Our Latest Wild and Scenic River on its Way to Passage!


Great news from the nation’s capitol. Late on Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted 91-4 for Wild and Scenic River protection for the Eightmile River in Connecticut as a part of a larger public lands bill. We are confident that the U.S. House will also pass this bill and it will be signed into law by the President.

The Eightmile River watershed lies in the largest unfragmented forest region in coastal Connecticut and its scenic beauty, historic character, abundant fisheries and myriad wildlife serve as a tremendous source of pride for the folks in the communities along its banks.

Thanks to all of the folks who worked so hard on this, but particularly Tony Irving and Damon Hearne at the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee. Props to Nathan Frohling at the Nature Conservancy and American Rivers’ own Jamie Mierau too.

Equally as important this breaks the long jam that had formed in the Senate blocking public rivers and lands bills and frees up room for our 13 other Wild and Scenic bills to move forward!! Much work is left to be done but this is a great day!