Massachusetts Stream Teams

Our Work So Far...

  

Between 1999 and 2003, six Stream Teams of community volunteers collected data about the condition of the main stem of the Housatonic River from Muddy Pond (the source of the Housatonic in Washington) through Sheffield to the Connecticut border. This information helps to identify where pollution is coming from and often results in taking immediate corrective action.

Those sections were recently resurveyed to see if any changes have occurred since then. A new survey was included for Hop Brook in Tyringham due to the sensitive nature of that tributary and the major reconstruction planned for the road that parallels the brook.

 

Many areas of concern from the previous reports have been remediated, such as trash piles and outflow issues. Also, most of the recommendations have been fullfilled, such as monitoring water quality, increasing storm drain awareness, planting vegetative buffers and developing new river access sites. A stormwater runoff problem still exists on our river but we can now concentrate on decreasing the amount that enters it.

 

 

 

 

East Branch River
Assessment Report

 

 

 



Great Barrington River
Assessment Report

 

 

 

 

Hop Brook River
Assessment Report

 

 

 

 

Lee, Lenox River
Assessment Report

 

 

 

 

Sheffield River
Assessment Report

 

 

 

 

Stockbridge River
Assessment Report

 

 

 

 

West Branch River
Assessment Report

Moving into the Tributaries...

We plan to conduct similar river assessments on many tributaries, such as the Green, Williams, Konkapot and Umpachene rivers. If you would like to participate in these assessments, please contact the Massachusetts office. Also please report any problems you see on any of the rivers in the Housatonic Watershed to an HVA office.