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In August 1994, Congress added 14 miles of the Farmington River's west branch to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This exciting milestone in the river's history recognizes the Farmington's beauty and character and ensures that it will be enjoyed by generations to come. And there's so much to enjoy! Every year, thousands of people canoe, kayak and fish the waters of the Farmington and visit the state parks, forests and historic mills that dot the river's edge.
 
The river is also important habitat for wildlife, with otters raising families along its banks and bald eagles soaring above the water in search of a meal for their nestlings. In fact, the Farmington River Valley is currently the only place in Connecticut with nesting bald eagles. And soon, the Atlantic salmon may return to the river after an absence of decades. All these factors - recreational value, rare wildlife, outstanding fisheries, and a rich history - make the Farmington River a natural for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
 
The Farmington River is a Partnership W&S River - which means that local, state, and federal governments as well as other stakeholders in the river community are partners in river management and stewardship.  This is a model that other eastern rivers have followed as they have put together management plans.
 
 
News and Announcements
27th Annual Farmington River Cleanup!

When:  Saturday - September 27, 2014 from 10 am - 2 pm

Come lend a hand and help clean up our beautiful river!   Gloves, Bags, Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.  Clean up will be at various sites all over the Farmington Valley including Barkhamsted.  To find out more and register, call 860-658-4442 EXT. 0, or visit www.frwa.org.

 

 
Fourth of July Farmington River Float - Help Keep Our River Clean!

When:   Friday, July 4, 2014

Where:  Farmington River Tubing (we will carpool from The Barkhamsted Town Hall)

Time:        Meet time 1:30 p.m. - Barkhamsted Town Hall

Fee:          $20.00/person

Details:  Are you looking for something exciting to do on the fourth after the parade?  Come along with the Farmington River Coordinating Committee's River Steward and the Barkhamsted Recreation Department.  We will spend a fun afternoon floating on the river and spreading the message of "No-Glass, No-Trash" to those visiting the area during the holiday weekend. Please send an email to Stephan Bastrzycki, River Steward - riversteward@farmingtonriver.org or Donna Bastrzycki, Recreation Director - barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us to confirm you will attend, and with how many people by Thursday, July 3! Rain Date Saturday July 5 at 1:30 p.m.

 
June 22, 2014 Your River Day! Celebrating 20 Years of W&S

 

Celebrate "Your River Day!" 

 

 Please click here for a schedule of the day's festivities!

 

The Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) invites you to celebrate your river at the 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Upper Farmington River’s Wild and Scenic designation. This free, fun-filled, and educational event will take place Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted, Connecticut. 

 

Many of the festivities will focus on our river’s outstanding resource values – high water quality, excellent trout and Atlantic salmon habitat, various recreational opportunities, and many notable historic features. 

 

Special guests will talk about the history of the designation. There will also be music from local band, Travelin’ Trout and an ice cream social. 

 

Brief hands-on workshops and activities including a boating demonstration, Junior River Ranger Activity booklet and games, an historic “Walk Through Time,” an invasive plant walk, and others will be offered to attendees  - a great opportunity for kids and families. 

 Click here for a poster! Hope to see you there!

 
Have you seen this plant?

 

Goutweed - aka Bishop's weed...Please contact us if you have seen this plant and we can help stop it from spreading. Click here for more info...

 

 
FRCC's New River Steward Hired

FRCC is pleased to announce that Stephan Bastrzycki of Barkhamsted is our new River Steward. Visit our blog for a note and more information about Stephan. Please contact him if you are interested in volunteering in the River Stewardship program at RiverSteward@FarmingtonRiver.org

 

 
2013 Updated Upper Farmington River Management Plan Now Available

 Announcing the arrival of the 2013 updated version of the Upper Farmington River Management Plan!  Please click here to go to that page - or just open the Upper Farmington River Management Plan tab above.  Hard copies are available at our office at Squire's tavern.

 

 
Littering and Vandalism Close River Access Point

 

To get the full story behind the closing of this access point, Click Here.

To view our water trail map with access points, Click Here.

 

 
Please Tell Your Friends -- No Glass, No Trash

“Please tell your friends – no glass, no trash” outreach campaign begins on Upper Farmington River

Click Here to read the full press release explaining the new campaign to fight littering in and along the Farmington River.

 
FRCC Scholarships

Deb Cloud, Nicole Cloud's mom (left); Roger Behrens, Barkhamsted Rep and scholarship coordinator for the FRCC (center); Bianca Beland (right)

 

Congratulations to Nicole Cloud and Bianca Beland, the 2013 recipients of the FRCC scholarships!

 
New Information on Didymo in the Farmington

 Please take a look at new information provided by CT DEEP regarding the invasive Didymo Algae found in the Upper Farmington River.  Click here

 
Invasive Plant Pest Alert!

A new season of invasives management is almost here.  This spring FRCC will be out working on controlling these plant species that are invading the habitat areas of the upper Farmington River.  If you would like to participate in any way - host a "Tupper Weed" party in your yard, join a work day or help distribute information - let us know!

Call us at 860-379-0282 or email at frcc@farmingtonriver.org

Looking forward to hearing from you...

Japanese stiltgrass

 
Wild and Scenic Water Trail Map

 The Upper Farmington River Wild and Scenic Water Trail map is here! You can now print out your own copy of this great Water Trail map that shows access points along the 14-mile Wild and Scenic stretch of the Upper Farmington.
 

Click here for the Outside of the Map

 

Click here for the Inside of the Map

 
The Junior River Rangers Program is Here!

FRCC is now hosting a Junior River Ranger's program like the Junior Ranger programs found in many National Parks!  If you would like to get a booklet and become a Junior River Ranger please let us know. There is a lot to learn and much fun in the process.  Please email us at FRCC@farmingtonriver.org for more information. Click here for a booklet.

 
FRCC's Resident's Guide to Invasive Plants

Please click here to take a look FRCC's brochure to help you identify non-native invasive plants on your property on or near the Farmington  River.  Information includes where to look for further help. 

 

 

 
Water Quality Results

Check out the latest water quality results for the Farmington River!

 
Lower Farmington River

Find out the latest on the Lower Farmington River and the effort to get Wild and Scenic status!

 
 

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