FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greenfield, MA November 15, 2012 – The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRC) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached that will restore the Chickley River to more natural and ecologically sound conditions. After Tropical Storm Irene caused massive flooding last fall, five miles of the Chickley River in Hawley, MA were straightened, dredged, and bermed. This misguided effort went far beyond what was necessary to repair and protect roads and infrastructure, made the river more dangerous, and wrecked the river’s legally designated cold-water fishery. When the company responsible for the work, E.T.&L., appealed a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enforcement order, CRC, Deerfield River Watershed Association (DRWA), and concerned citizens partnered to intervene in the appeal.