Connecticut River Watershed Council seeks dam input


BRATTLEBORO >> If you care about the region's rivers, join the Connecticut River Watershed Council and Art for Water in creating a "river of words" to draw attention to five major hydro-operations including Vernon, Bellows Falls, Wilder Dams to north of Hanover, N.H.

This public participation, community art project will tell a thousand stories urging officials to improve the ecological health and recreational opportunities of the Connecticut River. Add your voice by attending a presentation at the Windsor Town Welcome Center (near the Amtrak station), 3 Railroad Ave., on Tuesday evening, May 10, at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

"The state and federal government is in the process of making decisions about how these dams will operate over the next 30 to 40 years. You have a unique opportunity to influence how 200 miles of the Connecticut River Montague, Mass., to north of Hanover, N.H., will be managed, restored and improved" said Andrew Fisk, Executive Director of the CRWC.

These hydropower facilities generate renewable energy that powers our economy, but they also have significant impact on our rivers. These facilities negatively affect how migratory fish move up and down our rivers, and cause erosion of valuable farmland and private property.

There are advantages and disadvantages to every energy source and this relicensing is an opportunity to make these facilities operate better for the river and the public by creating a better balance between the positives and negatives of hydropower.

"The public owns our rivers and we have a powerful voice in shaping their future and our energy policy, we want people to tell us what they want for their river," said Fisk,

To learn more about the presentation, call 413-772-2020, ext. 206.


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