Who We Are
The Friends of Gorham’s Pond is a group of concerned citizens who are committed to restoring, preserving and protecting the vital Gorham’s Pond Watershed, composed of Gorham’s Pond, the Goodwives River and the Stony Brook River. The Friends of Gorham’s Pond, a 501(c)(3) organization, seeks to restore and protect this key asset to the Town of Darien. Recent Town surveys found that the Gorham’s Pond watershed is only second to the public schools as the asset citizens are the most proud. We also want to highlight of the Watershed’s importance to the myriad of wildlife and aquatic species living here.
To this end, we seek to raise awareness and funds to restore and rebuild the wildlife habitats lost due to the enormous amount of road sand from I95 clogging this waterway. We have sought State funds and have been granted monies to begin the restoration at the top of the watershed, at the Upper Pond of the Goodwives River. This project took its first steps the Fall of 2015.
Further efforts will begin this winter to gain additional public and private funds with which we plan to continue the restoration down river and ultimately to Gorham’s Pond itself.
Friends of Gorham’s Pond Earth Day Cleanup Project
On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 (rain date April 23) I invite you to help us clean up the banks of Gorham’s Pond after this tough winter. As in past years, we will meet at my house, 71 Goodwives River Road, for quick coffee and donuts at 10:00. Manned with bags and poking sticks provided by Darien’s Green Team, we will proceed down the road toward Rings End Bridge and collect the debris and garbage that threatens the wildlife we have come to enjoy in this area. Please wear the tallest waterproof boots you have and bring thick waterproof gloves.
I ask you to join us in the spirit of “Many hands make small work”—if only a few of us clean up these banks, it is a herculean task. If there are many of us, it will only take an hour or so. Please let me know if you plan to help so that I may order the correct amount of supplies.
Lucia Zachowski – President, Friends of Gorham’s Pond
203 536 3967
FOGP in the News
Art Show and Reception to Benefit Gorham’s Pond
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:30 PM
Art show, sale, and gala reception to benefit the restoration of the Gorham’s Pond watershed. Fine art, fabric weavings, and fine jewelry will be on view and sale. In addition, a fabulous package for two at Pauls Cocktail Lounge, the hottest nightclub in NYC, a $1000 bottle of Dom Perignon, and room at the Roxy Hotel will be auctioned. Get tickets.
Darien Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Commemorate Completion of Dam Restoration and Sediment Dredging Project at Goodwives River
On Friday, October 21, 2016, the Town of Darien, CT hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of a dam restoration and sediment dredging project at the Goodwives River, a longtime goal of the Friend’s of Gorham’s Pond.
Warm Weather Keeps River Project Running – Darien Times Article
January 21, 2016 – The delay of winter weather has allowed for more progress to be made on the Goodwives River dam repair and sediment dredging project.
Goodwives River Project Underway, with Some Setbacks – Darien Times Article
November 19, 2015 – A project to repair the Good Wives River Bridge and remove thousands of feet of sediment from Gorham’s Pond is now underway, but the impending winter has altered the planned schedule.
Opening of Gorham’s Pond Tide Gates
Press Release – Town of Darien, October 27, 2015