housatonic river

New England News
3:45 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Pittsfield Joins Rest of the River Cleanup Effort

Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi answers questions from city councilors regarding the "Rest of the River" agreement during a nearly three-hour meeting.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield has formally joined five other Massachusetts communities in an effort to seek retribution and cleanup of the Housatonic River contaminated by harmful chemicals.

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WAMC News
8:18 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Berkshire Communities Join In PCB Cleanup

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Several Berkshire, Massachusetts County communities are banding together, figuring there's strength in numbers when it comes seeking financial compensation from General Electric during the PCB cleanup of the Housatonic River.

Lenox last week joined Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield to join the effort, and Pittsfield is expected to join Tuesday.

Nathaniel Karns, executive director of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, tells The Berkshire Eagle that together the communities can hire a law firm to negotiate with GE.

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New England News
1:04 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Restoration of Bartholomew's Cobble Taking Root

One of the floodplain fields being planted next to existing forests along the Housatonic River at Bartholomew's Cobble.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The final steps in the active restoration of a floodplain in southern Berkshire County are taking root.

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New England News
2:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Pittsfield Complying With EPA Mandate To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Pittsfield has been mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, a project that is estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars.

Upon a revision of Pittsfield’s wastewater discharge permit for a plant located on Holmes Road, an EPA mandate from 2008 would require the city to restrict the amount of aluminum and phosphorus released in its treated discharge into the Housatonic River.

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New England News
3:13 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Stakeholders Raise Concerns Over PCB Cleanup In Berkshires

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, General Electric, and the state governments of Connecticut and Massachusetts, recently met with stakeholders to provide updates on the cleanup plan for removing PCB’s from the Housatonic River and Silver Lake in Pittsfield.

At an EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council meeting at the Lenox Library Wednesday evening, community stakeholders raised concerns over information presented on a status update of the cleanup project at Silver Lake in Pittsfield.

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New England News
5:24 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Company Offers Technology to Aid in Housatonic PCB Cleanup

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

As state and federal officials are still working with GE on a plan to clean PCBs from the Housatonic River in the Berkshires, local activists are searching for new technologies to lessen the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In an event yesterday evening sponsored by local environmental groups and hosted by the Housatonic River Initiative, company BioTech Restorations presented new technologies they’ve been developing to remove harmful chemicals from contaminated soil.

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New England News
5:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Berkshire Communities Hold Together on PCB Cleanup

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

The leaders of several Berkshire communities are united in their stance to support to remove harmful PCBs from the Housatonic River, while no plan has yet been proposed by General Electric or the EPA on the cleanup of the so-called Rest of River. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports….

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New England News
3:39 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

PCB Removal in Pittsfield Site to Begin

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Beginning next week, General Electric will be begin work on removing PCBs from Pittsfield’s Silver Lake. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard…

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New England News
6:15 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Great Barrington Teens Go Green

Photo of River Walk courtesy http://www.gbriverwalk.org/
Housatonic River Walk

Director of the Greenagers program Will Conklin puts it this way…

A program of the Berkshires-based Center for Peace Through Culture, Greenagers is a youth program based in environmental stewardship and service to community.

On Saturday, April 21st, Greenagers will begin its season by providing volunteer hours to clean up and pull weeds on the Housatonic River Walk in Great Barrington. Director Will Conklin…

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New England News
12:35 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Panel Focuses on How PCBs Affect Wildlife

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Hosted by the Housatonic River Initiative, a non-profit dedicated towards clearing the Housatonic of PCB's for the past 20 years, panelists made the case for thorough cleanup along the rest of the river. General Electric and the EPA have already dredged the first two miles of the Housatonic from the GE site through Pittsfield. An EPA plan for the so-called "Rest of River," six miles of cleanup from Pittsfield to Woods Pond in Lenox, is still being developed.

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