Melissa Vanek

It is not what I want for the river, it is what I want for us. I want us humans to be as wise, as generous, and as loving and as the river. The river generously moves nutrients to flood plains to provide us with fertile grounds for growing food and has since our relationship first began. The river provides habitat for many animals that are also food for us, and if not us, for other animals who we may hunt later for food. The river moves through our life bringing joy, nourishment, surprise, food, and comfort, just like a family or friend. Our lives are so intertwined with the river and the river’s health, truly is an indicator of our health. I want humans to be healthy. If the river is truly healthy and abundant with life and we allow the wisdom of the river to speak to us, we will be healthy.

June 1st, 2021

Tom Mosakowski, Brattleboro resident


I would like to share the perspective that:
-since the Connecticut River once was the ecological lifeblood of our region and could be again if restored,
-since hydropower need not be in the form of dams in order to restart/kickstart the electrical grid and to rapidly ramp electricity generation up and down,
-since solar and wind electricity generation can, and nearly always does, occupy sites with vastly less ecological importance and productivity than dams, and
-since the cost of solar and wind electricity generation is currently comparable to the cost of hydropower and will continue to decline;

all dams on the mainstem of the Connecticut River should be phased out, the Northfield Mountain facility should be retained, and, if needed, additional pumped storage facilities should be developed.

Thank you for considering.

February 12th, 2021