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MURPHY, ESTY, BLUMENTHAL, LARSON REINTRODUCE WILD & SCENIC BILL TO PROTECT LOWER FARMINGTON RIVER

Posted on March 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2017 WASHINGTON – Building on a nearly decade-long, community-driven effort, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), joined by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative John Larson (CT-1), reintroduced their Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act to create a […]

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Updated Farmington River Canoe and Kayak Put-ins and Take-outs

Posted on September 1, 2016

Summer interns at the Farmington River Watershed Association have updated and enhanced information on canoe and kayak put-ins and take-outs on the Farmington River. Whether you use a hard copy of the Farmington River Guide or the website’s “River Info” version, and want to take advantage of the updates, you will need to visit the […]

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Political Leaders Continue Push for Lower Farmington River Protective Designation

Posted on July 26, 2016

  By Tim Jensen – Farmington Patch – July 21, 2016 FARMINGTON, CT — A quartet of Connecticut legislators are continuing their fight to create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook. In a letter addressed to leaders of the Energy Policy Modernization Act conference committee, Sen. Chris Murphy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, […]

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Rock snot a pain for fishermen 

Posted on June 30, 2016

BY KATHRYN BOUGHTON Republican-American BARKHAMSTED — There are some distinctions not worth having. Such is the case in Barkhamsted, where an entirely new organism — slimy and obnoxious to anglers — has been discovered in the west branch of the Farmington River. Mike Beauchene, a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection biologist, and Diba […]

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Ten Years On, Lower Farmington River May Receive Protected Status

Posted on April 27, 2016

WNPR Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News and Ideas  By DAVIS DUNAVIN Lower Farmington River, located in northwestern Connecticut, may finally receive “Wild and Scenic” designation under the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. CREDIT BRENT SODERBERG / FLICKR A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives would designate Connecticut’s lower Farmington River as “wild and […]

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Senate votes to protect lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook

Posted on April 20, 2016

by Ana Radelat Washington – The Senate on Tuesday voted to give National Park Service protection to the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook, Connecticut waterways that would be given a “wild and scenic river” designation. The Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act was approved on a 97-0 vote as an amendment […]

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Mike Beauchene will give a program on Didymo, aka “Rock Snot” in the Farmington River, June 17th

Posted on April 7, 2016

On Friday June 17th, 2016 Mike Beauchene is going to give a program at the Peoples State Forest Nature Museum (aka. Stone Museum) about ‘Rock Snot’ found in the Farmington River. It will be from 6:30pm. – 7:30pm

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Didymo Update

Posted on April 7, 2016

Susan C. Peterson Environmental Analyst 3 Watersheds/Lakes/NPS Program Planning & Standards Division Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127 P: 860.424.3854|E: Susan.Peterson@ct.gov www.ct.gov/deep  Conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and environment; Ensuring a clean, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy supply. Watershed Management […]

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Presumed dead, wild Atlantic salmon return to the Connecticut River. Biologists discover first salmon spawning since Revolutionary War, drawing new attention to canceled restoration program

Posted on February 27, 2016

February 23, 2016 5:00AM ET by Nate Schweber/Al Jazeera America By the fall of 2015, the salmon of the Connecticut River were supposed to be doomed. The silvery fish that once swam the Northeast’s longest river, 407 miles from the mountains of New Hampshire to Long Island Sound, went extinct because of dams and industrial […]

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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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Special Climate Change Meeting on March 7

Posted on February 26, 2016

The Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Study Committee is pleased to present a talk about regional hydrological response to climate change by Dr. David Bjerklie at 7:00 P.M. on March 7th at the Canton Community Center. The presentation will be in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Community Center. In his talk, Hydrologic Trends and […]

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Salmon Found Spawning In Farmington River Watershed For First Time in Centuries

Posted on December 25, 2015

by Gregory B. Hladky, Hartford Courant State wildlife experts have now documented wild Atlantic salmon laying eggs in nests in their traditional Farmington River valley spawning grounds, possibly for the first time in centuries. “It’s the first time since probably the Revolutionary War,” said Peter Aarrestad, director of inland fisheries for the state Department of […]

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Wild and Scenic Status for Farmington River Progresses in Congress

Posted on November 19, 2015

by Ken Byron, Hartford Courant A push to get the federal “wild and scenic” designation for the lower stretch of the Farmington River — and the assistance that comes with it — was approved by a Senate committee Thursday. U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy said the Senate’s energy and natural resources committee approved legislation he introduced that […]

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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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Calling All River Users

Posted on July 15, 2015

This year the Wild and Scenic Study Committee has undertaken the task of creating a river stewardship program for the lower Farmington River. The volunteer driven project, will aim to preserve this outstanding natural resource so that all may continue to enjoy its great number recreational uses. Lower Farmington River Stewards will be assigned to […]

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Section Of Farmington River Up For National Scenic Designation

Posted on June 9, 2015

Connecticut politicians and activists are petitioning to preserve a 62-mile section of the Farmington River from future dam construction. If the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act is enacted, it would create a protective designation from the U.S. National Park Service for the waterways that run through 10 Connecticut towns. […]

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