Farmington River Power Company & Rainbow Fish Ladder Tour
Date:May 20, 2018
Venue:Rainbow Fish Dam and Ladder
Address:347 Rainbow Rd, Windsor, CT 06095, USAWindsor Connecticut 06095
Dams in the Rainbow area have harnessed waterpower from 1825 to this day. This site is also significant in the history of power transmission. In 1893, electricity in the form of three-phase alternating current at between four and five thousand volts was transmitted from this location eleven miles south to the Hartford Electric Company Power Station. This was the first time in this country that a public utilities company transmitted electrical power over a considerable distance for commercial use -- an amazing demonstration of electricity’s potential at that time. The fish ladder, a series of 59 interconnected pools, was constructed in 1976 to make it possible for anadromous fish like salmon and shad to return upriver to spawn. You will probably see shad and lamphrey. Unfortunately, the hoped-for salmon runs have not materialized, and water turbulence is hard on the shad passing through the pools. A new fish passageway for Rainbow is currently in the design stage. Limited space, reserve your spot for this program by May 19.