Welcome to the Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Inc. web site. To navigate on it, click on the underlined title of your choice in the left hand column.  Other titles are “works-in-progress” and are not active at this time.

We conservationist hope that you enjoy it, find it informative and it helps you to learn how one of the worst polluted rivers in the country returned from the dead, and what you can do to help improve and protect this significant river.  Back from the dead are more than forty species of fish that are living in its waters.  And there is a litany of wildlife species wildlife living in or near the river and its tributaries.

If you have any questions or would like to report a concern that you have observed on the Naugatuck River please contact the NRWA, Inc. at bobnrwa@hotmail.com or see ABOUT US for other contact NRWA, Inc. information.

                “A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure’— Oliver Wendell Holmes

The 40 mile long Naugatuck River is the largest river in the state that begins and ends within the state’s boundary lines. Its birthplace is Torrington, then flows through 11 towns within New Haven and Litchfield counties and ends 12 miles from Long Island Sound at its confluence with the Housatonic River in Derby. The Naugy has a relatively steep gradient of about 13 feet per mile.  The two-mile section between Naugatuck and Beacon Falls highlights the rapid river flowing through a scenic valley bounded on both sides by the steep rock ledges and forested hills. It’s a picturesque scene.

The river basin is contained entirely within Connecticut, primarily in the Towns of Torrington, Litchfield, Harwinton, Thomaston, Watertown, Waterbury, Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Seymour, Ansonia and Derby. The river flows through those “river municipalities”.  The drainage areas include water from the following municipalities in lesser amounts: Norfolk, Goshen, Winchester, Morris, New Hartford, Bristol, Plymouth, Bethlehem, Wolcott, Middlebury, Prospect, Oxford, Bethany and Woodbridge. 
Click on Maps of the Naugatuck River for more description. The first of the three maps shows the river tributaries.