Housatonic River Natural Resource Restoration



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Natural resources of the Housatonic River Basin have been injured by the release of chemical wastes, primarily polychlorinated biphenyls ("PCBs"), from the General Electric facility in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  The contamination has affected aquatic organisms and their habitats, as well as water-related natural resources such as waterfowl and predators that consume contaminated aquatic organisms.  In addition to the harm done to natural resources, natural resource services have been impaired.  Natural resource services are functions provided by natural resources for the benefit of humans or other natural resources, such as recreational fishing for humans or nesting habitats for birds.

Restoration is managed by a group of federal, state, and local stakeholders. A group of Trustees as well as Connecticut and Massachusetts SubCouncils have been convened to guide the restoration process and to solicit input from the public.

The MA SubCouncil has retained the assistance of Stantec Consulting (Stantec)1 through a contract with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to coordinate restoration activities. 


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The Massachusetts SubCouncil of the Housatonic River Trustee Council cordially invites you to an “Open House” on tuesday, may 1, 2018, at the Town Hall in Lenox to showcase completed restoration projects from Rounds 1, 2 and 3 (2004–2017) of the Massachusetts Housatonic River Watershed Restoration Program and to discuss Round 4 of the restoration.  The schedule of events will include the following:

  • 5:00 – 6:15 PM: Project proponents and partners will feature projects that they have undertaken through funding from Rounds 1, 2, and 3.  The projects restore, permanently protect, educate and provide public access to aquatic and wildlife habitats and resources throughout the Housatonic River watershed in Massachusetts.  You will be able to view and learn about the projects in an informal setting at displays arranged around the room.  A full list of projects is noted below. 
  • 6:30 – 7:30 PM: The MA SubCouncil will discuss moving forward with Round 4 of the restoration with estimates on anticipated funding. 
  • 7:30 PM: Adjourn


·       West Branch of the Housatonic River Revitalization – Dam Removal Component – City of Pittsfield & MA Division of Ecological Restoration

·     Rare Species Recovery on the Housatonic River – MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

·     Housatonic Flats Land Acquisition Project – Berkshire Natural Resources Council

·     Barker Conservation Area Acquisition Project – City of Pittsfield

·     Housatonic River Floodplain Forest Restoration Project – Project Native

·     Great Barrington Housatonic River Walk – Great Barrington Land Conservancy

·     Old Mill Trail – Housatonic Valley Association (HVA)

·     Enhanced Public Access to the Housatonic River – HVA & ESS Group

·     Housatonic Environmental Literacy Program (HELP) for the River – Mass Audubon in partnership with HVA

·     Berkshire Conservation Agent Program – Berkshire Regional Planning Agency


·       Invasive Species Control in the Housatonic River Watershed – Native Habitat Restoration

·     Bartholomew’s Cobble Floodplain Forest Restoration and Habitat Improvement Project – The Trustees of Reservations

·     Habitat Continuity Project – HVA & Berkshire Environmental Action Team & City of Pittsfield

·     Sackett Brook Restoration Project – Education Component – Mass Audubon


·      Green River & Hinsdale Flats land acquisitions – MA Dept. of Fish and Game

·     Thomas and Palmer Brook Conservation Project – Berkshire Natural Resources Council

·     Jug End Fen Conservation Area – MA Dept. of Fish and Game

·     Parsons Marsh Conservation Project – Berkshire Natural Resources Council

·     Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary – Mass Audubon

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Thomas M. Potter, MassDEP, at 617-292-5628 or thomas.potter@state.ma.us.





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  1Field work and report filings performed prior to October 1, 2007, were conducted by Woodlot Alternatives, Inc.  On October 1, 2007, Woodlot Alternatives, Inc. was acquired by Stantec Consulting Services Inc.  

Massachusetts SubCouncil, Housatonic River Natural Resource Trustees
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(617) 292-5785