About NeVar

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In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Ashley Reservoir

The Ashley Reservoir, constructed in 1897 and located in the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is owned and operated by the Holyoke Water Department.  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 encompasses both the Ashley and McLean Reservoirs.

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