(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) applauded the Senate’s approval of the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, which would create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook. With designation as a “wild and scenic river”, the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook could receive as much as $100,000 in funding from the federal government to assist volunteers and officials with conservation efforts.
“Today’s passage brings us one step closer to protecting and preserving the Farmington River—a truly wild and scenic treasure that brings both economic and recreational benefits. This designation will secure much-needed federal resources to ensure this precious natural resource can be enjoyed by many generations to come.“
Blumenthal, along with Representatives Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and John Larson (CT-1), is a cosponsor of the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, which was originally introduced by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn).