Environmental advocates applaud conservation fund, river protection laws

By Will Healey, Manchester Journal Inquirer

Environmental advocates are cheering the signing into law of a sprawling natural resources bill that permanently re-authorizes the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and furnishes certain local waterways with a national “wild and scenic” designation.

With President Donald Trump’s signing of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act on Tuesday, a 62-mile portion of the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook, which winds its way through 10 towns and includes an 8.1-mile portion that runs through Windsor, is designated as a national Wild and Scenic River, ensuring its free-flowing nature will be maintained. The designation also carries the possibility of up to $100,000 in federal funding annually to help with conservation efforts.

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