CBI Assists in Stakeholder Assessment of Connecticut River Watershed
In summer 2009, CBI completed an assessment for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to help them prepare to model the flows of the Connecticut River. In coming years, USACE and TNC will be modeling river flows and the influence on the river of different management regimes and other changes.
The assessment report provides feedback from stakeholders in the four states in which the Connecticut River flows. Nearly fifty people were interviewed and they gave input on: aspects of a model they think will be most helpful, current challenges facing the river, and recommendations for future flow regime modifications. They were almost universally supportive of the balanced goal of the proposed model, which proposes to determine whether altering flows can improve aquatic and floodplain habitats while preserving the numerous, diverse human uses of the river. This input will shape the USACE and TNC’s next steps on developing the model and deepening their stakeholder engagement.
The full assessment can be downloaded here.