Ten Years On, Lower Farmington River May Receive Protected Status
Posted on April 27, 2016
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A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives would designate Connecticut’s lower Farmington River as “wild and scenic,” which means it would get federal funding and protection. Last week the U.S. Senate voted in favor of it, something advocates have wanted them to do for nearly ten years.
Eileen Fielding is a conservationist and executive director of the Farmington River Watershed Association in Simsbury. She said, “400 years ago, what we’d be wanting to do is walk out on some of these rock outcrops. And it would be a great place to be spearing or netting sturgeon or salmon or shad, and in fact that’s what the Native Americans did in this gorge.”