Sen. Seminara and Rep. Anderson Applaud New Upper Farmington River Valley Conservation Law

May 15, 2024

Sen. Lisa Seminara and Rep. Mark Anderson today applauded the governor for signing into law a bill they co-sponsored which calls for a study of issues related to the protection of certain waters of the Upper Farmington River Valley.

“The importance of protecting the Upper Farmington River Valley cannot be overstated,” Sen. Seminara and Rep. Anderson said. “This bill had the support of local officials and environmentalists as well as Democrats and Republicans. With this new law in place, the state will work with stakeholders to determine appropriate river flows and then make requests for the necessary water releases to be made from the Colebrook Reservoir. We are ecstatic to say that the vital language that we sought to add to this bill was in fact included, and that this legislation has made it over the finish line. This added language will ensure residents, wildlife and surrounding businesses will not be negatively affected by a less than sufficient river flow.”

The new law received support from Barkhamsted, the Farmington River Watershed Association, Trout Unlimited’s Farmington Valley Chapter, and
many others.

Photo above: Rep. Mark Anderson and Sen. Lisa Seminara at the Goodwin Dam on the West Branch of the Farmington River.