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Fundraiser Launched for River Restoration Projects

Pomfret — The Connecticut River Watershed Council recently launched three new river restoration projects in New Hampshire and Vermont via the website CleanWaterFuture.org.

The website, administered by the watershed council, allows individuals, businesses and organizations to help fund a variety of conservation projects.

The new projects, to be implemented this summer, include one in Woodstock, which will remove invasive plants and restore vegetated areas along waterways, known as streamside buffers, at sites damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. A second, in Stratford, N.H., will stabilize a recreation trail and improve habitat for wild native Brook trout. The third will help control invasive aquatic species, such as water chestnut, throughout the Upper Valley.

“These projects are small but will result in meaningful improvements in water quality, habitat and the overall health of the Connecticut River watershed,” Andy Fisk, CRWC executive director, said in a recent news release.

Donations of any size are accepted. The fundraising window for the projects will close after 90 days.

“Everybody who swims, paddles, fishes or just enjoys the beauty of our rivers will benefit from investing in these projects,” said CRWC River Steward Ron Rhodes, of Pomfret.

The website has helped raised more than $55,000 for 17 projects throughout the Connecticut River watershed since 2012. To find out more, go to www.CleanWaterFuture.org. Donations can also be made directly to the Connecticut River Watershed Council, 15 Bank Row, Greenfield, Mass. 01301. — Staff report