• The Deerfield River is tributary to the Connecticut River, depicted here in Thomas Cole's famous 1836 painting

  • The Deerfield River in its floodplain eroding through the red sandstone that makes up Mount Sugarloaf.

  • Swimming hole on the Deerfield (photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Rafters enjoying a summer day on the river (Photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Sunset during December over the Deerfield Valley (photo: A Schwenger)

  • Autumn along the Deerfield RIver

January 2014 Meeting Minutes

Meeting held 7pm at Greenfield Coop Bank in Shelburne Falls

Attending: David, Polly, Rob, Mike, Robert, Joah (keeping Minutes), Mark, Richard, Brian (presiding),Wendy and Rich Hubbard (guests).

Franklin Land Trust- Wendy and Rich Hubbard came to talk about FLT, located at new location 5 Mechanic St. in Shelurne Falls, and the connections and options with DRWA. The organization is 27 years old and has conserved 27,000 acres of land. They promote sustainable forest management activities. Creating a National Forest is in motion, and each town involved will be having a meeting regarding who is to be involved and how much. DRWA will add FLT Newsletter link to our facebook and website, as well as include in our newsletter. Biological  Assessments, tracking biodiversity in unstudied areas on conservation land, would be a good possible collaboration with DRWA. We agreed to automatically be members to each other rather than swapping membership fees.

November Minutes to be corrected and circulated via email.

TU and DRWA- Meet regularly with TransCanada and Brookfield Power, a

TransCanada Tour is in toe. DRWA is promoting non-harmful recreation. TU is receptive about two Boards getting together. The Dams are getting ready for FERC recertification. The next step is for both Boards to see more in common than different so that they can flourish together can present themselves as a united front to Dams Personnel.

TransCanada Easement Agreement- Polly circulated an email of this agreement,
involving the Catamount Trail Association. It allows us to have volunteers or hired people to work on TransCanada land. They will allot monies for structures but not for trail maintenance. The Board must read this document closely as is not acceptable as worded, putting the brunt of responsibility on the non-profit.

Grant Overhead- The Board agreed to a 2% minimum overhead to cover accounting. be There will be a fee of 1% on a grant $10,000 or more. DRWA Grants available will be posted on the website and on facebook, please encourage people to apply.

Jason Saltman Memorial Fund Plans- This is a scholarship fund in Jason’s name to allow undergraduate students in New England to apply for a scholarship on an annual basis. Mike will speak to his wife Kim in regards to preparing a narrative as to how he wanted the money spent. Up to date $125 has been donated in memory of Jason Saltman. How should the funds be shared and how and where do we sollicit contributions, if we had access to his email contacts that would be helpful. Presence in the newsletter, email, facebook will all contribute to putting the word out there.

Resiliency in the Face of Flooding- There is a working group of hydrologists in Deerfield that have gathered and meet regularly ever since Hurricane Irene, Wednesdays at 10 am. The Group talks about resiliency in the face of floods, people and infrastructure, about building smarter and not harder. If they are in need of volunteers Joah can send out a request to membership via email.

DRWA Taxes- Mark will check into e-filing, just needs the year end figures from Laura.

Meeting Adjourned 8:50 pm

Next Meeting in Greenfield CRWC 15 Bank Row, February 18, 2014, 7 pm