The Connecticut River Watershed Council advocates for the entire, four-state Connecticut River watershed. We work to protect water—the river, its tributaries, lakes, fish; and the land, plants, and creatures connected to that water. We work to keep them safe now, and for future generations. It is a huge responsibility that we take very seriously.
Four States, One Mission
At CRWC we take the longest view possible in looking at this 11,000 square mile river system. Our advocacy neither stops at state borders, nor is steered by political administrations or business interests. Our sole concern is protecting the natural heritage and integrity of this basin. In doing so, we willingly work as partners with all who share this vision. We have done this for over half a century.
An Independent Voice
We are unique in our purview. No other agency—state, federal, nonprofit, or private, has the broad responsibilities, diversity of mission, and independent voice the Watershed Council has. Though it may not appear glamorous, our day-to-day work stretches from the Quebec border to the tides of Long Island Sound and helps preserve an amazing natural heritage for future generations. Without it, critical elements of preservation might be lost across state lines—or damaged by ill-suited development, or stymied by political whims and short-sighted industrial practices.
If it's about water, we're probably there
If we could fit what we do on a business card, we would. We can’t. Sewage discharge, endangered mussels, nuclear plant effluent, invasive plants, fish passage, land preservation, urban parks, river access, hydro-plant licensing, biodiversity, public education, water quality testing, habitat restoration, toxic spills, river cleanups, municipal water permits—we work on all these issues. Be assured, our work is always linked to protecting this great river basin.
Photo credits (above): Karen Steward
Image Credits at Right - Illustrations: Bill Singleton; Photos: Elizabeth Leong, Megan Hearne, Ron Bouley www.ronbouleyphoto.com, Nancy Rich, Boating Guide cover photo © McConnell/McNamara, CRWC Archive.