In recent years more people have begun
to understand the important connection between protecting our natural
resources and maintaining good public health and quality of life.
We have also begun to understand that protection of these valuable
resources requires stewardship that transcends town boundaries;
protection must be accomplished watershed by watershed.
The Massachusetts Watershed Initiative (MWI) from
1994-2003 was a broad partnership of state and federal agencies,
conservation organizations, businesses, community officials and
individuals. Watershed Teams, made up of representatives of governmental
agencies and community partners (non-profit organizations, community
boards, and businesses), coordinated the watershed protection efforts
in each of the 27 major watersheds of Massachusetts.
The purpose of broad stakeholder involvement was to
enable Watershed Teams to work with local groups, such as stream
teams and community officials, so that local concerns can be recognized
as Teams conduct their activities. This kind of partnership between
state and local people who care about the quality of the water they
use for drinking and recreation is fundamental to a healthy and
enjoyable environment for all people in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Watershed Initiative Goals:
- Healthy Ecosystems and Biological Diversity
- Clean and Plentiful Water for People and Wildlife
- Protected Open Space
- Improve Public Access and Balanced Resource Use
- Shared Responsibility for Watershed Protection
Through the development and implementation of this
5 Year Action Plan, actions recommended in each of the sub-basins
achieve the greater goals as noted above. See the Action
Plan Matrix and Sub-Basin
Profiles and Maps for specific projects and greater