HooRWA is dedicated and very active in the protection of the Hoosic Watershed.

Reducing NPS Pollution


“Non-point-source” or NPS pollution is pollution that cannot be traced to a single-source outfall such as a factory pipe discharging into the river. Examples of non-point-source pollution include stormwater runoff from lawns, roads, parking lots, building sites, and agricultural fields. This runoff can contain petroleum products, salt, animal waste, fertilizers, pesticides, heavy loads of sand and silt, or other contaminants. Failing septic systems or other contamination of groundwater can also contribute to NPS pollution.
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Restoring and Protecting Habitat


Here are a few essentials for good habitat:

  • Water that is clean, clear, the right temperature, has enough oxygen, and has reliable flow.
  • A river bottom free of toxins or excess sediment.
  • Streambanks that are vegetated– but not dominated by invasive plants.
  • Passageways for wildlife to move freely up and down stream, in the water and on shore.
  • A landscape that can adapt to natural floods and meandering of the riverbed.

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Remediation Projects

What HooRWA does.
Besides riverbank cleanups, HooRWA identifies other areas of concern along the river. We do not fund or conduct large-scale remediation ourselves, but can help landowners and townships seek technical assistance or funding.

What you can do.
Bring unknown dump sites to our attention.
Volunteer on river cleanup days.

Sound Land Use

Because the Hoosic Valley is still relatively undeveloped, we still have a chance to guide development wisely — and protect what should be protected before it is gone. It’s up to the residents of the watershed to be proactive in guarding the health and beauty of their region.
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River and Trail Access

One of our trail bridges

One of our trail bridges

A day of paddling, fishing, or hiking brings home a river’s value better than all the data in the world. HooRWA has a long history of improving river access points and hiking trails for low-impact recreational uses–because the river speaks to those who visit it.

What you can do.

  • Try the river and trails! Our Recreation page can help.
  • Volunteer for trail maintenance or river cleanups.
  • If you are a landowner, consider granting rights-of-way for boaters or hikers.

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