Larson, Esty Applaud Senate Approval of Legislation to Protect Lower Farmington River
Washington – Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) today applauded the Senate’s Approval of the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act.
The legislation, which was adopted by a 97-0 vote as an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, will create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook that runs through ten Connecticut towns. With protective 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.
The Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act is sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). Esty and Larson sponsor the bill in the House.
“The Farmington River is a vital resource for communities across Connecticut,” Larson said. “I am incredibly pleased to see the Senate act to protect this waterway with the ‘wild and scenic’ designation. With Earth Day fast approaching, it is important for all of us to do what we can to preserve our natural resources. This is terrific news, and a big step towards keeping our environment clean for our kids and grandkids.”
“The Lower Farmington River is an economic and environmental treasure for families across Connecticut, and today’s action in the Senate brought us one step closer to preserving it for future generations,” Esty said. “Families from across Connecticut and around the world travel to the Farmington River to enjoy the fishing, boating, and other recreational opportunities it offers. The House should follow the Senate’s lead and pass this bill, so that Connecticut can continue to take advantage of one of the country’s greatest waterways for many years to come.”
The Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act is the product of a bipartisan, community-driven process that began a decade ago, when 10 Connecticut towns – Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Canton, East Granby, Farmington, Granby, Hartland, Simsbury, and Windsor – came together to protect the Lower Farmington River. The upper portion of the river was given protected status in 1994.
The Energy Policy Modernization Act, which now includes the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, is expected to pass the Senate tomorrow. It will need to pass both the Senate and the House to become law.