FRWA has just published their summer 2007 newsletter. Highlights include:
- All you need to know about our 20th Annual River Clean-Up
- Our 54th Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Tim Palmer
- Emerging issues: “Rock Snot” and PCPPs
- and much, much more…
Take a gander at our online version here.
The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) has recently been approved by the Simsbury Board of Selectmen and the State Department of Revenue Services to receive funding from businesses in Simsbury under the State’s Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credit program. All funding collected through this program (up to the program limit of $150,000) will be dedicated to acquiring the development rights on 424 acres at Ethel Walker School to protect an area which both overlies Simsbury’s primary drinking water aquifer and provides tremendous recreational benefits for the public. Ethel Walker School and the Trust for Public Land agreed in June to a price of $13.85 million, of which approximately $11.1 million will go to town referendum this fall. The remaining $2.75 million to be raised from private donations would be offset by donations to FRWA under this program.
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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) surveyed 11 locations on the Farmington River between Windsor and Canton and found three previously unknown populations of the federally endangered dwarf wedge mussel, Alasmidonta heterodo. Ethan Nedeau of Biodrawversity in Amherst, MA, the contractor for USFWS, notes that “the 11 live specimens found near Avon are the largest concentration in Connecticut.” Download the Word document to read more.