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Proposed Connecticut River Blueway Could Bring Attention to What the River Gives and What It Needs

Part of America's Great Outdoors Initiative

NORTHAMPTON, MA | November 07, 2011

Today, Kim Lutz, The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut River Program Director, released the following statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s identification of a Connecticut River Blueway as one of the most promising ways to connect Americans to the natural world through the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative:

“The Connecticut River is literally a life-giver in New England, and establishing a Connecticut River Blueway will bring needed attention not only to what the river gives to people but also to what we can give the river.

For people who come to the Connecticut River to sightsee, boat, fish, swim and otherwise enjoy it, the blueway concept is an exciting idea. A blueway could be a wonderful benefit for the river because it would highlight the immense value of the conservation work that’s been done over the years to restore this incredible resource and the need for that work to continue.

This is exciting news for everyone interested in conservation, environmental education, outdoor recreation and the great Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge established in 1997 to advance conservation throughout the Connecticut River watershed.

At the Nature Conservancy, we’re excited to work with all the dedicated members of the Friends of the Conte Refuge coalition to bring the blueway concept to life.”

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