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River Projects Seek Crowd Funding

Woodstock — Five restoration projects in the Connecticut River watershed hope to find donors through a crowd-funding website, CleanWaterFuture.org. The site links prospective donors to conservation projects that improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, erosion control, and recreational access.

In Vermont, two projects — one in Woodstock along the Ottauquechee River and another in Springfield in the Black River watershed — are designed to remove Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant, and improve water quality.

A project in New Hampshire will focus on controlling invasive species at numerous sites in the Upper Valley region. It is sponsored by the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which administers the CleanWaterFuture.org website.

The other projects target areas in Massachussetts and Connecticut.

CleanWaterFuture.org has raised more than $45,000 for 14 conservation projects in the Connecticut River watershed, Andrew Fisk, executive director of the Watershed Council, said in a recent news release.

For more information, see the CRWC and Clean Water Future Facebook pages. — Staff report