Who is NeVar and NeVara?

Nevar© and his mate NeVara© are a not so common raven pair. Together, they have become the mascots and narrators for this website.

Ravens were chosen for their intelligence, sociability and adaptability. They have been companions to humankind for all of recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To some ravens are evil. To others they are revered as noble spirits. And so ravens were chosen to tell the story of Mount Tom and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Should you have skills in animation, graphic arts, audio and video recording, photography, voice-overs, research, law, and would like to help tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range, please leave a comment under Recent Posts.

Ashley Reservoir

The Ashley Reservoir, constructed in 1897 and located in the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is owned and operated by the Holyoke Water Works.  The Reservoir has an impound capacity of 795 million gallons and a safe yield of 2.1 million gallons of water per day.  The Reservoir drainage area is 1,261 acres, of which 1,320 acres encompassing both the Ashley and McLean Reservoirs is owned by the Holyoke Water Works.  The Ashley Reservoir dam is an earthen fill dam with a total height of 12 feet and an approximate length of 640 feet.  The dam is classified by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as an Intermediate size structure and a Significant (Class II) hazard dam.



Above text and image courtesy of the City of Holyoke Water Department webpage.  For more information about Ashley Reservoir, contact Holyoke Water department.