North Country
2:41 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Low Flow On Connecticut River Prompts Complaints From Trout Tourists

Tourism is a huge part of the economy in the North Country and many of those tourists head to the upper reaches of the Connecticut near Pittsburg.

But those going up to fish for trout have noticed the river is lower than usual, Cindy Howe, one of the owners of the Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg said earlier this week.

“Well, right now the water coming out of the three dams which affect the fishing in the area is quite low. TransCanada has reduced the flows substantially and it is making it a little bit tougher on the fishing,” she said.

That also raised the concern of New Hampshire Fish and Game and Trout Unlimited.

Wednesday Sharan Kaur, a spokeswoman for TransCanada, said a metering sensor at one of the dams had malfunctioned, causing the problem.

“We have increased discharge from all three storage reservoirs in an effort to strike a balance between adequate discharge below the dams and suitable reservoir elevations above the dams,” she wrote in an e-mail. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely in order to ensure that there are no issues with the elevation monitoring sensor moving forward.”