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Spotted Salamander - Photo by Dan Minicucci


Fog along the Westfield River - photo by Dan Minicucci

The National Park Service recognized MassDOT District 1
Bridge Coordinator Ed Lausier as a "Conservation Hero"
for the cooperative and adaptive approach used at
Shaker Mill Brook, McNerney Road, in Becket.

River Stewardship

Section 7 Reviews

Under Section 7 of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, any federal project (including those permitted and/or funded by any federal agency) should not have a direct and adverse effect on the values for which a river was designated. Under this provision, the National Park Service (NPS), in coordination with the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee, reviews projects over and adjacent to the Wild & Scenic Westfield River. These reviews often occur through the joint processing meetings coordinated by the Army Corp of Engineers as part of the Section 404 permit reviews.

As part of the review process, the NPS can set conditions on components of the project which may impact the free-flowing condition of the river or the values for which the river was designated. The Committee aims to work with project proponents early in the process in order to help facilitate project reviews. In addition, members of the Committee can often provide technical assistance and support for river-related projects.

Project proponents should contact (413) 579-3015 or coordinator@westfieldriverwildscenic.org.

Projects NPS & the Committee are currently reviewing along the Westfield River include road and bridge rehabilitations and replacements, riverbank stabilization, and river restoration projects (e.g. dam removal, habitat enhancements, etc.).