In 2008, more than 30 community residents gathered to share interest in and questions about the feasibility of researching if/how our downtown concrete-channelized Hoosic River might be transformed into a 21st century flood control system that is also an attractive, accessible, and ecological asset for the city.
In the course of the next five years, the River Revival Coalition:
- raised funds for community outreach presentations and consultants’ research
- hired consultants to lead an all-day event about USA restoration projects
- created a website, a historical walking brochure, 2 community gardens
- became a Priority Project for the State of Massachusetts
- shared consultants’ restoration options for our river at city-wide meeting
- formed a 501 c (3) corporation called the Hoosic River Revival.
From 2014-16, the Board of Directors and Advisory Council of the River Revival:
- was honored that Founder Judy Grinnell was given EPA Region 1 Merit Award
- chose w. Mayor the site of Phase One restoration: South Branch Noel Field area
- got MA legislation to include $8,775,000 for Phase One into ’15-’19 Enviro Bond Bill
- convinced MA Gov Patrick to release $500,000 for detailed design of Phase One
- submitted the Inter-Fluve/Sasaki design to the N Y District Corps of Engineers
- began the search process for its first paid Executive Director
- increased fund raising efforts with goal of Phase One restoration by 2020.
We look forward to the next step in this most challenging and exciting endeavor….to go from ‘design to development’ of the Phase One restoration of the Hoosic River in North Adams.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. Margaret Mead