Low-Maintenance Parenting — Adopt a River

Because your friend hasn't yet

People adopt kids, animals and even parts of the highway, but now you can step right up and adopt something Brad and Angelina haven’t adopted yet -- part of the Naugatuck River.

The Naugatuck River Watershed Association is looking for residents along the river to adopt parts of it in Naugatuck, the Waterbury Republican American reports.

Responsibilities for those who adopt the river are different from traditional adoptions. It's not like you can feed a river or give it water to drink. In this case, the NRWA is looking for people to organize and initiate programs that educate the community and benefit the watershed.

The NRWA is a non-profit ecological organization run by residents hoping to conserve and develop the Naugatuck River watershed. According to it's Web site, the conservation group works with area high schools and scout troops already to help keep the river clean.

Joe Savarese, a director of the group, told the Republican American that he feel it is a perfect time for people to become involved.

“Right now, it feels like there is a whole resurgence of Naugatuck and the river cleanup would be part of that,” he said.

So become a proud father or mother of your very own stretch of the 39-mile beauty that stretches from Norfolk down to Derby, just don’t try to reroute it.

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