Taunton River Watershed

Canoe River Aquifer Pilot Project

Protecting Our Communities with Nature Based Solutions 


SNEP Network partners are assisting the Towns of Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton, and Sharon, Massachusetts to enhance the protection of the Canoe River Aquifer using Nature Based Solutions, or NBS. What does this mean? In brief, it means using natural soil, wetlands, plants, and trees to protect our water supply, improve water quality, expand wildlife habitat, and promote climate resiliency. Through the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, all five towns have collectively identified over 200 localized projects to address the impacts of climate change and natural hazards. The goal of this project was to narrow that down to a smaller list of prioritized projects that we can help advocate for implementation funding.

Based on public input and working with individual towns to understand their priorities to address roadway and property flooding, habitat restoration, and water quality, among other climate impacts, these hundreds of projects have been narrowed down to 16 clusters of projects.

Learn more about the key findings, lessons learned, and next steps for the project by reading the Canoe River Aquifer Case Study: Canoe River Aquifer resilience protection through regional applications of nature based solutions. 

Prioritized project lists now available

While all the projects identified by the five towns are important, these 16 clusters of prioritized projects can provide multiple benefits for people, water, wildlife, the natural environment, and more! Together they can help improve water quality, reduce flooding, provide habitat, protect against drought, and provide beautiful places to explore outdoors for generations to come.

Click Here to explore a map and learn more about each project.

Project Links

Canoe River Aquifer Story Map

Learn more about the project by scrolling through the StoryMap below or by using this link