Issues

DEP Denies Water Quality Certification to Brookfield

Citing documentation of the DRWTU Trout Spawning Studies, MA Department of Environmental Protection has denied the Water Quality Certification to Brookfield Power in the final phase of the relicensing of Fife Brook Dam and Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Facility. DEP will consider a new application that addresses MA Fish and Wildlife concerns regarding the impact … Continue reading DEP Denies Water Quality Certification to Brookfield

DRWTU Submits Comments in Fife Dam Relicensing

On December 14, 2019 Chris Myhrum submitted comments on behalf of the DRWTU Chapter as an intervener in the FERC relicensing process of the Fife Brook Dam and Bear Swamp Hydroelectric project. You can read the document here.

Catch a Radio Tagged Brown?

If you are following DRWTU here or through local media, you know we are embarking on a two year-long study of thirty radio-tagged brown trout in the Deerfield River. This collaboration already involves scores of volunteers from TU and partner conservation agencies, biologists from the USGS Silvio Conte Anadromous Fish Lab, and MA Fish and … Continue reading Catch a Radio Tagged Brown?

Devastating Fish Kill on the North River (Updated 9/4/19)

The North River is one of the major tributaries of the Deerfield River; it is designated as a ‘Major River’ by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At about 12:30 PM on September 1, I observed hundreds of dead fish at my house near the confluence with the Deerfield. I traced the multiple sizes and species of … Continue reading Devastating Fish Kill on the North River (Updated 9/4/19)

Cover photo for the Final Report on the 2018 DRWTU Trout Spawning Study

Spawning Study Final Report

We are very excited to be able to share the final report of the Second Deerfield River Trout Spawning Study. The pdf is available to read or download here. The report authored by Erin Rodgers, PhD, with contributions from Mike Hayden, was submitted to TU National on July 13 as part of the final Embrace … Continue reading Spawning Study Final Report

TU National Supports RAWA

TU National supports new legislation coming out of congress called Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) and you can too. Read all about it here. Then, contact your congressional representative and urge them to vote for this bill.

DRWTU And MA F&W Continue Adult Brown Trout Survey

Read all about it here: https://www.mass.gov/news/brown-trout-study-continues-on-the-upper-deerfield-river Wild Brown Trout Want YOU to report your catch – any trout in the section of the Deerfield below Fife Brook Dam and above Shelburne Falls (#4 Dam). Click —>Here<—- to report

DRWTU,MA F&W, and USFW File Comments in Relicensing Process

Update April 25: MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and US Fisheries and Wildlife Service both cited the DRWTU Trout Spawning Studies in comments filed with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) (See links below). MASS Fish & Wildlife Comments US Fisheries & Wildlife Service Comments DRWTU Attorney Chris Myhrum has filed two official documents … Continue reading DRWTU,MA F&W, and USFW File Comments in Relicensing Process

Somerset Integrated Resource Project

Board Members Chris Jackson, Sheila and Eric Halloran attended a meeting at the invitation of the Connecticut Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Wilmington VT last month. The meeting previewed a more formal presentation of the plan for the US Forestry Service conservation project on a section of the Green Mountain National Forest that includes … Continue reading Somerset Integrated Resource Project

Interim Spawning Study Report and Letter to FERC

As co-chair of the DRWTU Conservation Committee, Kevin Parsons has submitted a letter along with the interim report from the second year’s spawning study on the Deerfield River to the Federal Energy Resource Commission. Click Here to see Parsons Letter.