Some Massachusetts rivers, like the Charles River in Boston, have faced pollution problems and aren’t suitable for swimming. The third bridge, Old Covered Bridge located in Sheffield, Massachusetts, was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1998; it is now open only to foot traffic.[14]. Site design by, Hiking Trails Map – Northwest Connecticut, 54th Mass. Many species of aquatic life and wildlife in the Housatonic River ecosystem are at an intermediate to high risk from their exposure to PCBs in both the river and floodplain. 83 towns, 8 major tributaries, 24 sub-watersheds, rugged mountains, rolling hills, tidal estuary, 100,000 recreational acres and 50 million years of history… ready to explore. ON THE WATER Join us for a unique experience offering unparalleled panoramic views of the states skyline, and many of the area's most famous landmarks. Mission To conserve, restore and promote the Farmill River and its waterways as a valued resource for the communities and cities that surround it, through research, education, and public awareness campaigns. The most dangerous and difficult section that is navigable is by Bulls Bridge, with Class V whitewater. [24], Birds, such as ducks, and fish that live in and around the river contain significant levels of PCBs and can present health risks if consumed. The highest concentrations of PCBs in the Housatonic River are found in Woods Pond in Lenox, Massachusetts, just south of Pittsfield, where they have been measured up to 110 mg/kg in the sediment. Cornwall Bridge, CT. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [22], As of 2020 GE has completed remediation and restoration of the 10 manufacturing plant areas within the city, and is conducting inspection, monitoring and maintenance activities. [5], The river was dammed with the advent of industry. Fishing is a major activity along the entire length of the river and its tributaries. It is wild and rugged, yet accessible to visitors for hiking, camping, and overnight meals & lodging at […], Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway–From the rocky heights of Mt. Reinforced with present-day materials, both bridges carry normal vehicle traffic, albeit in only one direction at a time. Two are in Connecticut: one known as Bull's Bridge, which spans the river between Gaylordsville and Kent, and another at Cornwall, known as the West Cornwall Covered Bridge. [31][32] High mercury levels are measured in the sediment at the outflow delta of the Housatonic River into Long Island Sound.[33]. Additionally, parts of the the Housatonic River has been shown to contain high levels of PCBs, which may be linked to health problems. Many have been removed, but many remain, such as the Woods Pond dam in Lenox, Columbia Mill dam in Lee, Willow Mill dam in South Lee, Glendale dam in Stockbridge, and Rising Pond dam in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.[5]. Unknown creek and Housatonic River: TYPE: Falls/River: DESCRIPTION: Scenic waterfall in creek with swimming in a deep, small pool at the bottom dammed up with rocks (photo above). [5][6] It is referred to in the deed by which a group of twelve colonists called "The Proprietors" captured the land now called Sherman and New Fairfield as "Ousetonack". Both lakes are major water-sport recreation outlets for the surrounding towns. In April–Annual Spring Power-Up – CAMA opens the season with a salute to our own machinery collection. [34] Lake Housatonic is used by the Yale University Crew Team and the New Haven Rowing Club and is host to the Derby Sweeps & Sculls and the Head of the Housatonic. Du Bois Educational Series at Great Barrington, Clinton Church Restoration – Great Barrington. Camping season: May 24-Sept. 1. This is estimated to be about 11,000 pounds of PCBs. The first table lists state parks and reserves, the second lists state park trails, the third list state forests, and the fourth lists other state-owned, recreation-related areas. Fish and Wildlife Service, GE/Housatonic River Site in New England: Site History and Description. [29][30], The Connecticut segment of the river is polluted with mercury levels far beyond background levels, starting at the confluence with the Still River. There is an American nuclear weapon test of the same name, although it is not known if the name originated from the river or some other source. During the warm months the pristine 35-acre Benedict Pond attracts swimmers, boaters and fishermen. 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