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Monthly newspaper column about the River and its many related topics, written by River Steward David Deen.

Defunct Dams Still Damage Rivers

We have been reading and hearing a lot about dams lately. There is the recent story about rehabilitation of the Bennington, VT dams, the proposed

Freshwater Mussels: an indicator species

A common question when someone sees their first littering of freshwater mussel shells at the edge of the Connecticut River or one of its tributaries,

The American Eel: a peculiar fish

The American eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a peculiar fish. First, although eels breathe with gills underwater, they can survive out of water for several hours

RAPS-not a new slang word

An important statewide, intense, and lengthy process to protect the waters of Vermont just ended. It started 18 months ago with the passage of Act

Sea Lamprey: The Ancient Fish

Most people do not like sea lampreys even though they have never seen one. The fish have a bad reputation as an invasive species in

Aquatic exotics: be safe not sorry

Ding, ding, ding, ding: the start bell for river season rang on Memorial Day and the Connecticut River Watershed Council asks all river users to

Watersheds: their own places

River advocates often refer to rivers, streams, and lakes as being part of a watershed. We use the word because we are familiar with the

A Tale of Three Great Rivers

Three great rivers flow north to south in New England. One is our Connecticut River. The others are the Hudson River, most often thought of

Mosquitoes: not just odious pests

If one were to offer that there was something good about mosquitoes, now would be the time of year to do so since they are

Table Top Standoff

Being an incurable over the side of bridges watcher for 50 years can lead to some entertaining events that unfold while peering into the water.