Farmington River

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut wants the Federal Aviation Administration to stop the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam at airports around the country.  

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Connecticut lawmakers and environmental advocates gathered at the Farmington River Thursday to discuss potential damage done by the toxic chemical PFAS.

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A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives would designate Connecticut's lower Farmington River as “wild and scenic,” which means it would get federal funding and protection. Last week the U.S. Senate voted in favor of it, something advocates have wanted them to do for nearly ten years.

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Efforts to restore Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River watershed have been largely unsuccessful. The once abundant fish are now rare. But recently Steve Gephard, supervising fisheries biologist with Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Projection, found evidence of wild salmon spawning in a Connecticut river.

The news is a reminder of the hardiness of the species, but also of what we’ve lost.

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Add a new name to the list of species native to Connecticut. Scientists have discovered an algae that only exists in one part of the Farmington River in Barkhamsted. It’s called Didymosphenia hullii. But if that name’s too much of a mouthful, it’s also known by its shorthand: rock snot.