FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 2-23-05
Restoration Planning Strategy
Finalized for Housatonic River
The Restoration Planning Strategy (RPS)
for the Housatonic River watershed in Massachusetts has been finalized
by the Massachusetts Natural Resource Trustee SubCouncil (MA
SubCouncil). The document provides a framework for the development of a
Restoration Plan that will lead to the implementation of natural
resource restoration projects within the Housatonic River watershed.
Funding for these compensatory restoration projects is through of a
settlement with the General Electric Company related to PCB
contamination in the Housatonic River. The development and
implementation of the RPS is overseen by state and federal natural
resource trustees, ex officio delegates, and private consultants.
The RPS is available at public libraries
in the towns of Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, Sheffield, and
Stockbridge. The document, as well as additional project information, is
also available online at
www.ma-housatonicrestoration.org. The Administrative Record for the
project is located at the Lenox Library.
Currently under development is the DRAFT
Restoration Project Evaluation Criteria (RPEC) document, which details
the process for the solicitation, evaluation, and selection of
compensatory restoration projects. The MA SubCouncil will soon release
the DRAFT RPEC for public review and comment. A public meeting will be
announced when the document is released.
More information about this restoration initiative is available online
Additional information can be obtained by emailing Michael Chelminski of
Woodlot Alternatives, Inc. at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling him at (207) 729-1199.