Housatonic Valley Association
PO Box 28
150 Kent Road
Cornwall Bridge CT 06754-002
Contact Information
Address PO Box 28
150 Kent Road
Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754-002
Telephone (860) 672-6678 x
Fax 860-672-0162
E-mail hva@hvatoday.org
Web and Social Media
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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. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1941
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lynn Werner
Board Chair Mr. F. Anthony Zunino
Board Chair Company Affiliation Zuberry Associates
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
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. 
Background Founded in 1941 by Stratford and Cornwall resident Charles Downing Lay, a land planner and Yale professor, HVA is the second oldest watershed protection organization in the United States. We have grown from a handful of volunteers to a professionally staffed organization of nine full time and four part time employees. HVA has a main office in Cornwall Bridge; field offices in Lee, Massachusetts and Wassaic, New York; a 20-member Board of Directors from all parts of the 80-town watershed; and a cadre of volunteers who do everything from stuffing envelopes to organizing river cleanups and monitoring water quality and river flow.

 HVA works directly and in partnership with grassroots groups to serve the 750,000 residents living in the Housatonic River watershed through three major programs and associated projects. These are: 1) Land Protection Program aimed at conserving our most vulnerable natural areas and special places, 2) Water Protection Program aimed at protecting rivers, streams and drinking water supplies including deployment of volunteer teams to monitor river shoreline and in-stream water quality; working with community leaders to fix pollution problems and restore healthy river, stream and wetland ecosystems; and 3) Community Education and Events with projects aimed at, among other things, school programs, river cleanups, family hikes and paddling events, and publications that reach land use leaders, river users and the public at large.

For more than twenty years HVA has partnered on numerous projects and initiatives in the southern Housatonic valley communities. In addition to recent Low Impact Development programs, we published Sound Science, a teachers’ guide to help students understand how rivers affect the health of Long Island Sound. We also created and distributed a comprehensive guide, The Heart of the Housatonic, designed to bring people back to the river and highlight how to care for this precious resource.

Impact HVA fulfills its mission by establishing partnerships with agencies and organizations, conducting research, education, advocacy, and providing technical assistance to communities and neighborhood groups. We have a strong, credible record of land conservation and river monitoring, cleanup and relationship building. HVA is headquartered in Cornwall Bridge, CT (central to the watershed), with a Berkshire program office in Lee, MA and a New York office in Wassaic, NY. HVA has six full-time and ten part-time environmental and support staff, and benefits from 200 volunteers per years, doing both field and administrative work.

HVA partners with business and community leaders in the Berkshires, New York State and the Southern Valley to achieve its mission through three major programs and associated projects: 

I. Land Protection (Housatonic River Greenway, Litchfield Hills Greenprint Project, technical assistance to grassroots groups and community land use boards, and providing the leadership to federal initiatives such as the Highlands Coalition). Our most recent Land Protection achievements include the permanent conservation of more than 3,000 acres of land in the watershed; adding 2 new miles to the Housatonic River Greenway and winning formal adoption into the Connecticut Greenways Plan.

II. Water Protection (community shoreline surveys/water monitoring, leading statewide initiatives to protect river flow and guide PCB contamination cleanup) Recent achievements include: coordinating more than 40 partner grassroots groups in periodic watershed-wide river cleanups that have netted more than 500 tons of garbage to date; recruiting and training 200 volunteers in Stream Teams to survey 80% of the Housatonic Riverfront and all of the Tenmile and Still River riverfronts, and test water quality in about 45 % of the watershed; fixing 20 of the more than 60 pollution sites found in the field including an illegal toxic dump, leaking sewage pipes, storm drain dumping and riparian destruction.

III. Community Outreach (adult and youth education including publishing and distributing materials about water protection, low impact development, Long Island Sound, destination points of Housatonic River communities; and homeowner guides.) We have created and distributed 10,000 copies of our Guide to the Housatonic River Estuary, our How to Ace Your River Report Card for developers and land use commissions, and the Heart of the Housatonic guide to river town attractions in northwest Connecticut; and created the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Project with our partner the Trust for Public Land that has compiled the most accurate assessment of conserved lands/ important natural resources in 28 Litchfield Hills towns plus a model to predict growth to help community land trusts increase the pace and quality of land conservation in the region.

Needs To protect the health and well-being of the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound by reducing polluted stormwater runoff.

1) Increase the technical knowledge among land use decision makers and practitioners in targeted communities about how to reduce polluted runoff through Low Impact Development (LID). 

2) Incorporate LID strategies into land use regulations and practices in the targeted communities

To increase the pace of conservation of forest, farmland, and water supply watersheds.

1) Land acquisition and management funds to partner with, and assist the land trusts within the Litchfield Hills.

2) A new web-based mapping program to give land trusts and municipal land use leaders in 28 towns access to forest, farm and water supply land parcel data; protected land parcel data; and landscape data of significance.

To build streamwalk and water quality monitoring programs in New York and northwestern Connecticut for citizens to protect their local water resources and educate the public about stream ecology and threats to our region.. 

To provide recreational access to the Housatonic River through foot, bicycle and paddling trails and new paddling access sites.

To introduce students and the public to watershed science and river health through sampling, classroom programs and family activities

CEO Statement

We can’t say it enough to all who support our work– thank you!

 Your passion and leadership are evident all across this great river valley. And your enthusiasm is contagious. 

Land conservation leaders across the Litchfield Hills are collaborating to build the financial power needed to protect our remaining forests and habitats. Town leaders are teaming up with stream ecologists to protect our most precious cold water streams. Students and volunteers are planting rain gardens and buffers to restore clean water.

 Yes, we do face unprecedented environmental threats. Changing climate conditions push habitats northward and threaten our precious and finite supplies of clean water. We spent a good part of the year examining new ways to tackle these issues. Our new strategic plan challenges us to share the urgency of our watershed’s story and attract the very best human and financial resources to our cause. 

 The decisions we make in the next ten years will profoundly impact the nature and health of the Housatonic Watershed. You balance the odds. You make success possible. Imagine where this valley would be without you. Imagine what dreams we will achieve together.

 On behalf of the rest of the HVA team, thank you!

F. Anthony Zunino, President

Lynn A. Werner, Executive Director
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Areas Served
Lower Naugatuck Valley
HVA's geographic region of concern is the 2,000-square-mile watershed of the Housatonic River, which includes 83 towns in southwestern Massachusetts, western Connecticut, and a small portion of eastern New York, including the lower Naugatuck towns of Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton and Stratford.   
Description 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 Served Adults / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Completed the final 30 miles of Housatonic shoreline survey in northwest Connecticut.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Board of Directors and an additional land protection advisory board monitor annual progress.

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 Served Adults / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Supervisory staff and Board of Directors annual monitors success.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Found and fixed 4 sources of pollution. Held numerous Low Impact Development forums. Worked with 5 cities and towns to strengthen LID regulations.

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 Served Adults / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Supervisory Staff and Board of Directors annual monitor success of the program.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Thousands of adults, children and families have learned about watershed education and have been 'reintroduced' to the Housatonic River via classroom, streamside and 'on the water' interactive educational experiences.
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Lynn Werner
Term Start Jan 1993
Email lynnhva@hotmail.com
Experience Lynn Werner assumed the HVA Executive Directorship in 1995. HVA has since more than tripled in size and capacity, with staff working at all levels of public and private environmental decision-making in the tri-state region. Werner is a founding member and former president of the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, a member of the Connecticut Department of Protection Commissioner?s Stream Flow Advisory Committee and Land Stewardship Committee, and serves on the boards of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, Earthshare of New England and Earthshare National. Werner holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Connecticut.
Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Finance Director
Title Development Director
Title Berkshire Program Director
Title Water Protection Director
Title Litchfield Hills Greenprint Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
HVA is a recognized leader among environmental organizations throughout western Massachusetts and Connecticut and eastern Dutchess County, New York. We often initiate, or are called upon by partners and peers, to form coalitions to address common concerns such as maintaining healthy amounts of water flow in rivers, or improving certain development proposals, or advocating for more government resources to support private conservation efforts. We regularly partner with 18 organizations in Massachusetts, 15 in New York and 55 in Connecticut.  
To Lynn Werner, For Leadership and Dedication to the EnvironmentUS Environmental Protection Agency2009
Green Circle AwardConnecticut Department of Environmental Protection1998
Environmental Merit AwardUS Environmental Protection Agency1997
Connecticut Environment 2000 AwardUS Environmental Protection Agency2000
Board Chair
Mr. F. Anthony Zunino
Company Affiliation Zuberry Associates
Term Sept 2016 to Sept 2017
Board of Directors
Ms. Linda Allard
Ms. Christine Baranski
Mr. Joseph Ellis
Mr. Louis Hecht Retired
Mr. Barton Jones
George S. Logan Aquarion Water Company
Mr. James H. Maloney, Esq.Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc.
Mr. Ecton Manning
Mr. Michael Nesbitt Retired
Mr. Barclay Prindle Prindle Insurance
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Co-Chair
George S. Logan
Company Affiliation Aquarion Water Company
Term Sept 2016 to Sept 2017
Email hva@hvatoday.org
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $2,325,363.00
Projected Expenses $2,322,654.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Form 990s
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$155,942$193,222$532,897
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,683$8,489$7,405
Membership Dues$54,710$56,685$60,541
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,266,116$950,063$1,252,158
Administration Expense$84,308$85,442$76,299
Fundraising Expense$89,503$112,700$89,156
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.180.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%83%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%9%8%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,329,977$1,177,558$982,793
Current Assets$538,608$261,540$264,630
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$31,258$15,317$44,403
Total Net Assets$1,298,719$1,162,241$938,390
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.2317.085.96
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments Any surplus of revenue over expenses will be added to our reserve account.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address PO Box 28
150 Kent Road
Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754002
Primary Phone 860 672-6678
Contact Email hva@hvatoday.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lynn Werner
Board Chair Mr. F. Anthony Zunino
Board Chair Company Affiliation Zuberry Associates


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