT.

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