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

Round 3 Grant Announcement and Application for Land Acquisition Projects Released on March 28, 2014:  The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) NRD Program, as Lead Administrative Trustee for the Massachusetts SubCouncil (MA SubCouncil) of the Housatonic River Trustee Council for the GE/Housatonic Natural Resource Damages (NRD) settlement, has announced release of the Grant Announcement and Application (Doc. No, BWSC-2014-NRD-02) for 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 estimated total value of funding for Land Acquisition Projects is $2 million.  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 is available online on the MassDEP NRD Program website. 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 are available for viewing 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 Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 5:30-8:00 PM at:

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

Questions regarding the Grant Announcement and Application must be submitted on or before Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Completed applications must be received no later than 4:30 PM, September 30, 2014, at:

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
One Winter Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Re: BWSC-NRD-2014-02
Attn: Karen Pelto




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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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