From Seven Days VT: "Gov Peter Shumlin and the leaders of the House and Senate agreed Tuesday that the state should consider purchasing the hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers. Their owner, TransCanada, has announced it wants to sell 13 dams."
From Yale Environment 360: "Fishways on rivers in the US Northeast are failing, with less than 3 percent of one key species making it upriver to their spawning grounds, according to a new study. The researchers’ findings provide a cautionary tale for other nations now planning big dam projects."
From the Portland Press Herald: "The federal wildlife service estimates 100,000 salmon returned to the Penobscot River each year in the 19th century, and fewer than 750 returned to spawn in Maine rivers last year."
From the Valley News: "Public officials in Vermont again are expressing interest in getting into the power generation business now that a series of hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers is up for sale for the first time in more than a decade."
From the Seattle Times: "TransCanada is looking to sell its New England power generation business, including hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River, as part of its effort to finance its $10 billion acquisition of Houston-based Columbia Pipeline Group."
From the Valley News: "Federal regulators this week granted a preliminary permit to a Massachusetts-based company seeking to determine the feasibility of generating electricity from two dams on the Mascoma River."
From HydroWorld: "As power project owners the world over become more cognizant of legitimate concerns raised by a number of international organizations, the cost many hydropower project operators have faced in providing environmental improvements for waterways is a reduction in generating capacity. However, a new initiative from The Nature Conservancy seeks to show companies how system-scale approaches can lead to balanced outcomes between river health and energy generation."
From the New Hampshire Union Leader: "A $1.8 million plan to remove the 17th-century dam in the heart of Exeter’s historic downtown recently got a big boost when the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approved $610,960 of funding for the removal project through the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grant Program, which aims to create healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration."