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Simsbury, CT 06070
River (and Watershed) Facts:
- A watershed consists of the land area that drains into a water body.
- The Farmington River Watershed is 609 square miles, or 384,000 acres,
- The Farmington River Watershed provides 100% of the drinking water for
over 600,000 people in living in Greater Hartford and the Farmington
- The Farmington River Watershed receives over 35 million gallons per
day of treated wastewater from 9 publicly owned sewage treatment plants.
- In 1994 a 14-mile segment of the Farmington River received federal
Wild & Scenic designation. This is the only river in Connecticut, and one
of only six in New England, with such a designation.
- The Farmington River Watershed is an important Atlantic salmon
restoration habitat. Annually over one million juvenile salmon, called
salmon fry, are stocked in the watershed.
- Farmington River is 81 miles long from headwaters to mouth.
- There are 409 dams in the Connecticut Portion of the Farmington River
- There are no officially designated swimming areas along the Farmington
- The Farmington River is the only river to flow in all four cardinal
directions in the Northern Hemisphere.
- The Farmington Valley was once wholly underwater in an area called
- The Watershed is host to every kind of channel type.
- Tariffville Gorge is one of the rapids in New England that can be run
year-round and has hosted National and Olympic trials, New England
Championship competitions, and National Canoe Poling competitions.
- The Farmington River is host to 9 species of fresh water mussels and
the Southern New England stronghold of dwarf wedge mussel.
Who provides the water you drink?
View a list of Watershed Water Companies.