In the spring of 2015 DRW TU chapter members assisted the Connecticut River Watershed Council along with land owners and residents of Hawley in planting hundreds of trees and shrubs along sections of the Chickley River that were devastated by tropical storm Irene in 2011. This project took many days over several weeks to complete. Shortly after planting , a drought threatened to setback or kill many of the trees. Local landowners, TU volunteers and others spent dozens of hours transporting water to the thirsty trees. A year later we are pleased to report that over 90% of the planted trees are thriving and will begin to provide a variety of riparian services including reducing runoff and erosion and keeping the river cool during the heat of the summer.