DEEP: Housatonic River Basin Natural Resources Restoration Plan

Housatonic River Basin Natural Resources Restoration Plan

In 2009, the Connecticut SubCouncil Trustees released the Housatonic River Basin Final Natural Resources Restoration Plan, Environmental Assessment, and Environmental Impact Evaluation for Connecticut funding 27 projects aimed at restoring, rehabilitating or acquiring the equivalent of the natural resources and recreational uses of the Housatonic River that were injured by the release of PCBs from the GE facility in Pittsfield, Mass.  Funding for these projects comes from a 1999 settlement with General Electric that included $7.75 million for projects in Connecticut, and grew to more than $9 million in an interest-bearing account. The Plan provided $7 million to 27 projects, across three restoration categories:

  • aquatic natural resources (approximately $1.7 million),
  • riparian and floodplain natural resources (approximately $2.8 million),
  • and recreational use of natural resources (approximately $2.6 million).
Since the actual cost of the aquatic natural resource projects was substantially less than the riparian and recreational use projects, the Trustee SubCouncil reserved a portion of the settlement to fund future projects in this category, through amendments to the plan, and those remaining settlement funds have grown to more than $2 million in an interest-bearing fund.  In June 2013, the Trustees released Final Amendment to the Housatonic River Basin Final Natural Resources Restoration Plan, Environmental Assessment, and Environmental Impact Evaluation for Connecticut, describing 7 additional aquatic restoration projects that will be implemented.
 
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Proposals for the 27 projects awarded funding under the original Housatonic River Basin Final Natural Resources Restoration Plan, as well all proposals submitted for funding under the Final Amendment to the Housatonic River Basin Final Natural Resources Restoration Plan, Environmental Assessment, and Environmental Impact Evaluation for Connecticut are available below.

 
 Original Project Proposals Project Sponsor
Audubon Carse Brook Wetlands Restoration   Supplemental Information Audubon Sharon
Town of New Fairfield
Town of Southbury
Town of Beacon Falls
CT DEEP Inland Fisheries
Town of Harwinton
Town of Kent
Housatonic Valley Association
Housatonic Valley Association
DEEP, Wildlife Division
Town of Newtown
Naugatuck/Pomperaug Chapter Trout Unlimited
USDA/NRCS King's Mark
Supplemental Information          2011 Report   2012 Report
                                            2013 Report
CT DEEP Inland Fisheries and Law Enforcement
NW Conservation District
Valley Council of Governments
DEEP Land Acquisition & Management
CT B.A.S.S. Federation
The Nature Conxervancy
Trout Unlimited
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation Environmental Committee
Town of New Milford
Town of Southbury
Housatonic Valley Association
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation Environmental Committee
Supplemental Information       Report        Articles 
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Wimisink Preserve Boardwalk, Sherman, CT
Photos courtesy of Dennis Larkin
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Naromi Land Trust, Inc.
Town of New Milford
Amendment Project Proposals Project Sponsor
Power Line Marsh Housatonic River Habitat Restoration Project CT DEEP
Restoration and Research of American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) in the Housatonic River Watershed Housatonic Environmental Action League, Inc.
Housatonic Watershed Habitat Continuity in Northwest Connecticut Housatonic Valley Association 
Heminway Pond Dam Removal, Steele Brook, Aquatic Natural Resources Restoration/Enhancement Town of Watertown 
Leetes Island Tidal Marsh Habitat Restoration Project CT DEEP 
Long Beach West Tidal Marsh Habitat Restoration Project  CT DEEP 
McKinney NWR Great Meadows Unit, Stratford, Connecticut Conceptual Marsh Restoration   -  Photos Lordship Point/Raymark Trustee Council
Old Papermill Pond Dam Fish Passage Project Ousatonic Fish and Game Club
Removal of Pin Shop Pond Dam The Old Pin Shop, LLC
Tingue Dam Bypass Channel (Application for NOAA Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Project Grants Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009)
This project is primarily being funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; Housatonic NRD funds will only be applied should there be a budget shortfall.
CT DEEP
 
Project Contacts
 
Name  Organization  Phone  Email 
Ken Finkelstein Ph.D.(Trustee) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  (617) 918-1499 ken.finkelstein@noaa.gov 
Rick Jacobson (Trustee) Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection 
(860) 424-3482 
rick.jacobson@ct.gov
Molly Sperduto (Trustee) United States Fish and Wildlife Service (603) 223-2541 molly_sperduto@fws.gov  
Robin Adamcewicz Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection  (860) 295-9523 robin.adamcewicz@ct.gov