Volunteers recently renovated a traffic island along Route 44 in Harmony by creating a riparian buffer of native plants, trees and shrubs along the Cutler Brook. A $10,000 grant was obtained and funding for the project came from several state and federal agencies including the US Forest Service and D.E.M. The Cutler Brook joins another brook to become the Stillwater River, runs directly into Waterman Lake and eventually into the Stillwater Reservoir. The whole area is part of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed. (It also happens to run through my front yard.)
The new buffer will help slow runoff of gas, oil and other contaminants from polluting the waterway.