CT River Sees Major Increase in Boating Traffic

A recent article on MassLive.com details the massive increase in boating traffic on the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts this year.

MassLive interviewed veteran MA Environmental Police Officer David Unaitis, who said that he’s never seen as much traffic on the river as this summer.

“We’re seeing more river users than ever before,” Unaitis was quoted as saying. “There’s way too many people.”

The river as it flows past Hadley, Holyoke, Northampton and other brides towns is seeing unprecedented numbers of powerboaters, kayakers, paddleboarders and PWC riders competing for limited space. A task force consisting of law enforcement officials from the state and various river towns has been created to handle the upsurge. Together, they have worked to increase the visibility of law enforcement on the river.

Adding to the problem is an increased use of public launch areas and islands in the river, both of which have seen a heavy increase in trash.