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Endangered Dwarf Wedgemussel At Home In Farmington River

Posted on February 26, 2016

One of the nation’s most endangered species continues to thrive in the Farmington River. Despite rarely growing larger than 1.5 inches in length, the dwarf wedgemussel is both an indicator, and big contributor to the health of the river. Once found in rivers far north into Canada, down to the Southern United States, the dwarf […]

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The River and Stream Continuity Project: Coming to a River and Stream Near You

Posted on November 3, 2015

Throughout the summer and continuing this fall, volunteers have been working within the Farmington River Watershed to inventory river and stream crossings and the impact they have on local wildlife. The River and Stream Continuity project aims to identify stream crossings that prevent the travel of aquatic and terrestrial organisms. There is growing concern that […]

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Scenic Views along Farmington River Create One of States Most Bicycle Friendly Areas

Posted on September 9, 2015

In May, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Connecticut 22nd out of 50 on its list of bicycle friendly states. Connecticut scored 41 out of a possible 100 points, up one point from 2014. The scoring was a measure of five categories. According to BikeLeague.org: “Bicycle Friendly States ranking is based on a comprehensive survey […]

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Spoonville Dam: History & Removal

Posted on August 15, 2015

Looking down on the Farmington River in Tariffille Gorge, it’s easy to forget for over a century a dam spanned the river. Built in the 1899, the Spoonville dam was designed to provide electric power to Hartford. Shortly following its completion it was threatened by major flooding in 1900, and would eventually be destroyed in […]

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