Alsop set to arrive in Boston — by canoe


Despite rain, snow and chilly weather better suited for December than April, activist/conservationist Denny Alsop will be arriving in Boston on Wednesday morning — by canoe.

Alsop, 69, is reprising trip he made 28 years go — a 250-mile journey along the state's waterways to bring attention to the need for clean water and resource conservation.

The Stockbridge resident launched the repeat voyage on March 21 in the Housatonic River in Sheffield, with a light dusting of snow still lining the banks.

He has since paddled his way along a number of rivers, including the Westfield, Connecticut, Chicopee, Quaboag, Qinnebaug, French, Blackstone, Assabet and Sudbury.

Alsop is expected to arrive, via the Charles River, at the Hatch Shell of the Esplanade in the Back Bay section of Boston between 11 a.m. and noon Wednesday. A press conference is scheduled upon his arrival.

But his work will not be complete even then, according to his wife, Nina Ryan.

He and his entourage then will proceed to Wormwood Park on A Street in the Fort Point Channel across the street from the site of the proposed new General Electric complex, about a 30-minute walk from the Hatch Shell.

There, Alsop plans to present a letter from Berkshire Natural Resources Council President Theodore "Tad" Ames welcoming the company back Massachusetts. GE left Pittsfield in the 1990s and moved to Connecticut. It recently announced it is relocating to Boston.

The letter also urges the corporation to complete its mandated cleanup of the Housatonic River in the Berkshires. General Electric has indicated its opposition to a federally ordered cleanup on legal and logistical grounds.

Ryan also is organizing an excursion to Boston to greet her husband. Anyone wishing to join a carpool to Boston or learn more about the trip or the event itself can call her cellphone at 413-822-9567 or email her at, using "Boston" as the subject line.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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