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A new online guide aims to track the bacteria levels of the Connecticut River at nearly 200 sites throughout New England.

The Connecticut River Conservancy's "Is It Clean?" webpage lists results from testing done for E. coli at nearly 200 sites in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. 

Nature Conservancy

A major study of the Connecticut River shows how its flow and ecosystem has been altered by dozens of dams.

The nonprofit Nature Conservancy worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to try and reconstruct how the Connecticut River might flow if not for the more than 70 large dams in its watershed.

Britta Greene for NHPR

Right now, a group of hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River are undergoing a once-in-a-generation process – a federal relicensing. NHPR’s Annie Ropeik went to the dams and talked with people who live, work and play nearby about what they hope might change.  

Justine Paradis

What if the gym were a joyful place?

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The Connecticut River springs to life in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, just a few hundred yards from the Canadian border. From there, it snakes 400 or miles southward, where it discharges into the Long Island Sound. This month, a group of river-lovers are paddling the length of the Connecticut to highlight its history, importance and beauty.

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The EPA has awarded $200,000 for the redevelopment of an old paper mill site along the Connecticut River.

Figuring out what to do with old mill buildings is an ongoing - and expensive - challenge for many New England towns. This site, the old Robertson Mill, actually sits on an island in the Connecticut River, right between New Hampshire and Bellows Falls, Vermont. You can hear the nearby falls from here on the property.

"It’s one of the old mill buildings that this town, really...a lot of this economy was built upon."

Heading Down The Connecticut In A Corker Of A Boat

Jul 24, 2015
Chris Jensen for NHPR

When it comes to what floats your boat there are many possibilities.

For a retired North Country doctor it is literally corks.

About 65,000 wine corks are keeping his home-built catamaran afloat on the Connecticut River and on a recent morning at the Bedell State Park near Haverhill a group of teenagers was transfixed when they saw it in the water.

“Look at that guys, the boat is made out of wine corks!"

"No way."

"You drank all the wine yourself, right?"

"That is so sick."

"Awesome!”

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A total of $1.3 million in grants is going to 13 Connecticut River projects in New Hampshire and Vermont to improve water quality, restore habitat and conserve space.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation grants were announced Tuesday.

A fund dedicated to the restoration and protection of the river, its wetlands and shorelands is expected to provide about $21 million for the projects over 20 years.

The Connecticut River Watershed is sharing in a $10 million USDA grant for farmers and communities to improve soil health and conserve land for wildlife habitat and recreation.

The total grant is going to the Long Island Sound Watershed, which includes the Connecticut River watershed. The river contributes over 70 percent of the fresh water to the Long Island Sound.

The $10 million grant will be matched dollar-for-dollar by other state, local, and private funding sources for numerous conservation projects throughout New Hampshire and New England.

Sean Hurley

There are 4,800 dams in New Hampshire but only two where a full time dam operator is required to live on site.  There's Moore Dam in Littleton and Murphy Dam in Pittsburg.  NHPR's Sean Hurley recently visited with Murphy Dam Operator Alan Williams to learn more about life on a dam. 

Near sunrise, nearly every morning, coffee in hand, Alan Williams leaves the dam house and walks up the dam road and heads out across the half mile bunker of piled earth that is the Murphy Dam.  

Wet Summer
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State lawmakers will vote this week on whether to accept a deal that would give 18 towns about $540,000 in back tax payments.  A state House and Senate committee of conference approved a measure addressing back payments from Massachusetts to towns along the Merrimack and Connecticut River watersheds on Friday. 

National "Blueways"

Oct 12, 2012
Evan Gregg / Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: The federal government recently designated the Connecticut River watershed as the nation’s first “National Blueway.” What is a National Blueway and does such a designation come with any funding for conservation or other purposes?                 

Vermont Yankee Opponents Say Water Permit Could Force Plant To Close

Jul 5, 2012

A loss late last month in federal appeals court has limited the state’s options to challenge Vermont Yankee’s operating license.

An Intervale firm is in trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency over allegations of water pollution in the North Country.

 NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

CSG Holdings – also known as Columbia Sand & Gravel - is accused of allowing polluted water to get into the Connecticut River.

“The nature of the discharge from the site contained large amounts of suspended solids basically.  Sand.  Silt.”

That’s David Deegan, an EPA spokesman.

2300 Acres Conserved in North Country

Dec 9, 2011

A large tract of some of the North Country’s most beautiful terrain has been protected from development. 

A new conservation easement is going to protect land around Pittsburg and the Connecticut River.

“We just today finalized a conservation easement on 2,300 acres up in Pittsburg up around First and Second Connecticut Lakes.”

That’s Jack Savage. He’s a spokesman for The Society for The Protection of New Hampshire Forests.