Published on February 10, 2020

A Cleaner Housatonic River

Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Berkshire County, MA
Housatonic River

For several decades, up through the 1970s, General Electric (GE) manufactured and serviced electrical transformers containing toxic and persistent PCB chemicals. During those years, GE polluted the Housatonic River and surrounding lands with hundreds of tons of PCBs, which pose threats to human health and wildlife. 

Efforts to mitigate this environmental disaster have been ongoing since the 1980s. 

In February 2020, Mass Audubon signed a Settlement Agreement to expedite the removal of PCBs from the Housatonic River and floodplain in a manner that is protective of human health and the environment. 

Mass Audubon envisions a future in which an unpolluted Housatonic River ecosystem provides ecological, recreational, and economic benefits to the communities along its banks, from Pittsfield to Long Island Sound.

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