Protecting the Connecticut River from source to sea since 1952. Advocacy, education, recreation & restoration.

A gift to the Connecticut River Watershed Council benefits you, your river and your community.

The Connecticut River is at the heart of our region’s history, economy and quality of life. Since 1952, CRWC members have pushed to improve the river’s quality and protection. We have come a long way together, but much work remains to be done. Please join us to continue righting the wrongs done to the Connecticut River and preserve this amazing resource.

With the help of our members, the Council protects the Connecticut River watershed from source to sea. We seize key opportunities to improve water quality, restore wildlife and fish habitat, and increase recreational enjoyment of the CT River.

By working together for a thriving, sustainable River, we enrich our world today and we leave a positive legacy for future generations – a beautiful, safe, robust watershed.

Our work includes:

  • Taking on big polluters like Vermont Yankee
  • Educating the general public about threats to the river and how they can help
  • Restoring riverbanks and removing dams to improve water quality and protect wildlife habitat
  • Engaging young people in cleaning up the river
  • Advocating with federal and state agencies and lawmakers for the highest level of protection for the Connecticut River and all rivers within the watershed
  • Improving recreational opportunities along the river

Specific programs and projects include:

  • Organizing more than 2,200 volunteers to clean up the river through our annual Source to Sea Cleanup
  • Monitoring the river’s cleanliness and informing recreational users about the river’s suitability for boating and swimming on
  • Inspiring teachers and children through an environmental art and poetry program
  • Media outreach to help journalists understand and accurately cover issues affecting the river
  • Paddling trips to introduce people to the river and help them understand their responsibility to help protect it
  • Completing the CT River Paddler’s Trail so that it extends through NH, VT, MA & CT
  • Removing dams to open critical habitat
  • Partnering with farmers and property owners to restore riverbanks
  • Convening environmental partners in a concerted, six-year effort to get the best possible terms in relicensing of five hydropower facilities that directly impact more than 175 miles of the river
  • Expert analysis into plans and proposals for developments that would harm the river
  • Substantive input through formal comments, regular meetings and frequent informal communication with relevant agencies to give voice to the river and its users

Major Accomplishments

Members of the Council have been instrumental in transforming the Connecticut River from “America’s best-landscaped sewer,” as it was known in our early decades, to a nationally-recognized treasure.

Our successes include:

  • Securing federal recognition for the watershed
  • Defeating multiple attempts throughout 1960s-80s to divert the CT River into the Quabbin Reservoir to supply the city of Boston.
  • Winning increased river flows, protection of more than 9,000 watershed acres and increased recreational opportunities through hydropower relicensing agreements
  • Publishing The Connecticut River Boating Guide, the most up-to-date source for getting out on the river

The river needs friends like you.

Thank you for helping to protect the river.

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