Little River Strainer
There is a river wide strainer 1/4 mile down stream of the gorge. It is a very large tree and a second fallen tree which is still growing (or it is part of the first tree) is on the down stream side of it.
We passed through a narrow chute right of the island while it also has multiple small strainers, the low water meant it had a safe passage.
For Portaging I would recommend the left hand bank.
The tree is firmly set and I doubt even in high water the tree will not move.
The FERC Issued their Environmental Assessment for the project early this fall (2005) and it is very favorable for the paddling community. The EA precedes the License by a few months, and filing comments on the EA is often the last step of relicensing. AW supported the preferred alternative in the EA as written, and with any luck the Little will be another huge success story for the paddling community. We owe alot to Tom Christopher and New England Flow for this one. Great Work!
8 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
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A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy.
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