Environmental & Energy Planning

BRPC supports strategies, programs and projects that strengthen and protect the natural and built environment through local and regional initiatives including Brownfields assessments and cleanups, stormwater management, climate adaptation and resiliency, clean and efficient energy, and Green Communities.

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Initiatives

Berkshire Brownfields Program

The Berkshire Brownfields Program was created in 2004 when the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) received its first grant from EPA to conduct environmental assessments at Brownfields sites. Since then, the Berkshire Brownfields Program has grown to include an Assessment Program for Phase I, II & III Environmental Site Assessments, a Revolving Loan Fund for Brownfields Cleanups, and site specific Cleanup Projects

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Housatonic Rest of River Municipal Committee

The Rest of River Municipal Committee was created in 2013 to advocate common Housatonic River cleanup goals for the Rest of River to the EPA. The Committee includes the Towns of Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Sheffield and Stockbridge. The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission provides technical, fiduciary, facilitation and coordination assistance to the Committee.

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Projects

Adams Outsource—Environmental and Energy

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will provide technical planning support to the Town of Adams Office of Community Development. Specifically, BRPC will aid Adams regarding the National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II requirements.

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Adams Stormwater Management Bylaw

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will work with the Town of Adams to prepare a Stormwater Management Bylaw to address both construction and post construction stormwater management. The bylaw will require Erosion and Sedimentation controls, include a process for public input, and ensure site plan review to include a preconstruction review that considers potential water quality impacts. The bylaw will also require permanent stormwater controls to minimize water quality impacts and ensure long-term operation and maintenance of structural stormwater controls. Importantly, the bylaw will incentivize Low Impact Development techniques and encourage compact design.

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Adams-Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership Regional Adaptation & Resilience Project

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will provide overall grant management and support for the Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership Regional Adaptation & Resilience Project.This regional project encompasses a range of components from the macro to the micro – addressing multiple concerns for the MTWP that have arisen due to climate change and that are identified within the communities respective Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plans.

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Adams—Brownfields Assessment Project

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will work with the Town of Adams to serve as grant manager for their Community-wide Brownfields Assessment Grant. The US EPA has awarded the Town of Adams a $400,000 grant to conduct environmental assessments targeting the Rt. 8 Corridor including sites such as Adams Memorial School, 5-7 Hoosac Street, 50 Commercial Street, and Curtis Fine Papers.

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Adams—Brownfields Clean Up Project

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will assist the Town of Adams to manage an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant to remediate the Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain site. Environmental investigations performed to date have revealed petroleum contaminated soil located down to depths of approximately 10 feet along with coal across/near the surface of a portion of the property. A geophysical survey conducted in October 2017 identified an underground storage tank (UST) near the southern portion of the Site near the Hoosic River. Site cleanup will include demolition of the two former building foundations, abatement of hazardous building materials (i.e., asbestos, lead-based paint, PCBs), removal of petroleum and coal-contaminated soils, removal of a UST, and implementation of a new Activity and Use Limitation (AUL).

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Adams—Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership Regional Adaptation & Resilience Project

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will provide overall grant management and support for the Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership Regional Adaptation & Resilience Project. This regional project encompasses a range of components from the macro to the micro – addressing multiple concerns for the MTWP that have arisen due to climate change and that are identified within the communities respective Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plans.

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Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) has established a Revolving Loan Fund to lend funds for cleanup activities. This fund will provide subordinated loans and sub grants to enhance the credit worthiness of conventional or other traditional loans and funds and may fill funding gaps in the financial mix of a project.

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Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has established a Revolving Loan Fund to lend funds for clean up activities. This fund will provide subordinated loans and sub grants to enhance the credit worthiness of conventional or other traditional loans and funds and may fill funding gaps in the financial mix of a project.

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Dalton Green Infrastructure and Education

Dalton will work with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) to integrate emergency communications and education into the green infrastructure and environmental stewardship planning and implementation process by drawing connections between neighbors and environmental systems.

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Dalton Stormwater Management

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will provide professional planning assistance to the Town of Dalton for the purpose of providing assistance and guidance to the Town Manager and the Stormwater Management Commission to implement the Town of Dalton Stormwater Management Plan and maintain compliance with the NPDES Phase II General Permit.

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Farmers Market Promotion Program

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will support the operation of independent farmers markets, build capacity and increase customer volume and sales. The Berkshire Market Collective will bring together all the market managers to provide technical assistance and an outlet to share information, streamline market operations and reduce administrative burden. A unified market campaign will be developed to advertise the markets within the region while celebrating the individuality of each market. Data will be collected that measures sales in dollars and initial customer count and documents customer and sales increases.

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Lee—Brownfields Assessment Project

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will work with the Town of Lee to serve as grant manager for their Community-wide Brownfields Assessment Grant. The US EPA has awarded the Town of Lee a $300,000 grant to conduct environmental assessments targeting the former Schweitzer-Mauduit paper mills (Eagle, Columbia, Greylock and Niagara).

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Municipal Energy Technical Assistance

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will provide Green Communities technical assistance to Berkshire County municipalities. BRPC will aid Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Gt. Barrington, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, North Adams, Monterey, Peru, Richmond, Sandisfield and Washington as they pursue Green Communities designation and aid with the reporting requirements to municipalities who are Green Communities.

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Nonpoint Source Regional Coordinator

The project goals are to provide services in support of the Nonpoint Source Program by assigning BRPC staff to serve as Regional Coordinator to conduct work that is focused on NPS. It will include a collaborative watershed-based planning approach across subwatersheds, outreach and education efforts, identification and prioritization ofregional NPS priorities, development of watershed-based plans, development and submittal of high-quality proposals for funding under the 319 competitive grant program, and any other activities that will further the goals of the Nonpoint Source Program especially objectives and milestones identified in the 2020-2024 Massachusetts Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan.

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Pittsfield—Brownfields Assessment

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will assist the City of Pittsfield's Department of Community Development to oversee and manage a Brownfields Assessment grant awarded by the EPA to assess the former Stetson Dry Cleaner at 35 Federal Street.

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Regional Energy Planning Assistance

The Department of Energy Resources Regional Energy Planning Assistance (REPA) program seeks to augment municipal capacity necessary to: 1) participate in the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program; and 2) advance clean energy projects in under-resourced municipalities. BRPC will provide clean energy planning and program management to the following Massachusetts municipalities: Adams, Becket, Cheshire, Great Barrington, Lanesborough, Monterey, North Adams, Peru, Richmond, Sandisfield, West Stockbridge.

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Stockbridge Bowl Management Plan Phase II - 319

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will aid the Town of Stockbridge in conducting the Stockbridge Bowl Management Plan, which is being funded by Mass. DEP through a s.319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Grant.

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Reports

Stockbridge Bowl Watershed Survey 2012

As part of the Stockbridge Bowl Management Project (2009-2012), BRPC drafted this report in an effort to identify and begin to address nonpoint pollution sources in the Stockbridge Bowl Watershed.  Due to the size of the report, it has been divided ...

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