Happenings in the Housatonic River
Watershed in Connecticut


Photo by Walter Kidd

Three of HVA's project requests have made it into the final draft for approval for Natural Resource Damages funds (NRD). 

The projects iinclude restoring riverfront habitat and building a low-impact river access in West Cornwall; improving stream health and fish habitat in Furnace Brook; and purchasing significant farmland and riverfront habitat for fishing access and river protection in Sharon (an HVA priority for four years). MORE...



North Canaan Elementary sixth grader bravely holds a stonefly she found in the Blackberry River.

Kids are busy on river projects!

Watershed Week is a pilot project of activities using a hands-on approach to teach Northwest Connecticut middle school and high school students about watersheds.

After learning how pollutants enter our rivers, 30 sixth grade students at North Canaan Elementary School came up with ideas to end the problem. They suggested cleaning out town storm drains or putting filters on the drains to stop garbage from being dumped into rivers. MORE..


Mapping services available for towns, land trusts

With your help, HVA’s GIS (Geographic Information System) department provides mapping and resource assessment assistance to community groups throughout the watershed.

Click here to find out more about our GIS and mapping services.


We have worked with the following:

Salisbury Association
Sharon Land Trust
Kent Land Trust
Roxbury Land Trust
Cornwall Conservation Trust
New Milford Farmland Preservation
Washington Conservation Commission
Kent Conservation Commission
Kent Inland Wetland Commission
Salisbury Planning and Zoning 
Pomperaug River Watershed Association.

If you are interested in a mapping project for your town or neighborhood,
contact Ryan Williams at 860-672-6678
or e-mail