A Story of Historic Sites, Fish, Factories, Floods & FLows.....
The river has had a significant role in the Farmington Valley's history, and that role has changed dramatically over time. Once a primary food source and travel corridor for Native Americans, the river now provides multiple services for our complex society.
Tonight's presentation shows how the Farmington River affected early settlement, agriculture, the industrial revolution and subsequent pollution, the growth of greater Hartford, the rise of the recreation industry, and other regional historic events. The story of native fish and wildlife will be told, as it has unfolded over the centuries. Participants will gain a new appreciation for this vital resource which constitutes part of the northern boundary of Bloomfield. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is appreciated, online or by calling 860-243-9721.
Dr. Eileen Fielding, Director of the Farmington River Watershed Association since 2008, brings the story of the river to Bloomfield. Dr. Fielding holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of Connecticut and has taught ecology, conservation biology and watershed planning at undergraduate and graduate levels. Event co-sponsored by the Wintonbury Land Trust and the library.