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Author Bill McKibben, DNC Chairman

Howard Dean, endorse new Ct. River

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Greenfield, MA April 1, 2007 The Connecticut River Watershed Council has released The Connecticut River Boating Guide, Source to Sea. This is the Council’s third edition of the Guide, and its first update in over 20 years. Amply referenced and with new photographs of landmarks along the Connecticut, the book features reach-by-reach maps produced with GPS technology. Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben notes, “The reclamation of the Connecticut as a lovely, living river is one of the great conservation stories of our time—and now we have the perfect guide to seeing it in all its glory.”

The reference is constructed to assist a full spectrum of river boaters: from those heading out on the water for a day, to people planning a paddle adventure from the Quebec border to the shoals of Long Island Sound. Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and now Chairman of the Democratic National Committee had this to say about the 224-page Guide’s 3rd Edition, “When my kids and I canoed the length of the Connecticut River in the 90’s, we used the Boating Guide. It was wonderful then, and this edition is even better!”

The Boating Guide includes written histories, directions, and mile-by-mile descriptions to make traveling along the 410 mile Connecticut simple. Guide writers, John and Wendy Sinton and Elizabeth Farnsworth, explore the four-state waterway in 28 “reaches”—logical segments that can be experienced one at a time, or in a series. From camping, to parking, to toilets, picnic areas and supplies, there are details for kayakers, canoeists, and boaters–including phone numbers, topographical descriptions, and important “put-in” and “take-out” info.

“We think this is a wonderful tool for boaters—and anyone else interested in our great Connecticut River,” says Connecticut River Watershed Council Executive Director Chelsea Gwyther, “And we timed its release to the beginning of a new season on the river.” The Connecticut River Boating Guide, Source to Sea, published by Falcon Guides and Globe Pequot Press, is available for $19.95 in local bookstores or directly from the Connecticut River Watershed Council at www.ctriver.org.

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For press information contact: Chelsea Gwyther, Executive Director, CRWC, at: (413) 772-2020, ext. 202, or cgwyther@ctriver.org