Photos: CT River Watershed in the Nat'l Spotlight

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By Patrick Comins on October 9, 2012, 3:29pm

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On Saturday, September 29th, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes visited Goodwin college in East Hartford along with officials from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the  Department of the Army (Civil Works).  The three federal agencies signed an agreement to work together to improve the health of the Connecticut River Watershed and facilitate outdoor recreational access for the 2 million residents of the 7.2 million-acre watershed.  The agreement stems from the designation of the watershed in May as the nation's first National Blueway as part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative   

This slideshow will celebrate that designation and share some of the the wonders of the watershed with you.  Perhaps nowhere else in America do so many people live within such a watershed full of spectacular natural wonders. 

Above, Mount Washington and the Presidential Range tower above Cherry Pond on a beautiful October Day at the Pondicherry Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson and Whitefield, NH.  The Pondicherry consists of over 6,000 acres of forest, wetland and open habitats adjacent to the White Mountain National Forest and is one of the crown jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Photo by David Govatski. 

For more information on the Refuge, please see the Friends of Conte's Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-Silvio-O-Conte-National-Fish-and-Wildlife-Refuge/121976791147545?fref=ts  

Or the Refuge website: 

http://www.fws.gov/r5soc/ 

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