Western Massachusetts Electric Company
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West Springfield, MA 01090-2010
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Contacts: Frank Poirot
Office: 860-665-3409
After Hours Phone: 800-789-2290

WMECo Enhances Conservation Area in Amherst
Stream and pond to be improved at Wentworth Farm

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 11, 2012 – Continuing its commitment to preserving the environment while improving electric reliability for customers, Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) broke ground this week on a project to create a new wetland at the Wentworth Farm Conservation Area in Amherst, Mass.

"Serving our customers and our communities requires a multi-faceted approach and commitment. As we work to ensure our customers have the reliable electric service they require, we must also preserve our environment for future generations of customers," said Peter Clarke, WMECo president and chief operating officer. "Our work at Wentworth Farm is an example of our commitment to both," he said.

The work at Wentworth Farm is part of a wetland mitigation plan stemming from a transmission line upgrade project completed earlier this year in Leverett and Montague, Mass. Approvals for this wetland enhancement plan were obtained from the Town of Amherst Conservation Commission and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The $80,000 project at Wentworth Farm will focus on Owen’s Pond and adjacent areas. The work is expected to be completed later this month. The project includes creation of an 1,800-square foot wetland next to the pond, and improvements to the wildlife habitat in the pond.

The outlet for Owen’s Pond will be improved by the creation of a 140 foot natural stream channel flowing out of the pond. For more information about WMECo’s efforts to promote a safe and healthy ecosystem, visit the Environmental Stewardship section of www.transmission-nu.com.

Western Massachusetts Electric Company, a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE:NU), serves approximately 210,000 customers in 59 communities throughout western Massachusetts and is committed to the environment, economic development and the health of the communities it serves. For more information about WMECo, visit our website at www.wmeco.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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