MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Five big hydroelectric projects on the Connecticut River are up for federal relicensing, providing a once-in-a-generation chance for environmentalists, recreational river users and others to recommend changes in the dams' operations.
Site visits set for the first week of October kick off a process of environmental reviews and public meetings that's expected to take five to six years. The projects affect a roughly 85-mile stretch of the river, which forms the boundary between Vermont and New Hampshire, bisects Massachusetts and Connecticut and then flows into Long Island Sound.
The projects focus on include the Wilder, Bellows Falls and Vernon dams between Vermont and New Hampshire and the Northfield Mountain Pump Storage Facility and Turners Falls dam in Massachusetts.
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