DARIEN — Residents living in the area of the Goodwives River may soon start to see Harbor Watch employees dressed in yellow safety vests along their roads.

According to an Aug. 22 press release from Town Administrator Kate Buch, the Town of Darien Advisory Commission on Coastal Waters — in conjunction with the Darien Department of Public Works and Harbor Watch of Westport, the water quality research program of Earthplace, Inc. — will begin a study to test bacteria levels in the Goodwives River.

“We want to make sure that our waterways are clean for the benefit of all our citizens,” said Flip Huffard, chair of the Advisory Commission on Coastal Waters.

During the study, Harbor Watch employees will conduct testing from storm water manholes and outfalls.

“Darien joins many other coastal towns in Fairfield County working closely with Harbor Watch to examine water quality in local rivers. We look forward to building this partnership and improving the health of our waterways,” said Dr. Sarah Crosby, director of Harbor Watch.

In 2016, Harbor Watch is working in 12 rivers in 14 Fairfield County towns.

The Goodwives River study is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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