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Photos: Secretary Salazar Names the Connecticut River Watershed as the Nation's First National Blueway.


May 24, 2012

Secretary Salazar signed a Secretarial Order establishing a National Blueways System and announced that the 410-mile-long Connecticut River and its 7.2 million-acre watershed will be the first National Blueway— covering areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Joined at Riverside Park in Hartford by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal; U.S. Rep. John Larson;
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Terrence “Rock” Salt; Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge Chairman Patrick Comins and other members of the conservation and business communities, Secretary Salazar said that partnerships along the Connecticut River provide an example for the rest of the nation.


  • Secretary Salazar presents David Govatski with the 2012 Refuge System Volunteer of the Year Award. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar presents David Govatski with the 2012 Refuge System Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • Secretary Salazar makes remarks before the signing ceremony to establish the National Blueways Initiative and name the first National Blueway. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar makes remarks before the signing ceremony to establish the National Blueways Initiative and name the first National Blueway.
  • Secretary Salazar signs the Secretarial Order establishing a National Blueways System and announced that the Connecticut River and its 7.2 million-acre watershed will be the first National Blueway.  He is joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal; U.S. Rep. John Larson; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Terrence “Rock” Salt; Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Refuge Chairman Patrick Comins and other members of the conservation and business communities at Riverside Park in Hartford. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar signs the Secretarial Order establishing a National Blueways System and announced that the 410-mile-long Connecticut River and its 7.2 million-acre watershed will be the first National Blueway.
  • Secretary Salazar chats with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Congressman John Larson and Mayor of Hartford Eddie Perez after announcing that the Connecticut River will be the first National Blueway. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar speaks with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Rock Salt at Riverside Park in Hartford. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Rock Salt.
  • Secretary Salazar presents David Govatski with the 2012 Refuge System Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • Secretary Salazar makes remarks before the signing ceremony to establish the National Blueways Initiative and name the first National Blueway.
  • Secretary Salazar signs the Secretarial Order establishing a National Blueways System and announced that the 410-mile-long Connecticut River and its 7.2 million-acre watershed will be the first National Blueway.
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  • Secretary Salazar and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Rock Salt.