New England’s longest river, the Connecticut River, cuts through the heart of western Massachusetts and is one of the area’s most iconic features. In 1998, the Connecticut River was designated as a federal American Heritage River, with funding allocated to help restore and protect the river and the communities surrounding it. Progress has been made in cleaning up most of the river, but the parts that cut through urban areas still suffer water pollution from sewer overflows and storm water run-off.
Springfield Water & Sewer Department’s Joshua Schimmel and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission‘s Tim Brennan join Connecting Point host Carrie Saldo to discuss on-going Connecticut River clean up efforts in Springfield and other urban areas.
This segment originally aired on April 4, 2018.