Housatonic River Natural Resource Restoration



Mass EEA







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

Grant Announcement and Application for Restoration Projects in Round 4 of the Housatonic River Watershed Restoration Program 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Natural Resource Damages (NRD) Program, as Lead Administrative Trustee for the Massachusetts SubCouncil (MA SubCouncil) of the Housatonic River Trustee Council for the GE/Housatonic NRD settlement, announces the release of the Grant Announcement and Application (Doc. No, BWSC-NRD-2018-12) announcing Round 4 of Restoration Project funding under the Housatonic River Watershed Restoration Program and soliciting proposals for Restoration Projects. The total value of available funding for Round 4 Restoration Projects is approximately $1,450,000. Multiple grants may be awarded. Details regarding project eligibility and instructions for submitting a grant application are provided in the Grant Announcement and Application package.

The Grant Announcement and Applications will be available online on the MassDEP NRD Program website at:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/cleanup/nrd/nrd-restoration-funding-opportunities.html and on the Commonwealth Procurement website (COMMBUYS) at:
www.commbuys.com. Applicants having difficulty obtaining required materials electronically may contact Thomas M. Potter at 617-292-5628 or by e-mail at thomas.potter@state.ma.us. Hard copies of application materials will be available at the Lenox Library and other public libraries in the Housatonic River watershed in Massachusetts.

Written questions regarding the Grant Announcement and Application must be submitted on or before September 07, 2018. Completed applications must be received no later than 4:30 PM, October 01, 2018, at:

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
One Winter Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Re: BWSC-NRD-2018-12
Att: Thomas M. Potter

Information about the Housatonic River Watershed Restoration Project in Massachusetts is available online at: www.ma-housatonicrestoration.org. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Thomas M. Potter, MassDEP, State Trustee Representative and Lead Administrative Trustee, at 617-292-5628 or thomas.potter@state.ma.us.


·       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
1 Winter Street, 6th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
(617) 292-5785