C.H. Nickerson & Company, a Torrington-based construction firm specializing in water and wastewater treatment construction, was recognized this week for its $2,500 donation to the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), an organization that works to protect nearly 2,000 square miles of land and water throughout the
Housatonic River Valley.

Four other Connecticut and New England-based construction companies also donated $2,500 each, bringing the total donation to $12,500. The donation triggered a $12,500 matching grant from Aquarion Water Company, making a grand total $25,000 donation in support of HVA’s mission of conserving the natural character and environmental health of the Housatonic River watershed.

The five participating firms were recognized at a ceremony at Aquarion Water Company’s headquarters in Bridgeport.

“C.H. Nickerson & Company is honored to be able to join forces with our industry colleagues to provide the Housatonic Valley Association with a well-deserved donation,” said Jason Nickerson, Director of Development at C.H. Nickerson & Company. “As a company specializing in water processing and wastewater treatment, we understand the importance of protecting our natural resources, and we are pleased to support such a vital organization.”

The Housatonic River flows 150 miles from Hinsdale and Washington, Massachusetts to the Long Island Sound. The watershed covers 1,948 square miles and includes hundreds of rivers and streams throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York.

Founded in 1941, the HVA protects land and water throughout the entire watershed, working with property owners, local governments and organizations in all 83 towns within the watershed. HVA’s staff is comprised of in-house land and water experts, as well as volunteers that help with many of the water and land
protection projects.

“Since our organization’s inception, we have worked hard to save more than 5,000 acres of farmland wetlands, riverfronts and forest,” said Robert Houlihan, President of HVA’s Board of Directors. “Donations of this magnitude will allow us to continue to serve the area so that communities and wildlife in the region can
enjoy the fruits of the Housatonic Valley watershed for many years to come.”

In addition to Nickerson, the other participating firms were:

· Burns Construction of Stratford, Connecticut

· H.D. Supply Waterworks of Bridgeport and New Britain

· J.J. Brennan Construction of Shelton, Connecticut

· Tighe & Bond Engineers of Westfield, Massachusetts

For more information or to find out how you can help the Housatonic Valley Association, please visit www.hvatoday.org.