Groups start Earth Day activities early with environmental projects

With Earth Day coming up this weekend, groups statewide are getting a jump on things by trying to make their own positive environmental impact.

With Earth Day coming up this weekend, groups statewide are getting a jump on things by trying to make their own positive environmental impact. (4/21/17)

STRATFORD - With Earth Day coming up this weekend, groups statewide are getting a jump on things by trying to make their own positive environmental impact.

Sacred Heart University biology professor Jennifer Mattei is leading a group trying to tackle the issue of erosion on the shoreline at Stratford Point. She has studied the area for the last 15 years.

Mattei says the shoreline there has been eroding for over 10 years, and the damage has become a serious issue. The group will be laying down salt marsh grass in an effort to restore it.

Erosion occurs from storms slowly picking away at the shoreline, which destroys habitats for various species.

The planting began Friday morning, and will continue throughout the spring.

The festivities continued across town at Paradise Green, where a group worked to spruce the area by planting drought-tolerant boxwoods.

Those involved say that Connecticut's decrease in rainfall the past three years made the shrubs a good choice.

An early Earth Day celebration also took place in Fairfield, where Cub Scout Pack 88 took time cleaning up Jennings Elementary School.

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