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The Resilient River: What It’s Like To Paddle Down The Quinnipiac

Wildlife biologist Peter Picone, above, has spent much of his life paddling the Quinnipiac. "It’s an adventure," he said. "Every bend has something different." Photo by Patrick Skahill for WNPR.

Wildlife biologist Peter Picone, above, has spent much of his life paddling the Quinnipiac. “It’s an adventure,” he said. “Every bend has something different.” Photo by Patrick Skahill for WNPR.

The Quinnipiac River was, historically, one of Connecticut’s most polluted. For decades, nineteenth-century factories and densely populated towns poured sewage and industrial waste into the river.

But recent history has been kinder to the Quinnipiac – thanks to a combination of conservation and environmental laws, which helped to boost its water quality and pave the way for the return of fish and wildlife.

For the full story, visit WNPR.