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Who We Are

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In 1966, Joy Shaw faced down a backhoe sent to destroy the Mill River wetlands. Her act of protest worked, and the wetlands were saved, but Joy could not be the sole protector of the watershed. She founded the Mill River Wetland Committee to involve others in the fight.

The Mill River Wetland Committee has a simple mission: to educate the community about the value of wetlands, to advocate for their continued protection, and to engage all people in the fight to protect our environment. The MRWC believes that people protect the things they love, and love the things they have learned to understand. With the River-Lab program, in its 57th year in Fairfield schools, the MRWC has taught generations of students and parents to value the watersheds that support our lives.

And while the Mill River Wetland Committee is dedicated to the protection of Fairfield’s watershed, the lessons it teaches are applicable anywhere. Children who receive environmental science education in their youth grow up to become responsible stewards of all watersheds, which encompass all life on Earth.

All this work begins with you. To help us continue our mission to educate the community, to advocate for watershed conservation, and to engage with the challenges facing our environment, we ask that you join the Mill River Wetland Committee today, as a member, a leader, a guide, or a friend. Contact us at to see what role you can embrace.

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