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Connecticut Riverwatch: Spring 2024


High Water Delays Ferry Openings--Two ferries on the lower Connecticut River have opened for the season, following a delay due to high water this spring. The Chester Hadlyme Ferry and the Roocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry opened on Friday, April 26, and are expected to operate through November. The ferries operate on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on weekends. They both charge $5 per vehicles on weekdays, $6 on weekends. More information.

River Museum Celebrates 50 Years--The Connecticut River Museum, located on the river in a steamboat dock in Essex, Connecticut, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The museum began as a small volunteer organization with a mission to preserve the history of the river. With the purchase of the 1878 Steamboat Warehouse in Essex, it launched a program that now includes several builting, high quality exhibitons, and educational programming. Several events are planned for the summer of 2024. More information.

Farmington River on the Endangered List--The Farmington River, the longest tributary of the Connecticut River, has been named as one of America's most endangered streams by the American Rivers conservation group in its 2024 listing of troubled streams. The river, which flows 81 miles in Massachusetts and Connecticut, is threatened by an outdated dam near where it meets the main stem of the Connecticut. According to American Rivers, the Rainbow Dam, owned by Stanley Black & Decker, has been in operation since the early 20th century, but has no federal oversight which has allowed it to damage the river for decades.More information.

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