Elevated lead levels found in water at some homes
Dec05

Elevated lead levels found in water at some homes

DEERFIELD — The town is advising residents on how to stay safe and healthy after the South Deerfield Water Supply District discovered elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes and buildings during a monitoring period between June 1 and Sept. 30.According to information from the water supply district, water is lead-free when it leaves its reservoirs, but lead can make its way into water through lead piping often found in...

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Elevated lead levels found in water at some homes
Dec04

Elevated lead levels found in water at some homes

DEERFIELD — The town is advising residents on how to stay safe and healthy after the South Deerfield Water Supply District discovered elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes and buildings during a monitoring period between June 1 and Sept. 30.According to information from the water supply district, water is lead-free when it leaves its reservoirs, but lead can make its way into water through lead piping often found in...

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Warwick Selectboard writes to state rep. about forest management
Dec02

Warwick Selectboard writes to state rep. about forest management

WARWICK — Selectboard members signed a letter to Rep. Susannah Whipps, I-Athol, expressing concern with how House Bill 897 (H.897), An Act Relative to Forest Protection, would affect the rural town and climate management.If passed, the bill would classify all 650,000 acres of state-owned conservation land as “parks” or “reserves,” based on designations currently used by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.Selectboard Vice...

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The Return of the Woodlands: A story of natives and invasives
Nov23

The Return of the Woodlands: A story of natives and invasives

I began this series on environmental transformations in the Pioneer Valley in March, describing the land and its peoples before the English arrived in the mid-1600s and the effects of the influx of people, plants and animals that followed. In the second part, I left our readers at the height of deforestation around 1850. The few remaining great trees grew in inaccessible spots, the rest cut for potash, buildings, fences, heating and...

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Senate renews push for single-use plastic bag ban
Nov18

Senate renews push for single-use plastic bag ban

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate is now scheduled to vote on not one, but two consumer product bans on Wednesday in its final formal session of the year.The chamber teed up legislation Monday that would forbid retail businesses from providing customers with single-use plastic bags, placing it on an agenda that already includes a House-approved bill banning flavored tobacco products and imposing a 75 percent tax on e-cigarettes.Under...

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Climate change challenging Massachusetts oyster fishery
Nov18

Climate change challenging Massachusetts oyster fishery

As climate change transforms ocean waters around the globe, the rapidly growing Massachusetts oyster industry is feeling the heat. Effects such as warming waters, rising sea levels, coastal acidification, and stronger storms have created roadblocks for an industry with otherwise tremendous momentum.The mollusk shellfish harvest from Massachusetts state waters in 2018 was valued at over $45 million, according to a report released by...

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