[CT Birds] Secretary Salazar to Establish National Blueways Initiative

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Wed May 23 23:07:57 EDT 2012

There is a lot of important bird habitat in the CT River Watershed, so this has much potential to help birds  in Connecticut and New England as conservation is a big component of this designation.

Date: May 22, 2012
Contact: Adam Fetcher (Interior)
Terri Edwards (FWS)

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS RIVERS: Secretary Salazar to Establish National Blueways Initiative
Announcement of First National Blueway Planned in Hartford

HARTFORD, CT. – On Thursday, May 24, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to Hartford to join federal, state, and local leaders and members of the conservation ...community to announce the National Blueways Initiative. Secretary Salazar will also name the Connecticut River Watershed as the nation’s first National Blueway. The event is open to the public.

The event is part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century. Thursday’s designation will recognize the collaborative leadership of more than 40 partner organizations under the umbrella of the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge and the cumulative successes of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, states, and many other partners. The sustained, landscape-level efforts by public and private partners to conserve and restore the river and watershed for wildlife, people, and outdoor recreation provide an exemplary model for future National Blueways.

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator
John Larson, U.S. Congressman
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Wendi Weber, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Patrick Comins, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Connecticut. Chairman, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge

Signing ceremony to establish the National Blueways Initiative and name the first National Blueway.

Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 11:15 a.m ET

Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Road, Hartford, CT.

All credentialed media are invited to cover the event.


Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x308
Fax: (203)264-6332

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