House OKs ‘wild and scenic’ designation for lower Farmington River, Salmon Brook

By Will Healey, Manchester Journal Inquirer

A sprawling natural resources bill containing designation for the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook as a national “Wild and Scenic River” overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, and now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

The roughly 62-mile portion that would receive the designation — which carries certain protections that would ensure the “free-flowing” nature of the river is maintained and carries the possibility of federal funding to help with local conservation efforts — winds its way through 10 towns, including an 8.1-mile portion that runs through Windsor.

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