In January 2015, our Wild and Scenic designation bills were introduced in the House (H.R. 646), and in the Senate (S.329). In March of 2015, four Study Committee members went to Washington to talk to legislators and their staff about the value of a Wild and Scenic designation to our Study Area towns and to show that we have community support for designation. On June 10, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources had a hearing on several National park Service bills including ours, S. 329. Senator Chris Murphy, who has been a very strong supporter of designation for the Lower Farmington and Salmon Brook since the very beginning of the study, testified, explaining why the designation would be a benefit to the river and brook and to the Study Area towns. The National Park Service also spoke in support of the legislation.
We are continuing to work for a hearing in the House Committee for Natural Resources, and to show ongoing local support for both the House and Senate bills.
• CLICK HERE to watch an archived webcast of the Senate Hearing.