Issues and Hot Topics

Still River Watershed Summit

HVA presented a Still River Watershed Summit on November 13, 2014. The summit was a kick-off to a watershed planning process for the Still River Watershed. Watershed management issues discussed included water quality, flooding and river-based recreation. The planning process will begin in early 2015 and will last for two to three years.

More than 40 people attended representing Stilll River watershed municipalities (Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield), as well as federal, state and regional agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Following information shown during the summit can be viewed by clicking on each one.
Watershed 101  /  Flooding  /  Green Infrastructure Success Stories
History and Geography  /  Water Quality  /  Recreation  /  Next Steps

Other summit handouts include:
A River Runs Through It  /  Flood Resilience Checklist  /  HFIAA Fact Sheet
SRA Brochure  / Still Facts  /  Still In the Housatonic Basin Still River Forum 
Still Streams Impacts  /  Summit Attendees

PCBs in the Housatonic River

Zebra Mussel Alert

  • Zebra mussels have been found in Laurel Lake in Lee, Mass. See what you can do to help keep zebra mussels out of the Housatonic. MORE ...  

River Continuity (Culvert Project)

HVA and the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) volunteers are surveying stream crossings along the Housatonic River in the Berkshire area of the Housatonic watershed. River Continuity works to reduce impediments to the movement of fish and other wildlife. Assessing the stream crossings is the first step in evaluating the degree to which a crossing is a barrier to wildlife. As towns replace culverts, this information will aid in replacing it with a wildlife friendly culvert. 

RiverSmart—a new program to protect the
Aspetuck River watershed

The new Aspetuck-Pomperaug River Partners ( is taking on a challenge that could affect the long-term health of three key rivers in the Aspetuck watershed for generations to come. MORE ...