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 Services Inc. (Stantec)1 through a contract with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to coordinate restoration activities. 

 


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Final Round 4 Restoration Plan

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, together comprising the Massachusetts SubCouncil of the Housatonic River Natural Resource Trustees (MA SubCouncil), announce the release of the Final Round 4 Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessement.

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

ROUND 4 RESTORATION PROJECTS

·    Calcareous Fen Restoration – MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

·    Churchill Brook Culvert Replacement – Housatonic Valley Association, Inc. (HVA), in partnership with the City of Pittsfield, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), and Foresight Land Services

·    Housatonic River Watershed Education Programs – Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc. Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries in partnership with HVA

·    Planning for Flood Resilient and Fish Friendly Road-Stream Crossings in the Berkshire Hills – HVA in partnership with the Towns of Alford, Egremont, West Stockbridge, Great Barrington, and Richmond, MA

·    Land Acquisition Project #1 – Applicant name withheld pending completion of land acquisition process

·    Land Acquisition Project #2 – Applicant name withheld pending completion of land acquisition process

·    Land Acquisition Project #3 – Applicant name withheld pending completion of land acquisition process

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Cathy Kiley, MassDEP NRD Program, at 617-556-1012 or cathy.kiley@mass.gov.

 


   

 

 

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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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