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 Second Subround of Round 3 Land Acquisition Projects: 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 October 7, 2015, release of the Grant Announcement and Application (Doc. No, BWSC-2015-NRD-03) for a second subround of Land Acquisition Projects to conserve habitat in the Housatonic River Watershed of Massachusetts as described in the Final Round 3 Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Round 3 RP/SEA) for the Housatonic River Watershed Restoration Program. The total value of available funding for this subround of Land Acquisition Projects is $853,000. 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 Application will be available online on the MassDEP NRD Program website and on the Commonwealth Procurement website (COMMBUYS). Applicants having difficulty obtaining required materials electronically may contact Karen Pelto at 617-292-5785 or by e-mail at karen.pelto@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.

The MA SubCouncil will hold an Applicant Conference for the Round 3 Grant Announcement and Application on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 5:30 PM at:

The Lenox Library, Sedgwick Reading Room
18 Main Street
Lenox, MA 01240

Written questions regarding the Grant Announcement and Application must be submitted on or before Friday, January 8, 2016. Completed applications must be received no later than 4:30 PM, April 6, 2016, at:

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
One Winter Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Re: BWSC-NRD-2015-03
Attn: Karen Pelto




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Stantec Consulting

  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