Critical Habitats Management Plan - Housatonic River, Connecticut

Project Name: Critical Habitats Management and Littoral Zone Monitoring Plans

Location: Housatonic River, CT

Client: Northeast Utilities

Services: Rapid Habitat Assessment, Habitat Management Plan

Project Summary:

Kleinschmidt was retained to prepare FERC license compliance plans for a power generation project consisting of five hydroelectric developments on the Housatonic River in Northwestern Connecticut. The project was granted a new operating license which required the preparation of specific environmental management plans. 

Kleinschmidt biologists and planners worked closely with our client to prepare a Critical Habitats Management Plan, which provided for the protection and enhancement of rare calcareous habitats. This regionally rare habitat type covers over 600 acres on project lands and is home to over 20 state listed species with varying management needs. Our staff performed a rapid habitat assessment and provided a schedule for population monitoring and implementation of protection and enhancement measures to benefit these rare plant and animal populations.