Connecticut River Conservancy Clean water. Healthy habitat. Thriving Communities. Tue, 23 May 2017 18:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LOOK: JOIN THE RIVER SWEEP! Thu, 18 May 2017 13:27:35 +0000

Saturday, June 24th

We are seeking paddling and boating groups from the Massachusetts boarder to Long Island Sound to adopt a stretch of the Connecticut River or a cove or pond to go out and look for European Water Chestnut and report findings to CRC. Training provided on identification and reporting. Join us! Contact Alicea Charamut at acharamut[at] or at (860) 704-0057 to adopt a stretch or find out more!

All paddling, boating and fishing groups are welcome to join!

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LEARN: Come to a information session and learn about Water Chestnut! Thu, 18 May 2017 13:10:26 +0000

Help us control this aquatic invasive plant! Learn how to identify and report water chestnut as well as when it appropriate to the pull the plants, how to properly pull them and how to properly dispose of the pulled plants.

Thursday, May 25th | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | The Connecticut River Museum | 67 Main Street, Essex

Wednesday, May 31st | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | deKoven House | 27 Washington Street, Middletown

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DO: LET’S PULL TOGETHER! JOIN A PULL NEAR YOU! Fri, 12 May 2017 19:39:53 +0000

Help save the Connecticut River from an alien invader!

Water chestnut

This is a great opportunity to get on the water and have some fun… all for a good cause.  Water chestnut is an invasive plant that has the potential to spread and get out of control.  It is wreaking havoc on native species and interfering with recreation on our rivers.  We will be hand-pulling the plants which pull up easily!  Join staff and partners throughout the watershed and paddle with a purpose! Most pulling events are BYOB. Bring your own boat! We could also use assistance from shallow draft motor boats to help us shuttle plants back to land.

We will provide supplies and instuction on how to pull the plants. It’s easy to do but techique is important. So is the work you will be doing!


Mattabesset Floating Meadows, Middletown | Contact Alicea Charamut

  • Saturdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | June 10 & 24 | July 8

Keeney Cove, Glastonbury | Contact Alicea Charamut

  • Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | June 14 & 21


Log Pond Cove, Holyoke | Contact Micheal Leff

  • Saturdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm | June 17 & 24 | July 8 & 15
  • Tuesdays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | June 13, 20 & 27 | July 11
  • Thursdays at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | June 15, 22 & 29 | July 6 & 13

Barton Cove, Gill | Contact Kim Noyes

  • Thursday, July 6: 6:00pm – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, July 6: 6:00pm – 8:30 pm

Vermont & New Hampshire

Check back later for dates!

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News Release – Spring 2017 River Restoration Plantings Completed in NH and VT Thu, 04 May 2017 14:32:07 +0000 For Immediate Release:  Thursday May 4, 2017

Contact:  Ron Rhodes, 802-457-6114

Five river restoration plantings in northern New Hampshire and Vermont completed this spring

Pomfret, Vermont – The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC), formerly the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and project partners planted 1,625 native trees and shrubs along 4,386 feet of riverbank at five locations in North Stratford, Stark, and Lisbon, New Hampshire and in Bradford, Vermont.

The riverside plantings along 4.76 acres of Bissell Brook, the Ammonoosuc, Upper Ammonoosuc, and Connecticut Rivers will help reduce erosion, improve water quality by filtering out pollutants, and increase habitat for fish and wildlife.  Since 2012, the Connecticut River Conservancy and its project partners have planted 17,625 native trees and shrubs along our rivers in the New Hampshire and Vermont portions of the watershed.

CRC works with farmers, towns and other landowners who have erosion problems on their property by applying for grants to fund conservation and restoration projects, as well as providing project management services free of charge to the landowner.

“We couldn’t do this important work without the landowners and our partners,” notes CRC River Steward Ron Rhodes, who coordinated the projects. “These trees and shrubs create buffers along rivers that filter out pollutants and help keep our rivers clean for swimming, fishing and boating.  The buffers act like a sponge and are relatively low cost, easy to implement projects,” said Rhodes.

Funding for these spring 2017 plantings was provided by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, as well as from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Project partners include the USDA-NRCS in New Hampshire and Vermont, the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, Beck Pond LLC, the Northwoods Stewardship Center, and four private landowners.  Species planted included Red and Silver maples, Box elders, Cottonwoods, Willows, Red Osier dogwoods, Elderberries, Speckled alders and other native stock purchased from the New England Wetland Plants in Amherst, MA.

The Connecticut River Conservancy, which is celebrating 65 years of protecting and restoring our rivers from source to sea, is a membership-based non-profit organization working for clean water, healthy habitat, and thriving communities. Learn more at


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Connecticut River Conservancy Dunks Director for Valley Gives Day Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:13:41 +0000

Greenfield, MA The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC), formerly Connecticut River Watershed Council, is literally going all in for our rivers for Valley Gives Day on May 2. During select hours on Valley Gives Day CRC executive director Andrew Fisk will jump in the Connecticut River for every donation made to CRC. All you have to do to get Andy really wet is visit and click the ‘Donate Now’ button during select hours.

From 10-11am, Fisk will jump in the Connecticut River at Barton Cove in Gill, MA (Franklin County). From 12-1pm, he will be jumping in the river at Sportsman’s Marina in Hadley, MA (Hampshire County). Finally, from 6-7pm, he will be jumping in the river at Holyoke Rows, in Holyoke, MA (Hampden County). Want to watch Andy get wet? CRC will be broadcasting LIVE on Facebook during the dunk hours at

The Connecticut River Conservancy, founded in 1952, is headquartered in Greenfield, MA. This year they celebrate 65 years of serving as the leading nonprofit advocate for the entire Connecticut River and its watershed, which includes tributary rivers and streams throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. They also relaunched the organization with a new name, logo, and renewed energy and focus on their mission of protecting and advocating for our rivers and working toward a vision for our rivers that we all share: Clean water. Healthy habitat. Thriving communities.

“Our rivers are a public resource – they literally belong to all of us, and we are all entrusted with their care,” notes Fisk. “But they won’t stay clean and full of life simply because we want them to. It will take all of us working together to preserve and protect them. If you care about the future of our rivers, we invite you to join us. Your rivers need you now more than ever.”

To learn more about the Connecticut River Conservancy or to make a contribution to help protect your rivers, visit or call 413-772-2020.


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CRWC is now CRC Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:00:59 +0000

This year, CRWC is turning 65 and retiring our old name and logo to become the Connecticut River Conservancy.

While our name and look are changing, our mission will remain focused on protecting and advocating for our rivers and working toward a vision for our rivers that we all share. This vision is outlined in CRC’s new slogan: Clean water. Healthy habitat. Thriving communities.

Threats to our rivers remain urgent but are more diverse and present new challenges. In order to continue meeting these challenges to our rivers head on, we must evolve and grow. How we confront these challenges now will have repercussions for the next 65 years. This is a responsibility that the Connecticut River Conservancy takes seriously, just as we have for the past 65 years.

Our rivers won’t stay clean and full of life simply because we want them to. It will take all of us working together to preserve and protect them. If you care about the future of our rivers, we invite you to join us. Your rivers need you now more than ever.

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CRC Defends the Bottle Bill in Connecticut Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:18:07 +0000 CRC submitted testimony on two bills currently in the Environment Committee of the Connecticut legislature that impact Connecticut’s Bottle Bill. We opposed Raised Bill 996 – An Act Establishing a Bottle Recycling Fee in Lieu of a Bottle Deposit which would eliminate the Bottle Bill and supported Raised Bill 5618 – An Act Concerning An Increase in the Handling Fee for Bottle Redemption Centers which would give redemption centers a much needed increase in a share of the deposit funds needed to maintain their operations.

For the Environment Committee

Testimony of Alicea Charamut, Lower River Steward

March 10, 2017


Thousands of volunteers deploy along the waterways in the Connecticut River Watershed to participate in the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source to Sea Cleanup in order to remove 50 tons of trash each year. It is CRC’s goal to get out of the business of hauling trash out of our rivers by supporting legislation and policies that keep trash from ending up in our waterways. Passage of RB 996 will most certainly make achieving this goal impossible and passage of RB 5618 will help strengthen a program essential to meeting it.

Single-serve beverage containers are the most commonly found item at every river cleanup site. We expect to see this situation get worse if the Deposit/Return system is replaced with a recycling fee as proposed in RB 996. The Deposit/Return system gives value to common trash. If the litterbug doesn’t appreciate the nickel tossed to the side of the road or in the river, there are plenty of people who do and will be willing to pick it up for its redemption value.

In addition, there is the quality of recovered materials for reuse to consider. Glass recovered from redemption centers is of higher quality than that of glass recovered from curbside single stream recycling. In order to prevent an increase in blight due to litter and to encourage a more effective circular economy, I ask you to vote against RB 996.

However, Connecticut’s current Bottle Bill is in need of repair. Because the cost of doing business and providing services has certainly increased since the Bottle Bill was first enacted in 1980, the handling fee must be increased so that dealers and redemption centers can perform their responsibilities under the law. Please pass RB 5618.

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Dam Removal Open House – East Burke, VT Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:01:18 +0000

East Burke Dam “Open House” – Thurs. March 30th – 12 Noon to 7 PM @ the Burke Mountain Club/Library

The East Burke dam has been an integral part of town for decades, but it is deteriorating and no longer serves a useful purpose.  The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRC) is helping the dam owner, PVLT, pursue removal.

Previous comments submitted a few years ago and more recent community input gathered by CRC have been used to modify and improve the proposed dam removal design plan.

The purpose of the March 30th “open house” is to present the newly drafted design plan and sediment management report prepared by the engineering firm.  A copy of both will be available for your review, comment and questions.

Please join the engineers from Milone and MacBroom and CRC project manager Ron Rhodes on Thursday March 30th anytime between 12 noon to 7 PM at the Burke Mountain Club/Library.  Weather permitting we’d love to walk over to the dam with interested individuals also.

Questions?  Contact Ron Rhodes, (802) 457-6114 or


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Longtime CRC River Steward David Deen Retiring Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:49:11 +0000 For Immediate Release

March 8, 2017 – The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRC) announced today that long-time Upper Valley River Steward David Deen will be retiring on March 15. Deen has served as a CRC River Steward for 19 years, working to protect and restore the Connecticut River and its tributaries in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Deen describes his River Steward work as “resisting the bad things that could happen to the Connecticut River and celebrating the good things about the river.” He led the organization’s efforts to fight Vermont Yankee’s thermal pollution, and most recently has been CRC’s point person on the relicensing of three hydroelectric dams in Wilder, Bellows Falls & Vernon.

“David has been a linchpin for our organization and CRC wouldn’t be what it is today without his steadfast dedication and many hours of work on behalf of the river, its fish, and the communities in the Upper Valley,” said CRC Executive Director, Andrew Fisk. “David understands the value of working together for a common cause and how to bring people together to enact change so that everybody can enjoy this great river.”

Deen, who has spent more than 25 years as a Vermont legislator, helped enact Vermont’s Clean Water Act last year as chair of the House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee. He will continue in his legislative role and vows to continue working toward clean water for all Vermonters. Deen, who holds a M.S. from Antioch University New England Graduate School, can be found fishing in the Connecticut River and its tributaries during his days off.

Although retiring as a CRC staff person, Deen will continue to assist CRC as an Honorary Trustee. As such, he will help the organization celebrate its 65th anniversary this year, which includes relaunching the organization with a new name and logo and sharing the vision for our rivers for the next 65 years. CRC is planning several retirement parties for Deen throughout the watershed in the months ahead. Additional details will be available at

CRC has one other River Steward helping cover New Hampshire and Vermont, but Deen’s position will be filled. The job will focus on policy and advocacy issues, including dam relicensing, water quality, and environmental regulations. Candidates should contact Ron Rhodes at or 802-457-6114 for additional information.


Ron Rhodes, River Steward

(802) 457-6114

Connecticut River Watershed Council

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The Power of Water / The Power of Words: A community art project to influence major river decisions Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:30:46 +0000 Hanover, NH – On Thursday, March 23 from 7-9pm the Howe Library (13 E. South Street, Mayer Room) will host a lively and informative free public presentation of The Power of Water / The Power of Words. This joint project of the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRC) and Art & Dialogue will collect your aspirations for the future of the Connecticut River. As owners of our rivers, you have a unique opportunity to have a say in how five Connecticut River hydropower facilities will be operated for several generations. The five hydropower facilities, from Wilder, VT to Montague, MA, are currently being relicensed—a process that happens only once every 30-50 years.

This is your chance to tell legislators and energy regulators what your rivers mean to you. Participants young and old are invited to share river stories and hopes and dreams for the future of our rivers on sculpted pieces of colored paper that will be transformed into a massive and inspiring community art installation. All of these stories will also be submitted as official public comment to the government hydroelectricity relicensing agencies. Assembled in a flowing wall display, it speaks of the Connecticut River being cleaner and hydropower greener. The full art exhibit will be on display in the Vermont State House for the month of March and other locations to be determined.

Hydropower facilities on the Connecticut River generate renewable energy but also significantly impact migratory fish passage and habitat for many species including endangered short nose sturgeon, as well as cause significant erosion of riverbanks along the 200 miles impacted by these five facilities. Hydropower facilities also impact recreational opportunities in many ways—positive and negative.

CRC and Art & Dialogue are available to bring this FREE presentation to your school, organization or community group. For more information, contact Colleen Bent, at or 413-772-2020 ext.206. Generously funded by the Putnam Foundation; co-sponsored by Hanover Conservancy.

To learn more about CRC, or to join the effort and help protect our rivers, visit

Learn more about Art & Dialogue at

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