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Family-Friendly River Celebration Highlights Connecticut River

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Family-Friendly River Celebration Highlights Connecticut River

The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC), formerly the Connecticut River Watershed Council, invites the entire Connecticut River community from all four river states to their annual River Celebration. The family-friendly event will be held at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, VT on Saturday, June 16. All who love our rivers, near and far, are encouraged to attend. Get your tickets at www.ctriver.org/celebration.

River Celebration is your chance to get outside for a day of river adventure, learning, and community building. Choose from a variety of fun morning excursions including a pontoon cruise on the Connecticut River, a paddling adventure in the Meadows, a freshwater mussel ecology workshop, a fly casting workshop, and more. Enjoy live music by River Rhapsody and lunch by Tito’s Taqueria and Vermont Country Deli.

Additional River Celebration activities include a kids-only ice cream-making workshop and several demonstrations open all day: a stream table, a soil infiltration table, a water quality testing station, and more. Retreat Farm features a Children’s Farm and encompasses 500 acres of conserved forest, farmlands, trails, waterways, and an historic Farmstead.

Vermont Lt. Governor David Zuckerman will moderate the “Farm/River Roundtable: Doing Right by Our Rivers” which will explore questions like “What are local farmers doing to keep our rivers clean?” and “What are some of the hurdles farmers face trying to implement conservation practices on the ground?” Panelists include Lisa Knapton-NH Farmer, Tom Beaudry-Connecticut River Watershed Farmers Alliance, Ron Rhodes-CRC River Steward, Kim Nace-Rich Earth Institute, and Michael Colby-Regeneration Vermont.

CRC will recognize Marie Levesque Caduto of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Adair Mulligan of the Hanover Conservancy with the 2018 Bud Foster Award. This award is given annually by CRC to those who have shown outstanding devotion, service and commitment to our rivers. “More good work gets done for our rivers when you work together,” notes CRC executive director Andrew Fisk. “The Bud Foster Award, named after our first executive director who served in the 1950s, is our chance to appreciate our partners and others who are working hard for our rivers. Our rivers are lucky to have people like Marie and Adair on their side.”

Thanks to lead event sponsor Brattleboro Reformer, tickets are only $15 and kids under 12 are free. Please register at www.ctriver.org/celebration or by contacting Stacey Lennard at 413-772-2020 x211.

Connecticut River Conservancy is the voice for the Connecticut River watershed, from source to sea. We collaborate with partners across four states to protect and advocate for your rivers and educate and engage communities. We bring people together to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of your river and its tributary streams. Healthy rivers support healthy economies.

To learn more about CRC, or to join the effort and help protect our rivers, visit www.ctriver.org.