Subject: Stormwater and the future of the Farmington River
From: "Keep The Woods"
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 09:24:49 -0400


Non-point source pollution (dirty stormwater runoff from roads, lawn chemicals, etc) is a growing problem in the Farmington River Watershed.  

Attend events outlined below to learn how you can help protect this vital watershed and beautiful river.  

Keeping the river healthy, and gaining the rare distinction of a "Wild and Scenic" River, is a wonderful opportunity with many associated benefits.  A section of the upper Farmington is the only designated "Wild and Scenic" river in the state at this time. 

The Metacomet Trail through Simsbury is under review as part of a new "National Scenic Trail" – a designation akin to The Appalachian or the Pacific Crest Trail.  There are only 6 National Scenic Trails in America.  

Simsbury could soon be the only town in America with BOTH a National Scenic Trail and a Wild and Scenic River!!

Stormwater Education Workshop, Farmington Public Library,
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 7 pm to 9 pm.
Stormwater is the largest threat to water quality in the river.  FRWA has partnered with NEMO and the Town of Farmington to offer this workshop on improving water quality on the Farmington River by reducing stormwater impacts. Come and find what we can do to curb this growing problem. Call (860) 658-4442 x. "0" to hear more information about this program or if you have any questions.

The Future of the Farmington River Watershed,
May 24th, 2006, 7-9 pm, Becket, MA.
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) will host a Community Forum at the Becket Town Hall on Wednesday, May 24th at 7:00 PM to present a draft Watershed Action Plan for the Farmington River Watershed in Massachusetts. The draft plan outlines goals, objectives, and projects for the next five years, and is based on existing water quality and environmental studies. The recommendations of the Final 5-Year Action Plan will receive priority for funding from Massachusetts grant programs. Topics for discussion at the Community Forum include: Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat; Open Space and Recreation; Community-based Activities; Water Quality; and Sprawl and Urban Character.

Keep The Woods!