UConn Abandons Plans to Divert Water from the Farmington River (CT)
By: Robert Nasdor
The University of Connecticut announced selection of Connecticut Water Co. as the preferred option to provide additional water needed for the Storrs campus. On August 7, 2013, the Board of Trustees voted formally to endorse this top option. On importance to the paddling community and other groups, the diversion of water from the Farmington River had been one proposed options considered. This option had been opposed by river watershed organizations at the local, regional, and national levels including American Whitewater. In an online announcement in “UConn Today”, university officials stated that the “third proposal [Farmington River water diversion], submitted by the Metropolitan District Commission, is no longer under consideration.”
The Farmington River, including the Tariffville Gorge section, site of the annual New England “Triple Crown,” is an important paddling river. “T’Ville,” as it is known to locals, is a popular “park-and-play” spot as well as a great instructional site for all skill and experience levels.
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