Published on December 7, 2015

Communities Awarded Technical Assistance for Low Impact Development

As part of Mass Audubon’s ongoing work in the Blackstone River Watershed, five communities have been selected to receive technical assistance for local Low Impact Development (LID) and land use planning projects to improve water quality and stormwater management. This technical assistance is being offered through our partnership with the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, Horsley Witten Group, Inc, and the Blackstone River Coalition.

The communities chosen following a competitive application process are: Auburn, Grafton Mendon, Millbury, and Worcester. Free, tailored technical assistance will address a separate set of needs for each community. Four of the communities have chosen to receive assistance in reviewing local land use regulations to better support LID and green infrastructure. Among this group, the selected rural and suburban communities plan to protect their natural green spaces and the ecosystem services they provide through conservation design. The City of Worcester will continue progress on greening their city through tree plantings, incorporation of LID into redevelopment and road reconstruction projects, and improving erosion and sedimentation control.

The fifth community, Millbury, has chosen public engagement and planning assistance to green their downtown center, which will both improve aesthetics and protect the adjoining Blackstone River.

All five communities will also receive GIS maps depicting existing natural green infrastructure, water resources, and priority protection and development areas. These maps will assist communities in making informed decisions about local development and conservation.