RESILENT TAUNTON WATERSHED NETWORK
Photos: Regional Open Space Alliance/SRPEDD
The Resilient Taunton Watershed Network (RTWN)
Our overarching goal is to promote the resiliency of the Taunton Watershed in the face of climate change and development, considering ecological outcomes as well as economic, social, and environmental justice issues. A resilient watershed is one that has the capacity to adjust to stresses and disturbances, while still able to provide valuable ecosystem services and functions, such as provision of a clean and plentiful water supply and flood protection. We will leverage our resources, knowledge, and skills, and work through an integrated watershed approach towards measurable results.
We are working together to identify and implement the most promising solutions that advance both ecological and economic wellbeing by protecting existing green infrastructure, promoting ecological restoration, integrating climate change concerns, and supporting programs and future development patterns that use land and infrastructure efficiently to improve conditions for all residents.
You can become a member of the RTWN to stay informed and to share your knowledge of the needs and issues in the watershed. All are welcome.
For more information, contact:
Resilent Community Case Studies
- SRPEDD GAEA Presentation
- RTWN Presentation
- Old Colony Planning Council Climate Resiliency Presentation
- Restoring Rivers: Benefits for Nature and People Presentation
- Taunton Watershed Climate Change Resilency Presentation
- Valuing Green Infrastructure in a Changing Climate
- Low Impact Development Demonstration Projects Presentation
Workshop Presentations & Resource Materials
- Session 1 Presentation: RTWN- Who We Are
- Session 2 Presentation: Climate Change Impacts in Eastern Massachusetts
- Session 3 Presentation: Taunton Green Infrastructure Network
- Session 4 Resilience Solutions Green Infrastructure, Planning, & LID
- Five Simple Actions that Improve Community Resilience
- Creating Healthy, Resilient Communities Through Green Infrastructure
Report on Stream Contiunuity in the Watershed
Mass Audubon and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance have released a report detailing the findings of more than 500 stream crossing assessments in the Taunton River watershed. Across Massachusetts, thousands of outdated dams and culverts create barriers to streams that prevent passage of fish and other wildlife, impair water quality, and increase flood hazards. The Taunton River watershed is particularly in need of attention as it contains areas of high ecological importance that are crisscrossed by roads and other barriers.
Stream assessments were conducted for this report in 27 municipalities within the Taunton watershed by dozens of volunteers and partner organizations, including SRPEDD and several members of the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network (RTWN). The report summarizes the results of these field assessments, including the condition of each surveyed stream crossing and the degree to which each represents a barrier to fish and other aquatic life. To restore streams, crossings that create barriers should be replaced with structures that are will better maintain streamflow and connectivity. Cities and towns in the Taunton River watershed have critical roles in advancing replacement projects that will benefit ecological systems as well as human health and safety. This report serves as a guide for prioritizing opportunities to replace culverts and other crossing structures, and identifies sources of assistance to municipalities that pursue such projects.
Learn more about this projetct and read the report. Click here.
Taunton River Watershed Green Infrastructure Maps Now Available from Manomet
The Taunton Green Infrastructure (GI) analysis is an output from a recently completed project by Manomet, SRPEDD, MAPC, TNC and Mass Audubon. The analysis is intended to provide a regional conservation template by identifying high priority natural areas that provide services such as groundwater recharge, nonpoint source pollution and flood control, protection of biodiversity and access to open space.
The GIS shapefiles, image files, and associated documentation are all available for download from the Manomet FTP site: ftp://ftp.manomet.org/climateservices/Taunton_Greeninfrastructure/
TNC’s “Community Resilience Building”
After a decade of working directly with communities, I am proud to say the final Community Resilience Building Workshop Guide is complete. “Community Resilience Building” is a tried and tested approach that is now trusted by over thirty five communities. You can get the Guide and much more at www.CommunityResilienceBuilding.com.
The Community Resilience Building Workshop is a flexible “anywhere at any scale” comprehensive approach that gets municipalities, corporations, organizations, and agencies further down the resilience path. For questions on possibilities and applications, contact:
Adam Whelchel, PhD
Director of Science – The Nature Conservancy