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Connecticut River Advocates Schedule Virtual Events About Hydropower Relicensing

The Connecticut River as it winds through Massachusetts

The Connecticut River Conservancy tomorrow is hosting the first of three scheduled public discussions about the re-licensing of five hydropower facilities.

Power companies applied in December to renew operating licenses for the Turners Falls Dam and Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage in Massachusetts and the Wilder, Bellows Falls, and Vernon Dams in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The question and answer sessions with CRC staff and various experts is an effort to get people to speak up in what is perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to influence how the hydropower dams are operated.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Andrea Donlon, the Conservancy’s River Steward in Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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