A new river access site is opening on the Housatonic River after a decade of planning. The ribbon cutting is set for Saturday, at 2pm at “The Bend” of the Housatonic River in West Cornwall.
The HVA Watershed Conservation Director and others will hold a brief dedication ceremony.
The completed project provides safe access for boating and fishing, addresses runoff issues, restores riverside wildlife habitat and provides parking for people visiting West Cornwall. Runoff and erosion prevention measures were put in, invasive plants were removed and native trees and shrubs were restored.
The access ramp was upgraded to accommodate the Cornwall Fire Department’s river rescue boat in emergencies. An interpretive kiosk and a concrete pad for a portable toilet were also installed.
Representatives from property owner Eversource Energy, the Housatonic River Commission and project designer and contractor will be on hand. Experienced boaters are encouraged to join a short paddle from The Bend down to Housatonic Meadows State Park to mark the occasion, as weather conditions permit.