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Senate votes to protect lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook

Posted on April 20, 2016


by Ana Radelat

Washington – The Senate on Tuesday voted to give National Park Service protection to the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook, Connecticut waterways that would be given a “wild and scenic river” designation.

The Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act was approved on a 97-0 vote as an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, an effort to modernize the nation’s energy policy that had stalled over funding to help Flint, Mich., with its lead-poisoned water system. The bill was revived after the money for Flint was removed. Salmon Brook is a tributary of the Farmington.

The amendment was sponsored by Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal. It’s the first time it’s won Senate approval, although Connecticut lawmakers have been trying to win final passage of the bill for several years.

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