Each year, thousands of locals and visitors spend time enjoying the Upper Farmington River. We must take the time to care for this incredible resource. Various issues threaten the river’s future, and there are lots of ways to get involved and help us make a difference and ensure that the river can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Cans, bottles, food wrappers, bags and other debris are often left along the river. These are harmful to the environment and eco-system surrounding the river, but can also end up in the water way itself, further endangering this natural resource.
The disturbance caused by excessive crowds, overuse, and invasive plants, contribute to riverbank erosion. Do your part to help combat riverbank erosion by using designated river access points and not clearing new paths when visiting the river, which could do more than just damage vegetation.
In a recent study, 84% of streams measured in the U.S. had increased chloride concentrations (the most common salt used on roadways), higher levels can be unsafe for wildlife and humans, as the chloride can end up in well water. It may take most of the season for all the chloride to be flushed downstream from the winter salting.
Invasive non-native plants are a threat to native ecosystems. The good news is we can do something about invasive plants. We have several volunteer days throughout the year where you can help us combat invasive plants. We will also share ways to reduce invasive plants in your backyard.
Many factors are contributing to the increase in water temperatures. One more direct issue is removing trees for development, which means increased sunlight on parts of the river. The warmer the water, the less oxygen for the fish and other life that depends on the river.