CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Seven Connecticut River watershed projects are getting over $445,000 in grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

It's the 12th round of grants awarded from the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, created as part of a 1997 settlement agreement between the parties involved in the federal process to award a new operating license for three hydroelectric dams on the river near Littleton, N.H., and Ryegate, Vt.

The grants range from $218,100 to the Connecticut River Watershed Council of Greenfield, Mass., to continue several habitat restoration projects, to $5,000 for the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust of Sugar Hill, N.H., to develop a program of private voluntary stream corridor conservation in the lower Ammonoosuc watershed.

Other recipients are the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, which was awarded $22,500 for a 95-acre parcel along the Upper Ammonoosuc River in Stark, N.H.; the Vermont Land Trust of Montpelier, which received $65,525 for conservation of 70 acres along the river adjacent to the Guildhall Swamp Preserve in Guildhall, Vt.; and the Vermont River Conservancy of Montpelier, which received three grants totaling over $134,000 for the acquisition of Fiddlehead Island in Monroe, N.H., an easement on a 32-acre parcel along the Nulhegan River in Bloomfield, Vt., and the purchase of 70 acres at the confluence of the East Branch and main stem of the Nulhegan.