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At CRWC, we work to protect the watershed from source to sea. From alpine forests to tidal estuaries, rural farmlands to urban riverfronts, spotted salamanders to bald eagles, and mussels to salmon. Read More right arrow



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Starting as a mountain stream, the watershed brings together dozens of historic tributaries into the main river and drains 11,000 square miles before reaching Long Island Sound. Read more...



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Watershed Council Action Leads to DEP Action

Chickley River afterIn mid-November, CRWC sent a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) documenting the damage of post-flood work on the Chickley River in Hawley and calling on DEP to increase its oversight.  Later that month, DEP ordered the contractor to cease and desist its work and to repair the environmental damage it caused.

The straightening and dredging of the Chickley for several miles went way beyond what was necessary to repair and protect roads, bridges and private property.  The work also did not return the Chickley to pre-flood conditions.  Not only did the work harm wildlife and habitats, it also likely increases flooding risk next spring or in any future flooding.

While CRWC praises DEP for taking action, we also question why the agency had not inspected the site until CRWC and other state agencies sounded the alarm. It’s our hope that moving forward the DEP understands that there needs to be better communication and oversight to avoid this kind of environmental tragedy in the future.

Read the full press release and River Steward Andrea Donlon's letter to the DEP.

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Image credits above: Alan Morgan, NASA, David Deen
Image Credits at Right - Illustrations: Bill Singleton; Photos: Elisabeth Cianciola, CRWC Staff. Map: Bill Singleton; ©Al Braden; Kyla Bennett;