Esty: Environmental Challenges For Farmington River Valley Under Trump

Apr 18, 2017

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from Connecticut’s 5th House District, has met with park and city planners, and environmental groups, to discuss environmental challenges facing the Farmington River Valley.

Esty says she has been working on environmental legislation, but President Donald Trump’s budget proposal could have a significant impact on environmental programs in Connecticut.

Esty, alongside Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, and Congressman John Larson, recently reintroduced a bill to create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook, which runs through 10 towns.

The “Wild and Scenic River” designation would make the conservation area eligible for federal funding capped at $100,000.