Scientists, journalists and commentators must look to see.
“Finally, a chance to restore fish runs” (Herald, Dec. 6) notes that American shad runs above Turners Falls, Mass., plummeted when Massachusetts deregulated Turners Falls Hydro and Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage in 1999, but increased in 2010 while the pumped storage was shut down during six months, which is the overlooked clue.
Since it became a merchant power plant in 1999, Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage nightly buys cheap off-peak electricity from the New England grid to pump 108,000 gallons of Connecticut River water per second from Turners Falls reservoir 800 feet up to the summit reservoir (equivalent to an 800-foot dam).
This water daily cascades back into Turners Falls reservoir, regenerating electricity during peak demand at peak prices, literally buying low and selling high.
Pumping 108,000 gallons of river water per second during several nighttime hours sucks in and shreds all passing fish. Generation during several daytime hours blocks them with an equally strong tailrace current crossing the river and bouncing off the opposite shore.
Migrating American shad and Atlantic salmon are doomed by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage.
VernonMORE IN Letters
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- talk-pix.com PODCASTS TEMPORARILY DISABLED: Navigate browser to talk-pix.com to access complete ALMANACK archive.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown