Flotilla 2013

Flotilla June 2013On Saturday, August 10th, SAGE Alliance returned to the river for its 2nd Flotilla. In canoes and kayaks, with land lovers on the shore, we delivered our messages to Entergy. We celebrated water, which sustains all life.

See photos, video and press here: Past Events – Flotilla 2013

Speakers included special guest ‘SHAD MAN’ ~~ Dr. Andrew B. Larkin  ~~ Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network ~~ YOU on the People’s Mic.

BACKGROUND: Vermont Yankee’s original Clean Water Act certification was obtained from the State in 1970 as part of the original 40-year license (which expired March 21, 2012).  The permit lapsed in 2007 and is still under review  by the Agency of Natural Resources. Meanwhile, our fish have changed from cold water species to warm, and in the winter our waterways are open from Yankee to Holyoke, Mass. After hydro, nukes use more water than any other power generator. Climate change is affecting water levels and temperature, too. We need to send a message to the corporation.  click here for 2012 Flotilla photos and more.

Flotilla 2013 to Stop VT Yankee Pollution

Join us by watercraft or along the shore in a creative “Flotilla” action to protest the thermal & radioactive pollution of the Connecticut River by Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor.

Where:     Main launch area: Prospect Street Boat Launch in Hinsdale, NH:  Map to Boat Launch   Land Rally: Fort Hill Rail Trail, a short walk from the Prospect St. Boat Launch

When:  Saturday August 10 ~ Launch at 11:00 AM

(Rain date Sunday, August 11. If weather reports are dire, postponement will be announced on www.SAGEAlliance.net on or before 7:30 AM Saturday August 10th. Plans could change due to changing wind and river conditions.)

  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Boats arrive and launch.
  • 11:00 – 11:30 am: Land supporters gather on the Launch bridge then walk to shady grove.
  • 11:30 am – Land Rally, Speakers and People’s Mic
  • 12:30 pm – Closing

What :

  • A flotilla of watercraft from kayaks to motor boats will launch & fill the Connecticut River, just East of Vermont Yankee. The boaters will paddle towards Vermont Yankee then circle to the shore.
  • Land supporters will gather at a shady grove on rock outcroppings on the Fort Hill Rail Trail, a 10 to 15 minute walk from the boat launch on Prospect St. Bring snacks, water, signs and banners.
  • Meanwhile, shore supporters will read their messages into the People’s Mic and release the messages into the river. (Imagine the river full of origami peace cranes and swans, tiny canoes and fish, and simple paper ribbons, floating away with our messages on them for the health and safety of our river and all that live in it. Bring your own creation or make one at the Flotilla).
  • Paddlers will paddle over to the rocks to join shore supporters for the Speakers:  Shad Man, Andy Larkin, and Deb Katz.

WhyEntergy Corporation’s Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor dumps millions of gallons of heated water, some of it at 105 degrees, into the Connecticut River on a daily basis. Fish like the Atlantic salmon and American shad are very vulnerable to warmed habitats. The effects of this heated plume extend up to 55 miles downriver to Holyoke MA. Entergy could avoid all this by exclusively using their cooling towers instead of the river for cooling the reactor. Join us in telling Energy to cool it.

Launch Details:

  • Prospect Street Boat Launch in Hinsdale, NH: 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. (or from the Fort Hill Rail Trail just north of the Boat Launch) Note – there is a bridge to go under from this launch point. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and small boats will have no problem. Larger boats and those with sails should launch elsewhere. Other launch sites along the river include:
  • Brattleboro marina Vermont Canoe Touring Center : 2 hour paddle to Vermont Yankee
  • Other locations: Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro, Chesterfield NH (allow plenty of extra time for launch from these locations.
  • Map Links to launch locations on the Connecticut River from Brattleboro, Hinsdale, Vernon http://www.crjc.org/boating/13-Brattleboro.pdf
  • Map from Chesterfield, Putney: http://www.crjc.org/boating/12-Putney.pdf  Putney is a 5 hour paddle to Vermont Yankee).

Water Safety: All participants on the water are required to have proper flotation equipment (vests, cushions). All boats/rafts need to have sufficient flotation equipment for everyone on board their craft. Motorized boats must be cautious — we expect most of the folks will be in canoes and kayaks, and motor boats must be aware of creating wakes and distracting paddlers. No inner tubes, horseplay, weapons, alcohol or dogs (except service dogs) please. Even though this is not a civil disobedience action, all those in the flotilla (on water or land) are expected to follow the SAGE Alliance Nonviolent Code of Conflict.

Shore Supporters: First we will send off the paddlers with song, then walk along the shore on the the Fort Hill Rail Trail. The trail is a flat 10-15 minute walk from the boat launch to a shady grove directly opposite VT Yankee. Bring large signs, banners, puppets (Fish, River, No Hot Water, No Radiation symbol, Close VY). Food and water will not be available, so bring your own… better yet, bring some to share. Binoculars will be a bonus, and cameras and video are always welcome.

No weapons, alcohol or dogs (except service dogs) please. Even though this is not a civil disobedience action, all those in the flotilla (on water or land) are expected to follow the SAGE Alliance Nonviolent Code of Conflict.

Canoe/kayak rental info:

  • Vermont Canoe Touring Center. Canoe/ kayak rates: They are willing to deliver and pick up
  • Barton s Cove in Gill MA has Kayaks and canoes for $40/day.  (413) 863-9300.  Can reserve with a credit card.
  • Amherst/Northampton area: Eastern Mt. Sports for $35/day & Adventure Outfitters for $30/day and canoes at $35/day.

Want to Help

  • Bring a thermometer on a long string to measure the river temperature.
  • Volunteer to help out before the action or that day. Let us know what you can do to make this a day to remember and have an impact.  contact@sagealliance.net
  • Spread the word! Write a letter to the editor inviting your area to join us. Print out posters and put them up. Call your friends, send emails, and post on Facebook.
  • Bring gifts to share.  Can you make a lot of paper floats and hand them out to other folks for their messages? Got basketfuls of extra produce or fruit to share and enjoy? Do you have a favorite water poem you’d like to read?
  • Let us know what you’re planning, we’ll spread the word contact@sagealliance.net

Questions: please email contact@sagealliance.net

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