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Calling All River Users

Posted on July 15, 2015

MapfromFRWAThis year the Wild and Scenic Study Committee has undertaken the task of creating a river stewardship program for the lower Farmington River. The volunteer driven project, will aim to preserve this outstanding natural resource so that all may continue to enjoy its great number recreational uses.

Lower Farmington River Stewards will be assigned to monitor sections of the Farmington River from below the Collinsville dam in Canton, up to Rainbow dam in Winsor, including in the East and West branches of Salmon Brook which feed into the Farmington River. Working specific sections of river convenient to their existing river using routine, stewards will observe for changes and or hazards, while also interacting positively with river users.

With the river being used for such a wide range of recreational purposes (paddling, tubing, fishing, swimming, and picnicking to name a few) volunteers with varying skills and experience are needed. For example, an area like Tariffville Gorge in Granby with nationally recognized whitewater would require a steward with boating experience. A steward working in a popular fishing spot such as Salmon Brook would need basic knowledge of fishing practices and regulations.

Any and all river experience is welcome and varying time commitments can be accommodated. Help us preserve the Farmington River and contact us to become a river steward today!