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CRC History

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In 1952, when the Connecticut River Conservancy’s founders met in the historic Weldon Hotel in Greenfield, MA, their goal was to create an organization that would confront the river’s immense water pollution problems and embody what was then an innovative concept: watershed planning.

Today, CRC’s work depends on people like you who are willing to step up, contributing their time and financial resources to protect the Connecticut River and its 11,000 square mile watershed. We hope that membership in CRC provides you the satisfaction of helping improve our great river system. With your help, we can meet the goals CRC founders established and ensure the Connecticut River is a place of beauty and pride for many generations.

CRC History Timeline

Apr, 2017

Relaunch as CRC

CRWC evolves yet again to become the Connecticut River Conservancy to grow and better serve our rivers.

May, 2012

National Blueway

In 2012, the Connecticut River and watershed was named the nation’s first, and only, National Blueway. The program ended shortly after this designation.

Nov, 2011

4th River Steward

CRWC staff expanded again to include a River Steward for the north country of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Mar, 2010

Water Quality Lab

CRWC opened our own water testing lab to process water samples for bacteria.

Nov, 2003

3rd River Steward

CRWC expanded staff to include a third River Steward for Massachusetts.

Jul, 2001

Office Move Yet Again

CRWC purchased the historic E.A. Hall Building, the historic Franklin County Courthouse, located in Greenfield, MA in 1999. After extensive renovations, the offices were moved..Read More

Jul, 1998

American Heritage River

The Connecticut River was designated by the US EPA as an American Heritage River – one of only 14 in the country.

Mar, 1998

2nd River Steward

CRWC expanded staff to include a 2nd River Steward for Vermont & New Hampshire.

Sep, 1996

Source to Sea Cleanup Begins

CRWC held first annual Source to Sea Cleanup. This event continues today and has grown to regularly include over 2,000 volunteers and more than 100..Read More

Oct, 1995

New Logo

CRWC evolved and adopted a new logo.

Apr, 1992

Offices Move Again

CRWC offices moved again. This time relocating from Arcadia Nature Preserve to Ferry Street in Easthampton, MA.

Apr, 1972

Offices Move

CRWC offices moved from Greenfield, MA to Arcadia Nature Preserve in Easthampton, MA.

Mar, 1968

First Logo

CRWC adopted its first official logo.

Jun, 1959

Dr. Davidson’s Journey

CRWC Board President Dr. Joseph Davidson embarked on a week-long Source to Sea trip to highlight river pollution. During its first decade CRWC focused on..Read More

May, 1952


Connecticut River Watershed Council was founded on May 16, 1952 at a meeting in the historic Weldon Hotel in Greenfield, MA. The first office was..Read More