About the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Committee


The Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Committee (LFSWS) began meeting in September 2019 with representatives from the nine towns in the designation area, along with the representatives from the National Park Service, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Farmington River Watershed Association, the Pequabuck River Watershed Association, the Salmon Brook Watershed Association and Stanley Black & Decker. The Committee’s mission is to protect the free-flowing character of the streams and to protect and enhance the special environmental, cultural, and recreational values for which they were designated.

Our Goals

  • To protect geological features that are important as agricultural, cultural, hydrologic, or recreational resources or that are the basis for natural ecological functions or that serve significant scientific or educational purposes.
  • To identify, understand, maintain, and as needed improve the chemical, physical, biological, and flow conditions in the waters of the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook so that they support the needs of native wildlife, aquatic life, and recreational users.
  • To recognize, understand, protect and enhance the unique, rare, declining and characteristic native species and natural communities of the Lower Farmington and Salmon Brook corridors that contribute to the area’s biodiversity.
  • To conserve the archaeological and historical heritage of the river corridor and develop interest in this heritage, strengthening residents’ connection to the river and enriching the experience of visitors.
  • To facilitate public recreation on and along the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook in a manner consistent with natural and cultural resource protection.
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