Imagine A Revitalized Hoosic River
Restoring the River Ecology
by developing and enhancing stable river corridor habitats, improve water quality, reestablish riverine habitats and restore instream connectivity
Experience a River For All Seasons
Restoring the river can not only enhance it’s beauty, it can turn it into an economic engine year round for our city
FOR THE RIVER
Given the severity of repeated flood events from the 1920s through the 1940s, our community sought an engineering solution from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. While the resulting 15 foot-high concrete chutes and earthen walls have protected the city from flooding for over 60 years, their singular function has all but removed the river as an asset to the city.
FOR THE RIVER
River Specialists now know brute engineering to control natural forces is not often the best approach. Designs capitalizing on natural processes are more likely to succeed and be sustainable. Letting nature take its course is the heart of the Hoosic River restoration.
Imagine a Revitalized Hoosic River
Reinvented as a river filled with life, both in the channel and along its banks,the preliminary design for the pilot project includes improved habitat for river species, reimagined recreational facilities, well planned paths, and a host of amenities for residents and visitors. These improvements will transform the area while still maintaining the existing level of flood protection.
Restore a River
Revitalize a City
A story of the Hoosic River
raised from private & public sources
with $700K invested in research, community
outreach, and restoration design
devoted to the project by the Board
of Directors and community members
to the city of North Adams,one of
the poorest cities in Massachusetts