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Granby Public Library Celebrates Farmington River Wild & Scenic Designation

Posted on October 9, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, in 1994, a 14-mile stretch of the West Branch Farmington River from Goodwin Dam in Hartland to the Canton/New Hartford line became a federally-designated Wild & Scenic River! As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Upper Farmington River becoming a Wild & Scenic River – we have another victory – 1.1 […]

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Environmental Impacts Associated With October 2, 2019 B-17 Plane Crash At Bradley International Airport

Posted on October 9, 2019

Update as of 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 At approximately 10 a.m. on October 2, 2019, a World War II era B-17 plane crashed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks shortly after take-off, impacting a de-icing facility and erupting in flames. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP’s) Emergency Response Unit (ERU) […]

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Farmington River fish showing high levels of PFAS chemical pollution

Posted on October 9, 2019

By GREGORY B. HLADKY HARTFORD COURANT | OCT 04, 2019 | 6:00 AM The June 8 spill of potentially toxic PFAS firefighting foam from a Bradley International Airport hangar into the sewers eventually reached the Farmington River. The accident has created concern and controversy over how to handle PFAS contamination. (Department of Energy and Environmental […]

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Going Wild: The Conservation Co-benefits of Green Infrastructure

Posted on July 18, 2019

GreenStream: Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a free webcast: Going Wild: The Conservation Co-benefits of Green Infrastructure ·        Wednesday, August 7, 2019 ·        1:00 – 2:30 PM, EDT ·        Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8092356502322505217 Impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, roofs, streets, and parking lots are ubiquitous throughout the built environment. Stormwater runoff originating from these surfaces […]

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State dredging of Farmington River spill pollution possible, official says

Posted on June 18, 2019

Gregory B. Hladky, Hartford Courant. State officials are considering the possibility of dredging a section of the Farmington River in Windsor contaminated by a spill of firefighting foam containing the hazardous chemical compounds called PFAS. Liz Lacy, a National Park Service official, said Thursday that she’s been told by a Connecticut environmental official there “could be […]

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Environmental advocates applaud conservation fund, river protection laws

Posted on March 20, 2019

Manchester Journal Inquirer By Will Healey 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, […]

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

Posted on March 20, 2019

Manchester Journal Inquirer by Will Healey WASHINGTON — 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 […]

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Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook a step closer to federal ‘wild and scenic’ designation

Posted on March 20, 2019

Manchester Journal Inquirer by Will Healey With the U.S. Senate’s recent passage of a sprawling natural resources bill, the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook are once again in contention to receive federal designation as a national “Wild and Scenic River.” The roughly 62-mile portion that would receive the designation — which carries certain protections […]

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Great News! We are now officially Wild and Scenic!

Posted on March 17, 2019

The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act that was signed into law on Tuesday, March 12, has conferred the status of Wild and Scenic on the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook, its tributary. Attaining the Wild and Scenic designation was a labor of more than a decade by the Wild and Scenic Study Committee constituted […]

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Larson, Hayes Vote for Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act

Posted on February 28, 2019

Act Heads to President’s Desk Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-05) voted for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, which was included in the Natural Resources Management Act. This bill would create a National Park Service protective designation for the Lower […]

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