hoosic river

This is a rendering of the Hoosic River Revival's Phase 1 concept

A citizens group pushing for the revitalization of the Hoosic River in North Adams has released detailed plans to redevelop a section of the waterway.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized a Berkshire resident for her work to revitalize the Hoosic River in North Adams.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Community efforts to revitalize a river in North Adams, Massachusetts are being rewarded by the state.

Hoosic River Revival

A recently signed environmental bond bill includes money to help North Adams reclaim an often overlooked river that dissects the city.


The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed an environmental bond bill Thursday that includes funding for many projects in western Massachusetts. The four-year, $1.9 billion plan fund projects aimed at land and waterway conservation as well as clean energy initiatives.

If passed, the legislation would provide nearly $9 million for design and construction of the Hoosic River Restoration project in North Adams.

The cement-walled flood chutes that travel through North Adams are now over 60-years old, and concerns over the safety and integrity of the structures have been on the minds of many city residents for years.

Judy Grinnell, President of Hoosic River Revival, said the conversation about how to address the flood chutes and improve the quality of life in North Adams first began in 2008.