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Hydroelectricity, Erosion, and Farmland Loss on the Connecticut River

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At the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Connecticut River Watershed Farmer's Alliance, Kathy Urffer, NH/VT River Steward for the Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC), clearly presented the complex issues surrounding bank erosion and prime farmland loss caused by water level fluctuations from daily dam releases. Kathy provides ways for the public to advocate for farmers, addressing these issues within the context of the current FERC Dam Relicensing process. CRC is a leading river advocate in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) process to regulate hydropower facilities in the Connecticut River basin. In exchange for the privilege of damming our rivers, a private hydropower operator must provide direct benefits to the public and the river. These benefits may include recreational facilities, better fish passage and reducing damage to healthy river habitats. CRC has, since our founding in 1952, worked to see that hydro projects meet the federal and state laws that require a balancing of public good and private interests. Producer: For The Record Video

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 15:00