Group Works to Keep CT River Healthy

View of the CT River from the balcony of Gillette Castle. Photo/Connecticut River Watershed Council
View of the CT River from the balcony of Gillette Castle. Photo/Connecticut River Watershed Council

GazetteNet.com: Once one of the more polluted waterways in the nation, the Connecticut River has come a long way from its tainted past when few people were on it to boat, much less swim or fish.

“Just 40 or 50 years ago, people that used to row on this river would get a tetanus shot as a preventative step before getting out on the water,” said Andrew Fisk, executive director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council based in Greenfield [Massachusetts].

Today the river is healthier than it has been in years, thanks to state and federal legislation that regulates the discharge of pollutants and sets water-quality standards, as well as the organizations such as the watershed council which monitor its cleanliness.

Read more about the work of the Connecticut River Watershed Council.