The boating community needs your help in sustaining whitewater boating opportunities on the
Green River in Northern Vermont.
Vermont has issued draft conditions for the relicensing of the hydropower project on the
Green River that would drastically limit naturally occurring boatable flows and eliminate all
opportunities for scheduled whitewater boating releases for the next 40-50 years. In its
Draft Water Quality Certification for the Morrisville Project, DEC proposes to mandate flows
that would eliminate 50 percent of naturally occurring boatable flows by flattening out the
variable flows on the Green River. These flows would also damage the aquatic habitat in the
reservoir and downstream from the dam in Morrisville. In addition, the Agency proposes to ban
any scheduled boating releases without any showing of harm. Whitewater boating on the Green
River is an existing use that the state is required to protect.
We need to take a stand now and let the state know that whitewater boating opportunities must
be protected. There is a public hearing at 7 pm on February 16th in Morrisville. This
will be an opportunity for you to be heard, for the boaters to be heard. We (the North
East boating community) need you to take action via written comments. The State of
Vermont will be accepting written comments until February 19th. Send comments to Jeff Crocker
(Jeff.Crocker@vermont.gov) "Comments on the Draft Water Quality Certification for the
Morrisville Project, Green River Development, FERC Docket P-2629" with a copy
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Every boater in New England has a good reason to submit comments. This particular license and
outcome will set precedent for Vermont Water Quality Certifications going forward, not only
for the Green. Submitting comment or speaking at the hearing is relatively easy and needs to
We've got a little over a week before the hearing and just under 2 weeks for the written
comments to be submitted. Local boaters are on full court press here and are blanketing the
boating community, but please pass this along to other folks you think would be interested in
being involved, helping out or have something to say.
Ultimately, this is our fight to lose, so we will need to fight it. The Green is just too
good to just give away so help me in this effort!!!
Attached are instructions for submitting comments and some guidance on the points we are
going bring front and center for the Agency of Natural Resources to chew on before they
consider making the mistake of pulling whitewater releases from the License. Thank you and
hope to see you on the 16th.