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Connecticut development officials say more people are using Hartford's riverfront. The state Department of Economic and Community Development says its study shows more than 897,000 people visited the riverfront last year, up 12 percent from 2013.

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Officials in Massachusetts are stressing water safety with a month left in the traditional summer vacation season.

Officials with the Massachusetts State Police, state Environmental Police, Chicopee Police, and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation gathered at a boat launch on the Connecticut River Tuesday to make a public appeal to be more careful in the water.  Eighteen people have drowned in Massachusetts since June 1st. The summer is typically when swimming-related deaths spike.

Thousands of volunteers will fan out in the Connecticut River watershed in four states on Friday and Saturday to pick up trash and remove debris.   This is the 17th annual “ Source to Sea Cleanup”  organized by the Connecticut River Watershed Council.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the council’s executive director Andrew Fisk.

Over 1800 people will fan out across hundreds of miles this Saturday to clean up trash and debris along the Connecticut River and its tributaries.  It is the 16th annual “ Source to Sea Cleanup” organized by the Connecticut River Watershed  Council.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the council’s Outreach and Events Director, Angela Mrozinski.

Volunteers throughout the Connecticut River Valley are continuing their fifth season of monitoring for harmful bacteria in the river and its tributaries. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

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A relatively obscure agency created to help manage growth in part of western Massachusetts is marking 50 years of  accomplishments. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

An international conference hosted by the Five College educational consortium is taking place this weekend in western Massachusetts.  It is the wrap up to an 18 month project, known as riverscaping. The idea was to identify new ways for people to interact with the Connecticut River.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with one of the project’s leaders, Thom Long, a professor of architecture at Hampshire College.

State Police divers continue to search the Connecticut River for evidence in the murder of Melissa Jenkins, a popular Vermont prep school teacher whose body was found in the river in Barnet.  WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports… 

A Waterford couple has been charged with killing Jenkins and dumping her body in the river on March 25 after luring her from St. Johnsbury home with a ruse about a broken down car.