In terms of Connecticut River tributaries, the Deerfield River’s watershed is second in size only to that of the Chicopee River. The 675- square-mile watershed is comprises 16 towns in Vermont and 20 towns in Massachusettts. The Deerfield drainage contains fascinating geology, old growth forests, thrilling whitewater, and diverse fish populations, all of which are covered by this film.
A fascinating evolution of transportation has occurred up the Deerfield River Valley from its ancient Mohawk Trail to Shelburne’s electric trolley, through the building of the Hoosac Tunnel and Hoot Toot & Whistle railroad. Another compelling chapter has been the construction of Deerfield’s many dams. This film will cover these topics and more as it attempts to encapsulate the human history of the drainage.
As with most other rivers, the Deerfield faces numerous conservation challenges. Areas discussed in this film will be land preservation in the watershed, stewardship of the river and its tributaries, and difficulties involving flow management.
The film runs 75 minutes. Producer Joe DeFelice, of Newfane’s Riverbank Media, will host the event and answer questions about the film. Copies of the DVD and other Riverbank Media films will be available for a donation. For more information call (802) 365-4414.