Assisting with Next Steps for the Assawompset Ponds Complex

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Photo Credit: Kevin Ham, SRPEDD

The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District of Massachusetts (SRPEDD) was awarded technical assistance through the SNEP Network’s call for participants for a climate resiliency project located within the Assawompset Ponds Complex. Located in the Massachusetts towns of Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough, Rochester, and the Assawompset Ponds Complex is an important natural resource providing public drinking water to the region, wildlife habitat and recreation.

The SNEP Network is supporting ongoing efforts to address flooding issues and improve climate resilience across the watershed by funding a hydraulic and hydrologic (H&H) study of the upper Nemasket River, into which the ponds flow. The H&H study will assist local decision-makers to evaluate potential restoration projects, create conceptual designs to best meet environmental needs, and utilize available funding for resource protection, restoration, and adaptation. SNEP partners of Mass Audubon, The Nature Conservancy of MA, and Kimberly Groff Consulting, along with consultants from the Horsley Witten Group, will provide technical assistance to SRPEDD and the Assawompset Ponds communities.

SNEP Network Partner, Mass Audubon, recently published a blog that details the collaborative planning efforts with regional partners in Southeastern Massachusetts that have built the foundation for the current project.

Read Mass Audubon’s Blog:
https://blogs.massaudubon.org/politicallandscapes/planning-for-climate-resilience-in-southeastern-massachusetts/

Visit SRPEDD’s webpage about the Assawompset Ponds Complex H&H Study:
https://srpedd.org/comprehensive-planning/environment/watershed-planning/assawompset-ponds-complex-and-nemasket-river-watershed-planning/#Nemasket-River-Community-Outreach” 

Map of the Assawompset Ponds Complex and the Nemasket River