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Rupert River diversion was a massive industrial project rooted in Quebec's wilderness (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Rupert River diversion was a massive industrial project rooted in Quebec's wilderness (Photo: Brian Mann)

As Northeast looks to Hydro Quebec for power, thorny environmental questions remain

Northeast states are increasingly looking to Canada to meet a growing demand for low cost hydro electricity from renewable sources.

But the energy imports are stirring controversy. In northern New Hampshire, local activists are fighting a power line that would send the electricity south. And questions are being raised about whether big hydro is really green.

As part of a collaboration of Northeast stations John Dillon of Vermont Public Radio reports.

Northeast environmental reporting is made possible, in part, by a grant from United Technologies. Northeast environmental coverage is part of NPR's Local News Initiative.  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy

The Crystal: A New Year's tale from northern Quebec

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy shares a midwinter tale about a young logger and a flying canoe at a lumber camp in northern Quebec.  Go to full article
Yup. Photo: Angela Evancie
Yup. Photo: Angela Evancie

Brew fest brings beer makers and beer lovers together

One of the highlights of Burlington's summer is the yearly "brewfest" on the waterfront. It brings brewers and beer fanciers together for a big, cheery, Canadian-American party. As Angela Evancie found, there's serious tasting going on, with some unexpected elements.  Go to full article
Russell Martin checks an EAB trap last summer.
Russell Martin checks an EAB trap last summer.

Story 2.0: purple boxes part of losing battle to save ash trees

The purple boxes are up on ash trees again this summer. They're traps for the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that has devastated ash stands in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. In this state, the insect's been confined to western New York. Today we revisit the fight against the emerald ash borer. David Sommerstien has more.  Go to full article
Goodyear FG-1 D Corsair. Its wings fold up for use on aircraft carriers.
Goodyear FG-1 D Corsair. Its wings fold up for use on aircraft carriers.

Preview: historic aircraft show in Gatineau, Quebec

Aviation and history buffs may be interested in events on tap this year from Vintage Wings of Canada. The organization near Gatineau, Quebec has an extensive collection of still-flying, restored planes, including legendary World War II aircraft like the Spitfire, Hurricane and Tiger Moth. Two open house events this year will celebrate classic airplanes. The first is Saturday in Gatineau. Aircraft from the Vintage Wings collection will also appear at this year's air show in Geneseo, NY in mid-July. In May, Lucy Martin toured Vintage Wings of Canada with founder Michael Potter, a pilot and retired executive. Afterwards, she got more personal impressions from Communications Manager Dave O'Malley. That day featured sedate work inside the hanger. But O'Malley says the place is busy this month.  Go to full article

Landfill expansion draws cross-border criticism

Franklin County's waste authority is hoping to dramatically expand its landfill -- which sits just south of the U.S.-Canada border. The waste authority held a hearing last night to take comments on possible environmental impacts. As Jacob Resneck reports, the meeting attracted a large crowd from both sides of the border.  Go to full article

IJC reverses course on water levels plan

The binational board that controls water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario is doing an about-face that's a victory for environmentalists. In a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, the International Joint Commission said there was "little support" for the water levels plan that came out of a five-year, $20-million study. The IJC appears to be abandoning the plan, saying it is "not a practical option." Instead, the IJC said 20 public hearings and more than a thousand comments over the last year indicated "broad, strong interest" for returning the natural ebbs and flows to the river and lake. That was the overwhelming opinion across the North Country. Jennifer Caddick directs Save the River, based in Clayton. Save the River led a campaign for management of water levels that's better for the environment. Caddick told David Sommerstein the IJC's announcement is encouraging news.  Go to full article

Imeco Cables to open plant in Plattsburgh

A Canadian cable maker will soon open a manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Celebrating French heritage in the North Country

A number of communities across the North Country and New England are celebrating the contributions of French-speaking immigrants from Quebec to the cultural life of the region this summer. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, The Vermont Folklife Center and the RISCA Folk Arts Program are hosting a Franco-American Homecoming this month in Plattsburgh and Tupper Lake. The events will include Quebecois music, art and food. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit about the cultural exchange project.  Go to full article

Great Lakes compact goes to Washington

There's a new agreement that says the Great Lakes water has to stay in the Great Lakes. It's been approved now by all eight of the states and the two Canadian provinces that border the Lakes. Rick Pluta reports the agreement is now on its way to Congress.  Go to full article

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