Below average water levels becoming a concern as summer nears

Hampshire County

Water levels on the Connecticut River are running one to two feet below average. 

22News visited Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley Tuesday. One of the owner’s, James Brunelle, told 22News there are a lot of channels on the Connecticut River that go from 10 feet deep, down to 3 feet. 

Brunelle said some areas along the river are only seeing 2 feet of water, especially by Mitch’s Island in Hadley. 

“You can actually see the bottom,” said Brunelle. “So be very aware, watch the banks see how much it changed from the last time you went out, make note of that, see where different rocks are, look for sands bars and stuff like that.”

Brunelle told 22News boaters should take it slow, especially first-time boaters who don’t know the Connecticut River too well. 

He said he doesn’t expect water levels to rise anytime soon unless there is a long period of steady rain.

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