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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Proposals To Mass Fish & Wildlife

DRWTU  is recommending that during the hot summer months of July and August, Mass Fish and Wildlife adopt no fishing zones within 100 feet from the mouths of posted cold-water tributaries: Pelham Brook, Cold River, Chickley River, Avery Brook, Clesson Brook, etc. In many summer months, the mouths of cold-water tributaries offer trout sanctuary from … Continue reading Proposals To Mass Fish & Wildlife

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FERC Re-licensing of the Fife Brook Dam

  LINK TO BEAR SWAMP RELICENSING (FERC No. 2669):  http://www.bearswampproject.com LINK TO BEAR SWAMP RECREATION SURVEY https://renewableops.brookfield.com/en/Presence/North-America/Recreation-and-Safety/Bear-Swamp-Relicensing/Recreation-Survey TROUT SPAWNING SURVEY REQUEST DEERFIELD RIVER WATERSHED CHAPTER TROUT UNLIMITED PO Box 133 Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 December 20, 2016 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street, N.E., Room 1 A Washington, DC 20426 RE: Bear Swamp Project, … Continue reading FERC Re-licensing of the Fife Brook Dam

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Wading Safety Study

As part of the re-licensing requirements for the Fife Brook dam operated by Brookfield Renewable Partners, (BRP), a wading study was conducted on August  22nd, 23rd and 24th 2016 to determine the effect of three different releases on the safety of wading anglers. It is hoped that the information learned from this study will be … Continue reading Wading Safety Study

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