THE DEAD REACH CHRONICLE on LOCAL-BIAS: Why the Connecticut River Ecosystem dies in the two mile stretch between Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA—and what could fix it right now!

Tune-in Greenfield Community Television’s (GCTV) Local-Bias Host Drew Hutchison and guest Karl Meyer, and find out why it would be compelling to hold a “DEAD REACH FESTIVAL” in Turners Falls and Greenfield–and how it could help artists, teachers, anglers, and school kids get to the truth about our River and begin fixing the ecosystem right here in our own back yard.

New England’s Great River system essentially withers and dies in the miserable dearth-or-deluge conditions caused by flows and manipulations below Turners Falls dam—conditions largely imposed on this critical reach to operate the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station just upstream.  For the sake of creating a total of 8-1/2 hours of reserve electrical generation, the River’s ocean connection and the American shad run upstream to Bellows Falls, VT is sacrificed—while the Connecticut’s ONLY federally endangered migratory fish, the shortnose sturgeon, is literally brought to the brink of total reproductive failure, year-in, and year-out, by miserable instream conditions forced upon them by dam operations.

This show airs tonight: Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 9 pm, on Local Channel 15; and repeats this coming week on Weds., April 4 at 5:30 pm; Thurs. April 5 at 9; and Sat. April 7 at 9.  You can also view it online.  Go to:  http://www.gctv.org/node/5264

See also: http://www.gctv.org/schedule