A group of senators and representatives are working to declare the Naugatuck River Valley a national heritage area.
On Tuesday, Senators Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Representatives Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, and Christopher S. Murphy, D-5th District, introduced the Naugatuck River Valley National Heritage Area Study Act a first step toward the designation, which only Congress can grant, according to a press release.
The legislation directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine if the area is suitable or not, the release states.
For five years now, the Healthy Valley Committee of the Valley Council for Health and Human Services, with help from other Valley organizations such as the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded efforts to get the recognition.
The designation would bring in federal dollars, which would enable the association to provide grants for projects such as historic preservation.
Groups wanting designation must achieve four steps, finish a feasibility study, involve the public in the study, demonstrate widespread public support for the designation and win commitment from key officials and organizations.