Hatchery delivers trout eggs for Colrain first-graders to raise and release
Dec11

Hatchery delivers trout eggs for Colrain first-graders to raise and release

COLRAIN — First-graders at Colrain Central School got their new pet project Tuesday.Daniel Marchant, manager of the Roger Reed Hatchery in Palmer, came bearing roughly 200 brook trout eggs for the youngsters to hatch and raise until it is time to release them into the North River in the spring. The school signed on to the state’s Teaching with Trout program after an unknown volume of acid leaked from a seam in a holding tank at...

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Earth Matters: Can trees help us with climate change?
Dec08

Earth Matters: Can trees help us with climate change?

This past summer, driving back from a family wedding in Montana, I saw thousands of rail cars headed east, fully loaded with Wyoming coal. One particular scene sticks in my mind. An enormous train thundered along beside the interstate highway in front of a wind farm with hundreds of 1.5-megawatt generators stretching to the horizon — our existential dilemma spread out for all to see across what was once buffalo-grazed prairie.We do...

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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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