Our services include workshops, advice, and technical assistance for residents, municipal officials, and businesses in the fastest growing parts of Massachusetts. Below are grant-funded community projects we’re working on right now.
Resilience in the Taunton Watershed
Mass Audubon and our partners are working in the Taunton River Watershed to map green infrastructure resources, develop case studies that highlight the benefits of protecting them, and create a training program for local communities within the watershed. This partnership among Mass Audubon, Manomet, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, The Nature Conservancy, and the Southeast Region Planning and Economic Development District is made possible through an EPA grant and is a subset of the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network. Learn More >
Valuing Land and Water in the Narragansett Bay Watershed
Mass Audubon and our project partners have received a grant to develop information on the human benefits provided by the Narragansett Bay watershed. This three-year project will determine the economic value of these “ecosystem services” received from conserved land and clean water, and incorporate the information into decision-making for smart land use in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Learn more >
Low Impact Development Projects
Polluted water from roads and parking lots gets washed into streams and ponds, and municipalities on tight budgets are facing millions of dollars in stormwater improvements. As forests and farmlands—which act as natural water filtration systems—are paved over, the problem grows. Low Impact Development (LID) is a category of green infrastructure that works with nature to manage stormwater and decrease the impact of development on surface and groundwater.
Saving Land, Money, and Water in the Blackstone River Watershed
One heavily impacted area is the Blackstone River watershed, which spans 545 square miles and encompasses thousands of acres of rivers, ponds, lakes, and reservoirs. We are working within the watershed to find cost-effective stormwater solutions, with a focus on Low Impact Development, or LID, which works with nature rather than against it. Learn more >
Saving Land, Money, and Water in MetroWest
We are also working on this issue with communities in the MetroWest. Mass Audubon, the Charles River Watershed Association, and the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance have each received a grant from the Foundation for MetroWest to assist local communities with land and water management options that benefit the environment, economy, and community quality-of-life. Learn more >
Outreach and Tours on LID in Central Massachusetts
Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, Mass Audubon will be educating children and adults throughout central Massachusetts on improving water quality and habitat through the use of cost-effective LID and Green Infrastructure. Learn more >
Taunton Watershed Stream Continuity Project
Across Massachusetts, our rivers and streams are in need of a makeover. Thousands of outdated dams and culverts create barriers that prevent passage of fish and other wildlife, impair water quality, and increase flood hazards. One place in particular need of attention in Massachusetts is the Taunton River watershed, where areas of high ecological importance are crisscrossed by roads and other barriers. Learn more >
Have you ever wondered which land areas in your community are most important to conserve? Want to learn how to get involved in sustainable planning in your town? Find more resources >