On Tuesday, January 22, from 8 – 10 a.m., WHMP Radio, 1240 and 1400 a.m., and 96.9 f.m. in Northampton, will host a community forum to explore the future of the Connecticut River’s Dead Reach at Mile 120 in Turners Falls.  Hosted by Bob Flaherty, Denise Vozella, Bill Newman, and Mary Serez, the Live Forum will be held at Sylvester’s Restaurant on Pleasant Street in Northampton. Panel will be made up of myself, Dr. Boyd Kynard who has conducted a quarter century of fish behavior research in this stretch of the CT including groundbreaking work on federally endangered shortnose sturgeon, and US Fish & Wildlife Service Connecticut River Coordinator Ken Sprankle, as well as US F&WS dam and fish passage expert John Warner.

Stop by Sylvester’s, or listen to the forum, which will also be available by Podcast.  Find out how federal licensing decisions being made for Mile 120 on the CT will affect the ecosystem for decades to come.  Will shortnose sturgeon be protected?  Will American shad and blueback herring finally reach Vermont and New Hampshire after being locked out of this river reach for 214 years?  Tune in!