Workshop to Focus on Health of Taunton River

An October 1 workshop will focus on progress and partnerships concerning the health of the Taunton River watershed.

The health of the Taunton River watershed is critically important thanks to this rivers role in the regional ecosystem, which is home to nearly 700,000 people and hundreds of species of plants and wildlife. It is the second-largest watershed in Massachusetts, spanning 42 towns and 562 square miles, and the largest source of freshwater flowing into Narragansett Bay. It is also the longest undammed tidal river in New England, supporting the most productive herring run in Massachusetts, and flows 40 miles downstream to Mt. Hope Bay.

Because of its outstanding natural, cultural and recreational value, it has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River, which carries with it protections that safeguard its special character while also recognizing the potential for appropriate recreational use and development. A recent analysis by RTWN partner Manomet, and a similar effort by NBEP, found that 30 percent of the watershed consists of unprotected natural lands that are of high priority for both human and ecological resilience. This knowledge creates an opportunity to foster greater preservation efforts in the midst of accelerated urbanization.

WHO:

  • Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) and the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network (RTWN)
  • Event partners: Taunton River Watershed Alliance, Mass Audubon, Save The Bay, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission

WHAT:

 

  • Celebrating our Local Champions Awards, highlighting the importance and impacts of collaboration and recognizing local champions that exemplify NBEPs and RTWNs goals of working through partnerships across organizations, municipalities, states, and disciplines to protect and restore water quality and habitat.

 

WHEN:

Monday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

WHERE:

Fall River Heritage State Park, 6 Central Street, Fall River, Mass. 02720