In a partnership between advocacy groups, outfitters, and
hydropower utilities, Brookfield Renewable Energy and TransCanada Hydro Northeast announced support
for #OptOutside, a national campaign started by REI designed to encourage outdoor recreation rather
than shopping mall exploration on Black Friday after Thanksgiving. In support of #OptOutside and at
the request of American Whitewater, the utilities will provide whitewater flows on the Deerfield
below the Fife Brook Dam between 11-1 on November 27th.
Brookfield and TransCanada share responsibility for providing whitewater releases on the Deerfield
River in western Massachusetts. Each year, the utilities provide 106 releases on Fife Brook and 32
releases on the Dryway sections of the river as part of their hydropower license and a 1994
Settlement Agreement negotiated by American Whitewater and its affiliates New England FLOW and
Appalachian Mountain Club. The utilities have worked with outfitters and advocacy groups, including
AW, over the past two decades to schedule releases and support outdoor recreation. Brookfield is
currently seeking to relicense the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Project on the Deerfield, and will be
working with resource agencies, advocacy groups and other stakeholders to address fisheries
concerns, recreation and other resource issues on the Deerfield.
AW wants to thank Brookfield and TransCanada for their support for the #OptOutside campaign.