On a glorious Saturday morning, with dappled sunlight filtered by newly planted birches, the 35 volunteers and an assortment of VIPs pitched in to turn the riverbank by the parking lot into a "streamside buffer."

"This is a model for what you should see along the entire riverbank," said , of the Conservation Commission. "When you have an arrangement like this, the bank is protected against erosion and the trees and shrubs are both absorbing water and shading the stream to create an environment more conducive to fish."

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"Before we even got the plants in the ground this morning, Baltimore orioles landed on just about every one," she said.

Officials said that the plants and other materials were paid for by a grant from the , which provided $40,000 for the project. The Parks Department planted the larger trees and performed much of the rough landscaping.

For now, the rain garden looks like a traprock pit. But soon, Parsons said, it will be filled with tall grass.

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One of the benefits of this type of landscaping, Watson said, is that it creates an environment unwelcome to that scourge of waterways in the state, the Canada goose, regarded by many as an invasive species here.

This will give bacteria a chance to break down motor oil present in the parking lot runoff, Parsons said.

Now the southern bank is populated with native trees and shrubs, and soon tall grasses will fill in the voids, thanks to efforts by Save the Sound, the town's and volunteers.

Sure enough, about a dozen Canada geese were lolling about on the other side of the river, taking up residence on the soccer field which by now was all but unusable, owing to goose excrement. Parsons and others there said that it's hoped that the will similarly landscape the park's north riverbank, which would, in effect, banish the Canada goose from the park.

"The idea was to create a sustainable riparian buffer and rain garden," said , the Greenwich landscape architect who designed the planting and runoff scheme along with her husband, Dale.

This is the first of what will be several so called "model" projects that are part of the , an effort by Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe to restore the river to the point where shad, trout and other indigenous fish can again find their way upstream, according to , director of habitat restoration for Save the Sound. Improving the riverbank habitat, as was the case here, is also part of its focus, she said.

This vegetation, combined with a rain garden, also collects and filters the parking lot runoff before it enters the river. The parking lot of Old Mine Park is only a few paces from the water's edge.

The volunteers ranged in age from 7 to 70. Also lending a hand was state Rep. , R Fairfield, who represents a portion of Trumbull.

"One problem with that is that people think that they're cute," Parsons said. "This streamside buffer which is what naturally grows along a riverbank can control the Canada goose at very low cost."

"They love what you see on the other side of the river grass that's mowed right to the water's edge."

"The idea is to hold back the water from the parking lot during a major rain event to recharge the groundwater and to keep pollutants from entering the river," she said. The grass, along with the indigenous plantings, will provide a habitat for insects, birds, amphibians and an assortment of invertebrates.

´╗┐an environmentally sensitive planting scheme

On the north side of the Pequonnock River is a scene of how parks were landscaped back in the 1950s, with close cropped grass extending to the water's edge.