PROVIDENCE – A Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association official testified in Washington last week in favor of federal legislation that could secure funding to protect the Pawcatuck River and other streams in the region, The Associated Press reported.
Denise Poyer spoke on Capitol Hill in support of the Wood-Pawcatuck Protection Act. She said the rivers are the core of the local economy and an important part of Rhode Island and Connecticut’s identity.
The bill calls for a study to determine the “wild and scenic” value of the rivers in a watershed spanning 300 square miles over 14 towns in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. It’s co-sponsored by Rhode Island Rep. James R. Langevin and Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney.
The association, along with the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Save The Bay, would evaluate which parts of the watershed deserve a special classification and which would be eligible for federal money. •