Taunton River Watershed
The Taunton River Watershed Pilot Project
Assistance is being provided to local communities in developing a scope of work focused on building on the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network’s prior investments, which will begin demonstrative project implementation in 2020 – 2021
About the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network (RTWN)
Formed in 2014, the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network (RTWN) is a collaboration of local, non-profit, regional organizations, and state and federal government representatives who care about the future health and resilience of the Taunton River Watershed and believe that ecological and economic resilience go hand in hand. This diverse partnership of stakeholders are working together to leverage and share information, resources, and tools to protect existing natural resources, reduce flooding, promote restoration, and develop sustainably.
RTWN offers the following resources to assist and educate municipal officials in meeting their own local goals while maintaining a watershed perspective:
- Resilience Roundtables – facilitated cross community conversations to discuss cost effective solutions to issues you define, such as flooding or culvert upgrades
- Municipal Training Programs
- Mapping and planning tools
- Assistance identifying ways to meet regulations such as MS4 and the Water Management Act
- Community Resilience Self Assessment
- Prioritizing culvert replacements and redesign /modification for safety, fish passage, flood reduction
- Assistance in pursuing funding opportunities
- Peer review of development proposals
- Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Provider services
RTWN has received funding from several SNEP grants, in addition to funding from state and private programs, to fund this work. A current SNEP Watershed Grant is funding peer-to-peer training opportunities throughout the watershed and beyond, so the RTWN model of collaborative partnership can be shared throughout the region. RTWN is getting ready to launch a database of restoration projects from throughout the watershed and an associated GIS map and is working with several communities to review their bylaws and regulations to encourage nature-based solutions that improve climate resiliency.
In another project underway, RTWN is collaborating with The Assawompset Ponds Complex Management Team, the Towns of Lakeville, Middleborough, Freetown, Rochester, Taunton and New Bedford, and Horsley Witten Group, Inc., with funding from the MA Division of Ecological Restoration, to develop a Floodwater Management Plan for the Assawompset Ponds Complex.
You can find some good case studies of completed projects on their website, at http://srpedd.org/rtwn.