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SEPTEMBER 29 (Friday) Gallery at the Garden: The Power of Water / The Power of Words
29 September, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
For the month of September come view this show.
The Connecticut River Watershed Council and Art for Water are building a massive and inspiring public participation art installation that will influence how five hydropower projects affecting 200 miles of the Connecticut River will operate for the next 40 to 50 years.
Everyone of all ages is welcome to learn about the important and engaging issues around hydroelectric power and to add a comment.
Public-participation, Community Art Project Tells a Thousand Stories to Make the Connecticut River Cleaner and Greener
The Connecticut River Watershed Council is working with River of Words Along the Connecticut River, and Art for Water to gather personal narratives about New England’s longest river through the Stream of Conscience art project. Using visual questioning strategies, we engage the public in a dialogue about their relationship to the Connecticut River and what the river means to them, their communities, and their families.
As owners of our rivers, citizens have a say in how hydroelectric facilities will be operated, how negative impacts on the river can be improved, and how renewable energy be made more sustainable. In the fall of 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission began the relicensing for five hydroelectric facilities in northern Massachusetts and southern Vermont that produce over 30% of hydropower generation in New England and affect more than 175 miles of the Connecticut River from north of Hanover, New Hampshire to the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. The relicensing includes dams at Wilder, Bellows Falls and Vernon in Vermont, Turners Falls Dam and the Northfield Mountain Pump Storage Project in northern Massachusetts. With each license lasting 30 to 40 years, decisions made in 2018 have an impact over a generation.