The Alliance has been working to promote and protect the Willimantic River since 1996. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Alliance is sponsoring special events, including a Willimantic River Greenway Day on June 3. Check the Events calendar throughout the year and join us along the river to celebrate our anniversary!
Highlights of the last ten years include the designation of the river as an official state Greenway in 2003, and progress by the nine towns along the river to develop public access and preserve riverside land. Numerous Alliance outings included walks, talks and paddling events along the river's 25 miles.
The Alliance has sponsored several forums to encourage cooperation among towns, conservation agencies and local organizations. In 2000, the Alliance assisted with a Streamwalk to inventory resources and issues along the river. Alliance public testimony and meetings have addressed potential impacts on the health of the river by development and water diversions. To provide public information and news about the river and its watershed, the Alliance has published a Spring and Fall newsletter and also launched this website in 2005.
Looking ahead, the Alliance is preparing to coordinate a watershed plan in cooperation with towns and local conservation organizations, as well as continuing Alliance programs to encourage protection of the river and enjoyment of all it has to offer.