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Environmental briefs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

IN THE NEWS Quabbin renovation to cost $3.2 million BELCHERTOWN — The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will spend $3.2 million on a 14-month project to upgrade electrical and security equipment at the Quabbin Reservoir. The Telegram & Gazette reports the project will replace existing power lines and enhance communications and security measures at Winsor Dam, Quabbin Tower and the Shaft 12 intake works. William Pula, regional director of the Quabbin …

Naila Moreira: Plastic bag ban in Northampton ‘necessary, but not sufficient’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A friend of mine recently forgot his reusable bags when he dropped in at Stop & Shop. To make matters worse, he’d also forgotten about Northampton’s new plastic bag ban, which started Jan. 1. Then the person in line behind him lectured him on the merits of the ban. “Don’t give …

Walk opposing pipeline, picketing of Berkshire Gas office planned in Greenfield on Presidents Day

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Walkers who oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will walk on Monday, Presidents Day, from Greenfield Community College to the First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. between 10 a.m. and noon, according to Hattie Nestel of the No NED Pipeline Affinity Group, which is sponsoring the event. The walk’s route will include a stop to picket with others …

In Boston area, bald eagle population soars

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BOSTON — People spotting bald eagles in the skies over the Boston area aren’t hallucinating — there really are more of the majestic birds of prey setting up shop in the urban eastern areas of the state, experts …

Endangered timber rattlesnakes will be placed on Mount Zion, largest island at Quabbin Reservoir

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to …

Report: Climate change threatens NE food fish

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine — Fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food and that are important to the economy are on a list of Northeastern marine species considered most vulnerable to climate change, a federal government report released Wednesday and published by the journal PLOS ONE said. The …

Opinions vary about state’s plan to stock island at Quabbin Reservoir with endangered rattlesnakes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ORANGE — Some people who frequent the Quabbin Reservoir view with suspicion the state’s proposal to stock an island there with endangered rattlesnakes. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife proposal calls for the breeding and re-introduction of 150 …

Residents near proposed pipeline compressor advised to measure current air quality

Monday, February 1, 2016

DEERFIELD — If abutters to a proposed natural gas compressor station in Northfield are concerned about what it would do to the air they breathe, they would do well to take note of the current air quality, according …

Earth Matters: A tracker ponders the meaning of tracking

Friday, January 29, 2016

What is tracking? Trying to pin down an answer to this question is just as elusive as the animals I track. I’ll track an animal all day with the hopes of catching a glimpse, even though 99 percent …

Bird sightings

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of sightings in western Massachusetts. A greater white-fronted goose was found with other geese on the Connecticut River in Agawam. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A rough-legged hawk …

Valley Views

Friday, January 29, 2016

Snow Shadows East Hawley Road, Hawley Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse of Belchertown I was in Hawley Sunday on property I own enjoying the snow cover, which, while not deep, blanketed the entire ground. I leave part …

Consortium of conservation groups, land trusts opposes pipeline intervention by Irving Oil Terminals

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A consortium of conservation groups and land trusts is protesting a petition to intervene in the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The consortium also called for a formal hearing into what it says are inaccuracies in the company’s filing with the Federal …

Researchers who studied gas pipeline compressor in New York to present findings at Frontier Regional

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DEERFIELD — A team of researchers that studied the health effects of a 12,000-horsepower gas pipeline compressor in Minisink, New York, will present its findings at Frontier Regional High School from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The presentation is co-sponsored by Deerfield and Northfield. People are advised to …