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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Round 4 Informational Meeting to be held on June 26, 2018:  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, comprising the Massachusetts SubCouncil of the Housatonic River Natural Resource Trustees (MA SubCouncil), will host a pre-Grant Application and Announcement (GAA) informational meeting to discuss the fourth and final round of funding (Round 4) of the Massachusetts Housatonic River Watershed Restoration Project.  Click Here to view the announcement.  The MA SubCouncil plans to release a GAA for Round 4 in August 2018 in order to disburse up to $1.5 million to restore, rehabilitate, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of injured natural resources and services of the Housatonic River Watershed in Massachusetts.  This informational meeting is being held in advance of the GAA being released to provide an overview of the process and allow potential applicants the opportunity to discuss project ideas with the MA SubCouncil.  Procurement rules prohibit the MA SubCouncil from consulting with potential applicants to develop project ideas once the GAA is issued.  Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting or contact the MA SubCouncil before the GAA is issued to refine project ideas and obtain feedback.   

The informational meeting will be held on Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM at:

          Lenox Library
         
Welles Gallery
         
18 Main Street
          Lenox, MA 01240

ROUND 1 RESTORATION PROJECTS

·       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

ROUND 2 RESTORATION PROJECTS

·       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

ROUND 3 RESTORATION PROJECTS

·      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.  
     
 
 

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