Saving Land, Water, and Money in the Blackstone River Watershed

The Blackstone River watershed spans 545 square miles and encompasses thousands of acres of rivers, ponds, lakes, and reservoirs. It’s also heavily impacted by stormwater due to extensive development in the region. Mass Audubon, the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC), Horsley Witten Group, Inc., and the Blackstone River Coalition teamed up to assist communities in the Blackstone watershed with:

  • Fact sheets and case studies illustrating success stories in reducing nutrient loads while making economic progress.
  • Workshops that explain what LID and green infrastructure are and how to successfully and cost effectively implement them.
  • A competitive technical assistance program

Putting natural systems like soils and vegetation to work reduce the need for traditional and often expensive infrastructure to treat and manage stormwater.

How This Project Helps Communities

The Shaping program is working in several areas of Massachusetts to help communities understand and implement Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure techniques. Learn more about why LID, why it’s important, and some resources on Saving Land, Water, and Money.

Green Infrastructure and LID provide practical methods to:

  • Minimize costs of development and local infrastructure maintenance (e.g. roads and stormwater)
  • Reduce flooding
  • Improve water quality
  • Protect and restore natural features that improve quality of life and property values

The benefits extend both locally and to downstream communities and the information found here is applicable throughout Massachusetts and beyond.


Project Overview & Introduction to LID

Learn about the issues we’re tackling as well as solutions. Introduces the project, team, and what we’re offering to the Blackstone watershed communities and beyond.

LID Fact Sheets 

A series of five fact sheets on how LID can help communities save land, water, and money.

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Analysis framework for reviewing local bylaws and regulations to encourage LID in your community

Sample Workshop Presentation

Our Partners

This project was completed in collaboration with our partners below:

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This project was funded by an agreement (CE96184201) awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission on behalf of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program.