Shaping Climate Resilient Communities — Current & Recent Projects

Participants in the field during a training focused on culverts in the Taunton watershed

Services provided by Shaping Climate Resilient Communities include workshops, advice, and technical assistance for residents, municipal officials, and businesses in the fastest growing parts of Massachusetts.

We invite you to learn more about our current and recent grant-funded community projects.

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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?

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Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP)

Mass Audubon provides support for municipalities through the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program, which assists communities in addressing the challenges of climate change and prioritizing actions to create a safer and more resilient future.

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The Value of Nature

Beyond nature's intrinsic value, it also provides many benefits to people. Whether filtering our air and water, absorbing carbon emissions that would otherwise contribute to climate change, or providing recreational opportunities that benefit local economies as well as physical and mental health, our ecosystems are inherently tied to our well-being.

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Resilience Through Natural Landscapes

Resilience in the MetroWest Region
We have received a grant from the Foundation for MetroWest to assist Hudson and other MetroWest communities to protect and restore natural water balance and water quality through resilient landscapes. Through technical assistance and community education programs, we hope to increase awareness and adoption of cost-effective and practical ways to use native plants and natural landscaping to improve water quality and climate resilience.

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.

Low Impact Development (LID) Projects

Saving Land, Money, & 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 (LID) that works with nature rather than against it.

Saving Land, Money, & Water in the 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.

LID Outreach & Tours 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.

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.

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