Just in time for fall foliage, the Connecticut River Valley is ready for its close-up. For boaters, visiting the river has never been better. Recently awarded Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG) are allowing local municipalities, public agencies and private marinas to improve and expand their facilities. The money has primarily been used to create water access points and to upgrade amenities and services offered to visiting boaters.
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The river also is benefiting from a decades-long conservation program, which has not only cleaned up the water, but has also brought back eagles, osprey and other wildlife. You can read about these grants and conservation programs in this feature, which originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Soundings.