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Ten Years On, Lower Farmington River May Receive Protected Status

Posted on April 27, 2016

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Lower Farmington River, located in northwestern Connecticut, may finally receive
“Wild and Scenic” designation under the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives would designate Connecticut’s lower Farmington River as “wild and scenic,” which means it would get federal funding and protection. Last week the U.S. Senate voted in favor of it, something advocates have wanted them to do for nearly ten years.

Eileen Fielding is a conservationist and executive director of the Farmington River Watershed Association in Simsbury. She said, “400 years ago, what we’d be wanting to do is walk out on some of these rock outcrops. And it would be a great place to be spearing or netting sturgeon or salmon or shad, and in fact that’s what the Native Americans did in this gorge.”

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