River (and Watershed) Facts:

    • A watershed consists of the land area that drains into a water body.
    • The Farmington River Watershed is 609 square miles, or 384,000 acres, in size.
    • The Farmington River Watershed provides 100% of the drinking water for over 600,000 people in living in Greater Hartford and the Farmington Valley.
    • The Farmington River Watershed receives over 35 million gallons per day of treated wastewater from 9 publicly owned sewage treatment plants.
    • In 1994 a 14-mile segment of the Farmington River received federal Wild & Scenic designation. This is the first river in Connecticut, and one of only six in New England, with such a designation. In 2019, 1.1 miles in Canton were added to the designatation, making the Upper Farmington River designated area a total of 15.1 miles, from the Goodwin Dam in Hartland to the Nepaug River confluence in Canton.
    • In 2019, the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook received Wild and Scenic River status, adding 62 river miles under this federal designation!
    • The Farmington River Watershed is an important Atlantic salmon restoration habitat. Annually over one million juvenile salmon, called salmon fry, are stocked in the watershed.
    • Farmington River is 81 miles long from headwaters to mouth.
    • There are 409 dams in the Connecticut Portion of the Farmington River Watershed.
    • There are no officially designated swimming areas along the Farmington River.
    • The Farmington River is very unusual in that it flows in all 4 cardinal directions.
    • The Watershed is host to every kind of channel type.
    • Tariffville Gorge is one of the rapids in New England that can be run year-round and has hosted National and Olympic trials, New England Championship competitions, and National Canoe Poling competitions.
    • The Farmington River is host to 12 species of freshwater mussels and the Southern New England stronghold of dwarf wedge mussel.
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