Recreation groups join fight over dams _ local news _ stowetoday. com

American Whitewater and the Vermont Paddlers Club have filed their own appeal of the new restrictions on how the dam at Green River Reservoir is operated.

“It’s an incredible whitewater resource,” said Bob Nasdor, the American Whitewater stewardship director for the Northeast. Electricity cost per watt The new conditions could eliminate whitewater kayaking on the Green River; it’s possible only when Morrisville releases water from the reservoir, and the new rules would severely limit those opportunities.

On the other side of the issue are the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont chapter of Trout Unlimited. Gas density at stp They don’t think the new conditions are strong enough and they’ve filed their own cross-appeal in court. Electricity quiz ks2 The conditions are set out in a certificate for water quality.

“We felt there were certain areas where the certificate wasn’t strong enough,” said Jon Groveman, the policy and water program director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Electricity questions grade 9 When the two organizations learned Morrisville had filed an appeal that would weaken those new conditions, “we felt we needed to jump in.”

The Friends of the Green River Reservoir, a local group works to maintain and preserve the reservoir and surrounding state park, has also filed a motion to intervene in the legal case.

As part of that relicensing, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources issued a new water quality certificate in August with rules on how Morrisville should operate the dams to meet Vermont’s water quality standards.

Morrisville says the new rules will severely cut back how much electricity the hydro operations produce. 4 gas planets Now, the output is about 10 million kilowatt-hours per year, enough to collectively power 1,000 homes. Arkla gas phone number Utility officials say the new rules will cut that by one-third, because more water will have to flow over the dam instead of being used to produce electricity.

The utility says it will have to invest millions to make up for that lost production, and the investment may not make sense — particularly at the Green River dam. Electricity deregulation in california The new conditions could make that dam unprofitable to the point where it makes more sense to decommission or sell it.

And, if the dam goes away, so does the Green River Reservoir, an extraordinary wilderness state park just a few miles from downtown Morrisville. Gas x and pregnancy A unique experience

Whitewater trips down the Green River occur only five times a year, when Morrisville Water and Light holds scheduled releases of water from behind the dam. 8 gases Otherwise, there’s not enough water in the river for kayakers.

One of those releases was held a few weeks ago and more than 100 experienced kayakers — the river isn’t really wide enough for rafting — journeyed to Hyde Park to take on the class 4 and 5 rapids.

His organization believes the state has disregarded 2011 recommendations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that five releases per year on the river should continue.

Instead, the state wants the Green River dam to operate in more run-of-river mode; water would spill over or bypass the dam only when there’s enough of it. Electricity font generator No scheduled releases would be held, virtually eliminating whitewater kayaking on the river.

“In Vermont’s water quality standards, existing and dedicated uses can’t be taken away without a real showing of harm,” Nasdor said. Hair electricity song Those releases for kayaking are an existing dedicated use, and he believes the state hasn’t proven that they harm the river ecosystem.

If Morrisville does decide it doesn’t want to pay to keep generating power at the dam, then American Whitewater and the Vermont Paddlers Club would actually like to see it removed.

Both the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Vermont Trout Unlimited would like even more water bypassing the dams on the Lamoille in Morrisville and Cadys Falls.

“We have a number of members who live in the area and for years have expressed concerns with the lack of water below the dams,” said Jared Carpenter, a member of the group.

He thinks Morrisville has “shortchanged the Lamoille River for decades” and the utility “does not own the river and cannot use it as they see fit.”

Carpenter’s organization thinks the release of large quantities of water at the Green River dam, whether for power generation or whitewater boating, is very harmful because it flushes both habitat and fish downstream.

Groveman’s organization also wants to eliminate the winter drawdown at the Green River Reservoir. Z gas el salvador numero de telefono Morrisville draws down roughly 10 feet each winter; that water flow generates about a third of the dam’s annual electricity output.

The new state proposal allows a drawdown of only 18 inches, but even that is too much, Groveman says. Electricity was invented in what year His organization also participated in the relicensing of the Waterbury Reservoir dam and argued that the drawdown there should be eliminated, too.

What is proposed at Green River also isn’t pure run-of-river mode; it still allows some electricity production during peak generating hours, when it pays the most for Morrisville to be feeding power into the grid.

“You can’t just ignore those standards because of economics,” he said. Electricity icon “I don’t think this discussion will lead to the removal of the reservoir.”