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2021 - 2022
Connecticut River (MA)

 GRS Project

This project was completed in 2022.  The 10 Geographic Response Strategies that were developed are listed below and are available at the Regional Response Team 1 website located here.

CR-MA-01A Northfield/Pauchaug Boat Ramp

CR-MA-01B Northfield/Riverview Picnic Area

CR-MA-01C Northfield/Millers River

CR-MA-02   Turners Falls

CR-MA-03   Sunderland

CR-MA-04A Hadley-Hatfied/Hatfield Boat Launch 

CR-MA-04B Hadley-Hatfied/Mill River

CR-MA-05 Northhampton-Hadley/Elwell Island

CR-MA-06 Easthampton/Oxbow Boat Ramp

CR-MA-07A Holyoke/S. Hadley/Dry Brook

CR-MA-07B Holyoke/S. Hadley/Brunelle's Marina

CR-MA-07C Holyoke/S. Hadley/Cove Island/Holyoke Dam

CR-MA-08 Chicopee/Chicopee River

CR-MA-09 Springfiled/W. Springfield

CR-MA-10 Agawam/Westfield River


EPA Region 1

Karen Way

GRS Project Coordinator


Nuka Research

Mike Popovich

Senior Project Manager


View the Project Overview Presentation 
Work Group Participants
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • First Light Power/Hydro
  • Moran Environmental Recovery
  • Towns of:
    • Northfield
    • Gill
    • Erving
    • Greenfield
    • Montague
    • Deerfield
    • Whatley
    • Sunderland
    • Hatfield
    • Hadley
    • South Hadley
    • Northampton
    • Easthampton
    • Holyoke
    • Chicopee
    • Springfield
    • West Springfield
    • Agawam
    • Longmeadow
Initial Work Group/Site Selection Meeting

December 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Work Group participants were briefed on project goals and timeline, reviewed the site sensitivity data compiled by Work Group members including the EPA, MassDEP, and Nuka Research, and identified 10 sites for GRS development.

Site Surveys

April 14-15, 2022

Work Group members conducted site surveys at multiple predetermined  locations to obtain additional information about each GRS site that will inform the development of tactics, logistics, and other elements.

Tactics Sub-Group Meeting

May 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm

The Tactics Sub-Group was comprised of select individuals from the project Work Group with direct experience and expertise in inland spill response, GRS development, and/or in-depth knowledge of the Connecticut River. The Sub-Group reviewed the draft GRS maps showing the tactics and strategies recommended by the site survey team. Changes to these initial tactics and strategies were made and the GRS were updated prior to final review by the Work Group. 

Final Work Group Meeting

August 10, 2022 11:00am - 12:30pm

This was the final meeting of the Connecticut River GRS Work Group. During this meeting, each draft GRS was presented for review and comment prior to finalization.

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