Housatonic River Natural Resource Restoration











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. 


Latest News

Announcement of Second Subround of Round 3 Restoration Project Funding:  On May 7, 2013, Massachusetts SubCouncil of the Housatonic River Natural Resource Trustees (MA SubCouncil), approved the Final Round 3 Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (RP/SEA) for Land Protection and Habitat Conservation.  In Round 3, a total of $2 million is available for land acquisition projects to conserve habitat within the Massachusetts portion of the Housatonic River watershed.  Proposals submitted under the first subround of Round 3 funding are currently under review by the MA SubCouncil.

The MA SubCouncil anticipates releasing a Grant Announcement and Application (GAA) for a second subround of Round 3 funding later this year (see Press Release).  The GAA will solicit proposals for projects providing compensatory restoration through land acquisition and/or land protection measures.  The MA SubCouncil will host a public meeting to provide an overview of the anticipated funding, timeline, and approach for soliciting, evaluating, and selecting the second subround of Round 3 projects.  The public meeting will take place on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 5:30 PM at the Lenox Library, Sedgwick Reading Room, 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240.




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

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