JUNE is National Rivers Month in the United States!

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When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.
– Leonardo Da Vinci

June is National Rivers Month! Who knew? I sure didn’t, but I’m glad I found out! It is giving me the opportunity to think about the beautiful river near me. I drive over the bridge that spans this great river whenever I go to the Oak Meadow office. It is such a beautiful river in all seasons! In the spring the waters often flow over the banks and rush along at a good speed for some fun canoeing! In the summer it smoothly glides one downstream and kids can be seen jumping into the water from long ropes attached to trees. They’re enjoying the cool relief from the summer’s heat. The fall is a glorious sight with the colors of the leaves reflected in imagesthe water. Winter brings ice and dangling icicles along the banks. The river is home to salmon, mussels, frogs, geese, ducks, eagles, and a whole lot more flora and fauna! It provides fresh water to farms and animals all along its long course. What river is it? It’s the Connecticut River!

I was thinking that it’s one of the longest rivers on the east coast. I wasn’t sure, so I investigated. Instead of going to my bookshelf, I went to the internet and found that, according to the Connecticut River Watershed Council, it is a watershed that covers “11,000 square miles and includes portions of four states: NH, VT, MA & CT.” I’ve heard the word “watershed” but I didn’t know exactly what it meant so I investigated that, too! I even found out that I can join a Connecticut River clean up day in June.

So I’m happy I found out that June is National Rivers Month here in the U.S.! It inspired me to find out new things about the river I love so much.

Interested in river facts? Try this site for lots of good information!