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The Connecticut River Watershed Council works to protect the watershed from source to sea. As stewards of this heritage, we celebrate our four-state treasure and collaborate, educate, organize, restore and intervene to preserve the health of the whole for generations to come. Our work informs our vision of ecological and economic abundance.
During the first decade, CRWC focused on raising consciousness about what was then described as "America's best landscaped sewer", through publication of an atlas of natural resources and by holding conferences, planning boating trips on the river and helping to create watershed associations in the tributaries. The annual Source to Sea Cleanup began in 1996. In 1998, the Connecticut River was designated by the US EPA as an American Heritage River, one of 14 in the country. In 2010, we proudly opened our water quality monitoring lab to process river water sample results for online viewing.
We've helped stem the use of pesticides and helped to halt the flow of thermal pollution into those same waters while preventing the diversion and sale of river water out of our region. We're guiding development, preventing erosion, restoring stream passage and making sure hydropower and industrial permits are aligned to protect our natural resource for future generations.
We're solving the nagging problem of sewage enetering urban streams and safeguarding biodiversity that includes bald eagles and dwarf wedgemussels. We work every day to make this great river valley a better place to call home for over 2 million people and 5,000 watershed species.
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