Housatonic Valley Association

Clean Water for Life

aka HVA   |   Cornwall Bridge, CT   |  www.hvatoday.org

Mission

The mission of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is to protect the natural character and environmental health of the entire Housatonic Watershed for this and future generations.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Ms. Lynn Werner

Main address

PO Box 28 150 Kent Road

Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754 USA

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EIN

06-6049295

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Housatonic River is the heart of an ecologically rich and profoundly beautiful series of interconnected landscapes. Stretching 150 miles from above Pittsfield, MA to Long Island Sound, the watershed is under stress from a number of threats including: historical industrial pollution (PCB’s), increased pollution from stormwater runoff into streams and drinking water, and climate change—a significant increase in size and intensity of storms causing habitat and municipal infrastructure destruction. Decisions made in the next 10 years will profoundly impact the nature and health of the watershed. Science and experience tell us that environmental conservation, when applied across multiple landscapes, empowered by numerous partners, can create a resilient network of lands and waters that offer tangible benefits. HVA’s challenge is two-fold: 1) to coordinate collective efforts to be as effective as we can be; and 2) attract more expertise and funding to address the threats that we face.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Land Protection

Land Protection - includes 1) preserving a greenway along the entire 150 miles of Housatonic Riverfront in MA and CT; 2) working with landowners and developers to preserve significant open space as part of the development process, and 3) working with land trusts throughout the region to create a conservation blueprint for action to help attract funds and donations to permanently protect regionally significant natural places.

Population(s) Served

Water Protection - includes 1)river shoreline surveys with volunteers along the Housatonic River and her tributaries in MA, CT and NY, 2) Follow-up water quality monitoring with trained volunteers at selected sights to determine the extent of fishable and swimable water, and find and fix pollution problems

Population(s) Served

Education projects with schools and adults to fix storm water pollution, create river buffers with natural vegetation, and improve household activities to better protect water. Working at state levels to improve water and land protection policies and opportunities for residents and community leaders.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Accreditation Commission 2014

Awards

To Lynn Werner, For Leadership and Dedication to the Environment 2009

US Environmental Protection Agency

Green Circle Award 1998

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Environmental Merit Award 1997

US Environmental Protection Agency

Connecticut Environment 2000 Award 2000

US Environmental Protection Agency

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 2010

River Network 2000

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Context Notes

HVA annually hosts between five and ten free, educational canoe trips to introduce people to the beauty and wonder of the Housatonic River and watershed. learn to respect it and care for it.

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Context Notes

We are doing more to bring broad public awareness and interest in our work than we ever have before. You can see the uptick in articles in 2016, a result of hiring a Communications Director .

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Context Notes

Several times a year we host gatherings to thank current HVA members and inspire prospective members. The bump in 2016 is due to a very broad series of events related to our Source of Sound adventure

Number of return website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Context Notes

We can see steady growth in return visitors due to the coming online of our new website and the addition of our Communications Director to our staff.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Context Notes

Members of our Board of Directors, several times a year, host gatherings to inform and thank current HVA members and inspire new or prospective members.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Context Notes

We show steady growth from 2015 to 2017, with a bump in 2016 due primarily to a very large, 10-day series of events centering around our Source to Sound Paddle adventure. Also, a new website helps.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Context Notes

We have begun to address the declining numbers by hiring a direct-mail marketing consultant in 2017. The 2017 number is for 10 months and does not reflect results of November and December mailings.

Number of corporate volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Context Notes

We have representatives from two businesses who are active participants on our Board of Directors. Additionally, we enlist corporate volunteers for some of our educational and conservation projects.

Number of trips provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Context Notes

HVA hosts free public canoe paddles to introduce all ages to the ecology of the Housatonic River and watershed.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Lead water & land conservation efforts, & promote/advise on land use & water management policies, to protect significant & improve water quality in rivers & streams throughout the watershed
Goal 2: Educate & engage communities throughout the watershed to advance our collective understanding of the ecological, economic & social value of conservation
Goal 3: Become recognized as the primary, trusted resource for information on the watershed & its health, maximizing our value to decision-makers, individuals, organizations & towns
Goal 4: Advocate for state water & land policies, & increases in the allocation of state/federal resources, which advance conservation in the region & the health of the watershed
Goal 5: Strengthen HVA’s human resources & capacity to deliver on goals & programs as designed
Goal 6: Build awareness of HVA among permanent & seasonal residents & decision-makers throughout the watershed
Goal 7: Increase earned & contributed support for HVA and its work

Goal 1: Implement Still River Watershed Planning project & Tenmile River designation, Create a template for developing watershed conservation plans, Continue leadership in securing federal/state, conservation funds
Goal 2: Explore strategies for assessing community needs, Market availability of classroom curriculum
Goal 3: Define the virtual watershed resource center & mapping portal
Goal 4: Explore new opportunities for Regional Conservation Partnership Funding, Lead on land/water regulatory/legislative policies, Establish a framework & identify possible members of a watershed-wide public policy coalition
Goal 5: Hire a Communications Director, create communications/PR plan, Expand education/GIS capacity, add clerical support, hire 75th anniversary Source-to-Sound coordinator, Strengthen existing & establish new board committees
Goal 6: Develop a plan to increase awareness within sub-watersheds of linkage to larger Housatonic Watershed, Redesign HVA web site
Goal 7: Expand membership

As one of the oldest watershed conservation organizations in the nation, HVA is recognized across the region as an effective, efficient, scientifically-based organization that collaborates with any and all individuals, groups and agencies to promote the environmental health of the Housatonic River and watershed. HVA recruits partners and draws resources to address the above goals and strategies. Our strength lies in our people—staff, membership and board—and others who share our vision. We have strong board and volunteer leadership. Our staff of fourteen (nine full-time, five part-time) led by Executive Director, Lynn Werner, includes a Development Director and membership manager, communications director and assistant, four water protection and two land conservation professionals, an educator and up to five interns per year. We have the capabilities to forge ahead on the ambitious Strategic Plan goals, but must continue to expand our membership and financial base.

We have: Implemented a Still River Watershed Planning project and Tenmile River designation, Defined the Greenprint Partners Fund, Identified a pathway for expanding the Greenprint into the southern Berkshires, Defined the virtual watershed resource mapping portal, Explored new opportunities for Regional Conservation Partnership Funding, Led on land and water regulatory/legislative policies, Hired a Communications Director, Created communications/PR plan, Expanded GIS capacity, Hired 75th anniversary Source-to-Sound coordinator, Strengthened existing board committees, Recruited 3 new board members from strategic regions, Articulated a big-picture capital needs and dreams plan, Developed “story bank” for Board, staff and volunteers to use, Completely redesigned HVA web site, Built social media communications, Increased individual giving capacity, Expanded membership, Created a Business Consortium concept plan.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Housatonic Valley Association

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. F. Anthony Zunino

Zuberry Associates

Term: 2016 - 2017


Board co-chair

George Logan

Aquarion Water Company

Term: 2016 - 2017

Louis Hecht

Retired

Michael Nesbitt

Retired

Linda Allard

Christine Baranski

Joseph Ellis

James Maloney,

Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc.

Ecton Manning

Barclay Prindle

Prindle Insurance

Barton Jones

George Logan

Aquarion Water Company

James Maloney

Ct Institute for Communities