The mission of the Hoosic River Revival is to reconnect the community to a healthy, scenic, wildlife-and-people-friendly river, which will provide 21st Century flood protection and also enhance North Adams’ recreational, cultural, and economic vitality.
The 70 mile Hoosic River, one of the best cold-water fisheries in Massachusetts, flows through Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York and is healthier, more beautiful to look at, a recreational resource, and an economic engine for most of its adjacent communities. The Hoosic in downtown North Adams has none of these qualities. Our 2.5 mile channelized section of the river is unattractive, inaccessible, classified by the State as ‘impaired’, and described by the Corps of Engineers as having ‘outlived its useful life”. The community appreciates the current safety provided by the 60 year old chutes, but also considers them an aging, ugly concrete scar dividing the downtown.
Area residents want to maintain flood protection with a 21st Century system that will also provide connections to the river and enhance its corridor, supporting: activities like fishing, boating, biking, and walking paths; historical linkages; cultural events; community gatherings; and commercial development. In essence, restoring the river would contribute to our quality of life.
Given the community consensus about the restoration of the river, for the past 8 years the River Revival has been working with engineers and urban designers in order to assess the conditions of the chutes, and the options for chute modification which would maintain flood protection but also improve the health of the river, and create corridor enhancements, such as bike paths and accessibility to the river.
The highlight of our work is the 2015 Design for the restoration of a .5 mile Phase One section of the South Branch of the river, a design which we have submitted to the Corps of Engineers. At their request, we will modify some aspects of that design, and then proceed with the various permitting steps. Our goal is to open the restored Noel Field/ Hoosic River “Park” in 2020.
In order to get a fuller picture of our major accomplishments, we invite you to ‘dig in’ or just ‘peruse’ the five reports/designs in the RESTORATION PROGRESS link:
2015 Phase One Design (one section of the South Branch)
2015 South Branch Conceptual Plan
2014-15 Economic Analyses
2012 Hoosic River Options Report
2010/2012 Flood Chute Structural Analyses
And we thank you for your interest in this most exciting, transformative project.