The Mount Higby Dam and Reservoir is a special place in the Middletown, Connecticut region. Thousands enjoy recreation in the Mt. Higby Preserve, that includes fishing, boating and swimming on Black Pond, adjacent to the reservoir, each year. The Black Pond Wildlife Management area, located within the Preserve, is home to hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. The 137-acre, 375-million-gallon reservoirs within the Preserve supply clean drinking water to more than 50,000 people in the three-town area that shares the Preserve.
Scholars and students from Middletown’s Wesleyan University decided to make a project and performance out of recognizing the work and contributions of those most often not noticed in our every day lives – and they chose as their project the people who run the community’s water and sewer facilities and keeping water clean.
Wesleyan University’s visiting scholar Allison Orr said of the movie and internship project involving the reservoir, water and sanitation system and the University’s students, “Really, one of the most important goals is for the public to learn something about how they get clean water and how they work to keep the river clean.”
Read the entire article about this project here. This is a great example of how dam and reservoir development for over 300 years in the Middletown region has resulted in a masterful blend of preserving the natural environment and wildlife, providing important land conservation and open spaces for recreation, and clean drinking water for the communities in the region.