Welcome to LiveStream!

LiveStream is CRC’s newest way to connect you with your rivers through an online series of discussions with CRC staff members and partners. Episodes are hosted via Zoom and occur every other Wednesday from Noon-1pm, beginning 5/13/2020.  Recordings of each episode may be found here within 24 hours of the live broadcast.

To view upcoming LiveStream episodes, view our Events Calendar. You must register for each episode to receive meeting information.

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LiveStream Schedule

LiveStream, Ep. 1: Learning to Love Your Migratory Fish
presented by Andrew Fisk, CRC Executive Director

Air Date: 5/13/20

Our watershed is home to really amazing migratory fish. Our first LiveStream episode is a sort of icthyological speed dating, where you will learn about and come to love your migratory fish.  Their life history is interesting and important to making our rivers healthy and full of life. Come meet your new favorite fishy friend!

LiveStream, Ep. 2: But Can I Swim In It? How scientists determine the health of rivers and streams
presented by Ryan O’Donnell, CRC Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator

Air date: 5/27/20

Scientists use a variety of methods to determine the water quality in rivers and streams including looking at habitat, the creatures that make their homes in the water, and the water itself. This presentation provides a brief overview and example of each. And of course, it answers the questions everyone always wants to know, is it a good idea to swim in it?

LiveStream, Ep. 3: Free Our Rivers: Why and how CRC removes deadbeat dams
presented by Ron Rhodes, CRC River Steward

Air Date: 6/10/20

Before and After comparison

Learn what makes a deadbeat dam, why they should be removed from our rivers, and how you go about taking down a dam. Examples from CRC’s “dirty dozen” — 12 dam removals since 2014.

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Recording available by 6/11/20

LiveStream, Ep. 4: Floodplain Forest Restoration
presented by Fritz Gerhardt, CRC River Steward

Air Date: 6/17/20

Restoring a floodplain forest in Colebrook, NH

Floodplain forests are an important part of our river ecosystems. They reduce stream temperatures, improve fish and wildlife habitat, protect clean water, and reduce nutrient and sediment loading. In this presentation, we will discuss some characteristics of floodplain forests and efforts to protect and restore these forests along the Connecticut River and its tributaries.

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Recording available by 6/18/20

LiveStream, Ep. 5: Hydroelectricity and Your Rivers: Not as green as it seems
presented by Kathy Urffer, CRC River Steward

Air Date: 7/8/20

Explore the impacts of hydropower on our rivers and fish, the pros and cons of this ‘green’ energy, and how CRC works to balance river use with river protection. Learn how operating licenses and federal laws impact the way hydro dams are run. We’ll share how public can get involved and why you should.

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Recording available by 7/9/20

LiveStream, Ep. 6: Freshwater Mussels: Restoring the brook floaters
presented by Ayla Skorupa, PhD candidate, MA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, UMass, Amherst

Air Date: 7/22/20

What do parasites, fish, and filter feeding have in common? Freshwater mussels! Learn about native mussels present in streams and rivers throughout New England and a project to restore one of these endangered species to Massachusetts rivers.

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Recording available by 7/23/20