Housatonic River Natural Resource Restoration



Mass EEA







The MA SubCouncil has been formed by the Natural Resource Trustees in accordance with the provisions of the Consent Decree and the Trustee Memorandum of Agreement to guide the process of the natural resources restoration of the Housatonic River in Massachusetts.

An in-depth description of the Trustees’ and the Connecticut and Massachusetts SubCouncils’ roles is provided in the Memorandum of Agreement among State and Federal agencies in the Housatonic watershed.  These agencies include:

  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (Mass EEA)
  • Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP)
  • United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

These Natural Resource Trustees obtain the authority for collecting natural resource damages from parties responsible for environmental harm caused by hazardous substances from the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the federal Clean Water Act, Executive Order 12580, the National Contingency Plan, and/or the Massachusetts Contingency Plan.  These also provide the authority for using the funds collected as damages for the restoration of the natural resources that were harmed.

The Connecticut and Massachusetts SubCouncils (CT SubCouncil and MA SubCouncil, respectively) are comprised of representatives of the Federal Trustees and a representative of the Trustee for the respective state.

The MA SubCouncil currently consists of one Federal Trustee and one State Trustee. NOAA has chosen to withdraw from its decision-making role on the MA SubCouncil pursuant to an October 2004 resolution to the MOA.

The MA SubCouncil currently consists of the following:

  • Thomas M. Potter, MADEP (voting member, State Trustee representative)
  • Molly Sperduto, USFWS (voting member, Federal Trustee representative)
Dean Tagliaferro, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is a non-voting Federal Advisor to the MA SubCouncil.

Upon reaching unanimous agreement of its voting members, the MA SubCouncil is responsible for authorizing the expenditure of Natural Resource Damage monies allocated to Massachusetts.




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Massachusetts SubCouncil, Housatonic River Natural Resource Trustees
1 Winter Street, 6th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
(617) 292-5785