December 8, 2022

Middlesex County Meet Your Greens at the Shoreline’s Back Porch in Old Saybrook

Meet Your Greens, Middlesex County monthly green drinks networking gathering, will meet August 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at The Back Porch (Old Saybrook.) www.backporcholdsaybrook.com.

The evening will feature an informal talk by Margot Burns (CT River Estuary Regional Planning Agency) and Judy Preston (Tidewater Institute), who will update the group on their work this summer, funded by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, surveying the lower CT River for water chestnut (Trapa natans), an aggressive aquatic plant that has devastated areas in the northern river watershed.

The talk will explore how it got here, why people are concerned, and what people can do to help prevent its growth. “Trapa can entirely fill a quiet cove and make a wetland or watercourse much less diverse and productive,” according to Judy Preston. “It’s important for as many people as possible who use the river or are familiar with any of the tributary coves and quiet waters to know what this plant looks like and can alert the right people if they find it.”

Meet Your Greens is Middlesex County’s monthly green drinks happy-hour network providing opportunities to make connections and exchange news about environmental issues in Middlesex County. Based on the popular Green Drinks in CT and nationwide, this informal gathering of people drawn from the community, nonprofit groups and the business world offers time to brainstorm ideas and plant seeds for collaboration. All are welcome with no reservations or advanced registration necessary.

Meet Your Greens meets every third Tuesday of the month. Venues and times change– join their e-list for updates and invites by contacting Claire Rusowicz, crusowicz@rockfallfoundation.org; or Jennifer Weymouth, jaweymouth@yahoo.com. You can also join them on Facebook (“Meet Your Greens”).

Schedule updates are also provided on The Rockfall Foundation website, www.rockfallfoundation.org.  The Rockfall Foundation supports environmental education, conservation programs and planning initiatives in Middlesex County. Established in 1935, it is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations whose mission is to be a catalyst– bringing people together and supporting organizations to conserve and enhance the county’s natural environment. Rockfall awards grants each year to organizations, schools and municipalities, and continues to hold and manage open space property in the county.