Resilience in the Taunton Watershed
Healthy, intact natural systems provide many benefits to the challenges posed by climate change, from forests that sequester and store carbon dioxide to wetlands that act as natural flood absorbers. Nature-based approaches (also known as green infrastructure) to climate change adaptation can provide significant cost savings compared to manmade solutions.
Mass Audubon and our partners worked 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. We held interactive workshops to introduce local decision makers to the issues behind climate change and presented solutions for integrating climate adaptation into local land use management, development, and restoration efforts.
Using the tools provided as well as existing resources, community leaders identified vulnerabilities in their own communities and ways to begin addressing them.
The Healthy Communities Project is a partnership among Mass Audubon, Manomet, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, The Nature Conservancy, and the Southeast Region Planning and Economic Development District. A project of the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network, this work is made possible through EPA Healthy Communities Grant #00A00085.