BRATTLEBORO -- The Connecticut River Joint Commissions recently received a $34,960 grant through the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation. This one-year grant provides funding to implement CRJC’s July 2013-June 2014 work program.
The Commission will continue its emphasis on the grassroots work of the local river subcommittees and in guiding implementation of its river management plans. CRJC will focus on the key issues facing the watershed, and will continue to play its bi-state role of convening, catalyzing, and leading dialogue on these issues, and making recommendations to the two states as appropriate.
Current focus areas for CRJC include participating as a stakeholder in the federal relicensing of hydroelectric facilities at Wilder Dam, Bellows Falls Dam, Vernon Dam in New Hampshire and in Vermont as well as the Turners Falls Dam and Northfield Mountain in northern Massachusetts.
CRJC will also be involved in publishing regional Recreation Management Plans for the Connecticut River, developed by its five Local River Subcommittees.
Finally, it will be providing a forum for open discussion about projects affecting the Connecticut River and its watershed, such as the Connecticut River’s recent National Blueway designation and the termination of the Atlantic salmon stocking program.
New Hampshire’s Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission, created by the Legislature in 1987, and Vermont’s Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission, similarly created in 1988, were directed to cooperate with each other to preserve and protect the resources of the Connecticut River Valley, and to guide its growth and development. They have met together as the Joint Commissions since 1989.
Both Commissions are advisory and have no regulatory powers, preferring instead to advocate and ensure public involvement in decisions which affect their river and their valley.
For more information about CRJC, visit http://www.crjc.org.