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Earth Matters: A brief history of our soil: Why the Valley land produces such amazing crop
06-14-2024 11:14 AM

By TOM LITWIN

There is a stretch of road that runs north along the Connecticut River from the Whately/Hatfield line to the foot of Sugarloaf. It is no surprise its name is River Road. Leaving Northampton I often take “the river road,” the long way home. Over the...

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Gillbilly Paddle organizers hope for fair weather in 2024, after 2 years of cancellations
07-05-2024 1:50 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

GILL — After two consecutive years of weather-related cancellations, organizers of the Gillbilly Paddle are hoping for fair weather to take to the water on Saturday, July 13. The Gillbilly Paddle has been a summer tradition since 2018 when Gill...


Feds eye flood mitigation measures in Pioneer Valley
06-30-2024 8:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE and ALEXA LEWIS

With Massachusetts experiencing its seventh-wettest year on record in 2023 as torrential rainstorms ravaged roads, farms and homes, the federal government, the state and those here in the Pioneer Valley are turning their eyes toward future flood...


FirstLight expanding access to rec areas
06-03-2024 11:43 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Andy Brydges attended the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society’s annual conference at The College of the Holy Cross and saw a presentation that spoke to him.Autism Alliance, a program of the larger organization Advocates, spoke to attendees...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-24-2024 1:31 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are a...


Environmental advocates hosting ‘people’s hearing’ on Connecticut River rights
11-16-2023 2:28 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Song, poetry and testimony will flow freely at the Shea Theater Arts Center on Saturday as environmental advocates protest FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s operations on the Connecticut River.The Connecticut River Defenders’ “A...


One for the record books? Florence man’s 40-mile pumpkin paddle ends with ‘only one near-capsize’
11-08-2023 6:51 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Hop in a car at the Stillwater Bridge in Deerfield and you can make it to the Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke in about a half-hour. A bicycle can you get you there in roughly 2½ hours and walking will likely take you eight hours. Dave Rothstein now...


Gourd big or gourd home: Pumpkin paddler looks to draw attention to Conn. River with record attempt
11-08-2023 6:51 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

If you wake up on Saturday morning and see a man paddling a pumpkin down the Connecticut River or the Deerfield River, don’t fret — you aren’t hallucinating. It just means the conditions are right for Dave Rothstein to try to break a Guinness World...


McGovern files bill to expand Connecticut River conservation
11-08-2023 3:17 PM

HADLEY — U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern is calling on the federal government to establish a new, expansive conservation strategy for the Connecticut River.The Worcester Democrat joined with conservation advocates, lawmakers and others last weekend to promote...


Rebecca Todd named Connecticut River Conservancy’s new executive director
10-16-2023 4:31 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Years ago, Rebecca Todd and her roommate decided to cap off their first year at Dartmouth College by paddling home on the Connecticut River — from Hanover, New Hampshire to Walpole, New Hampshire.“I wouldn’t say that was the start of my...


Cooperative expands on work to restore, manage native migratory fishes
10-06-2023 7:33 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — Federal, state and nonprofit partners launched the new Connecticut River Migratory Fish Restoration Cooperative on Thursday to expand on work to restore and manage native migratory fishes and their habitats in New England’s largest...


‘It’s amazing what an hour can do’: Volunteers unite for annual rivers cleanup
09-24-2023 2:32 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — Many hands came together to make light work of cleaning up the Connecticut River Watershed over the weekend, ensuring that discarded litter and debris stays out of the region’s bodies of water.The Greenfield-based Connecticut River...


Millers Falls woman catches record-breaking catfish on Connecticut River
08-29-2023 2:31 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

HOLYOKE — While the term “catfish” has come to refer to deceptively portraying oneself online to manipulate others, know that you’re not being catfished here — the jaw-dropping images you’re about to see are real.Millers Falls resident Brandy...


FirstLight probe of Turners Falls dam leaks to commence
08-09-2023 5:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — After two hydraulic leaks since early 2022, FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. is planning an investigation into the Turners Falls dam’s bascule gate pistons.A 1-gallon leak that occurred in March, as well as a 300-gallon leak in February...


State-owned boat ramps reopen on Conn. River after storm-related closures
08-07-2023 6:31 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Connecticut River boat access points in Gill and Sunderland are among the six state-owned locations that have reopened following storm-necessitated closures in July, the state Department of Fish and Game announced Monday.Gill’s Barton Cove boat launch...


Public advised to avoid rivers following sewage discharges in Greenfield, Montague
07-17-2023 5:34 PM

By MARY BYRNE and JULIAN MENDOZA

For the third time in just over a week, heavy rains led to the discharge of untreated sewage and waste mixed with stormwater at locations in Greenfield and Montague that have impacted parts of three Franklin County rivers and made swimming unsafe.In...


PHOTO: Calm waters
06-30-2023 10:08 AM


River advocates to protest Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project
05-26-2023 3:17 PM

NORTHFIELD — The Connecticut River Defenders advocacy group will hold a rally to protest the relicensing of FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project on Saturday, May 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Ferry...


PHOTOS: Waiting for their moment
05-25-2023 11:20 AM


Earth Matters: Juvenile plants just not ready to bloom
05-08-2023 1:58 PM

By LAWRENCE WINSHIP

Each spring the Connecticut River Valley is flooded with fresh colors and smells as leaves and flowers burst out of dormant buds on trees and shrubs. Green shoots push up through the last snow and over-top last year’s brown leaves, covering the ground...


Advocates seek extension for FirstLight public comments
05-02-2023 7:06 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — The Connecticut River Conservancy is requesting an extension of the public comment period for FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s relicensing after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requested further information.FirstLight,...

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