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Community Art Project Draws Attention to Hydroelectric Facilities

GREENFIELD — The Connecticut River Watershed Council and Art for Water are creating a ‘river of words’ to draw attention to the federal re-licensing of five major hydroelectric facilities from Turners Falls to north of Hanover, N.H. This public-participation, community art project will tell stories to improve the ecological health and recreational opportunities of the Connecticut River. The public is invited to add their voice at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls on Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m.

“We are working together to bring a public-opinion art installation to the state and federal government,” said Andrew Fisk, executive director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, noting that the government is in the process of making decisions about how these dams will operate over the next 30 to 40 years. “You have a unique opportunity to influence how 200 miles of the Connecticut River and its tributaries … will be managed, restored, and improved.”

At the art installation, he added, “we are building an inspiring and influential art exhibit that is made up of your stories and aspirations for our rivers. It’s called ‘The Power of Water, The Power of Words’ because our voices do have the power to influence positive change.”

To learn more about presentation, call (413) 772-2020, ext. 206.

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