Aquarion Water Company has held their 7th annual Aquarion Environmental Champion Awards. Nominations in the categories of Business, Non-Profit Organization, Adult and Student recognize volunteer projects that have significantly contributed to the improvement of environmental quality through the protection, conservation, restoration and stewardship of Connecticut’s water, air, soils, and plant and wildlife habitats.
This year's nonprofit winner was the Aspetuck Land Trust.
In 2016, Aspetuck marked 50 years of conservation success, had 1,000 members supporting its work, and recognized 1,700 acres of green space it has helped to protect throughout Westport, Weston, Fairfield, Easton, Wilton, Redding, and Bridgeport. This land protected by the group provides a safe home for over 500 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and plants and is accessible to the public for outdoor recreation and scientific education.
Other notable accomplishments include a three-year project with Connecticut DEEP to restore salt marshes with native plants along the Saugatuck River and the maintenance of 40 miles of hiking trails along its 45 nature preserves.