RESILENT TAUNTON WATERSHED NETWORK
(R-TOWN)

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:

Anne Herbst, MAPC, aherbst@mapc.org (617) 933-0781

Eric Arbeene, OCPC, earbeene@ocpcrpa.org (508) 583-1833 x-213

Bill Napolitano, SRPEDD, bnap@srpedd.org (508) 824-1367 x-315

Please click here to see who is part of out network.

Please click here to view the RTWN flyer.

Please click here to view upcoming meetings.
 

Resilent Community Case Studies

 

 

RTWN Presentations

 

Workshop Presentations & Resource Materials

RTWN EPA Soak Up the Rain Webinar Presentation, 7/11/17



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 Across Massachusetts, thousands of outdated dams and culverts create barriers to streams that prevent passage of fish and other wildlife, impair water quality, and increase flood hazards.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.

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
www.AdamWhelchel.com

 

 

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