The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is partnering with the Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) to host a forum highlighting some options to secure funding assistance for municipal culvert replacement projects. The free event will be held on October 30, 2019 from 2-4 pm, at the JW Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield. The forum will highlight the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, MassDOT Small Bridge Program, MEMA/FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants and the DER Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance (CRMA) Grant Program, as well as other state and federal funding sources. Please contact Brian Kelder (firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-626-1541) for more information.
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The Town of Erving’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click here to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Erving MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Erving Select Board meeting on March 25th at 6:35 pm at Erving Town Hall. Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from March 18th through April 1st. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or submit them online at www.erving-ma.gov/emergency-management/pages/municipal-vulnerability-preparedness.
You may also mail comments to:
Franklin Regional Council of Governments
12 Olive Street, Suite 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
Attention: Kimberly Noake MacPhee
A Framework for Resilience is the first watershed-based climate change resiliency plan in the Commonwealth. The Deerfield River Watershed includes all or a portion of fourteen Franklin County towns: Ashfield, Buckland, Bernardston, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne. A watershed can provide a framework for understanding the interconnectedness of natural systems and the built environment as well as how climate change stressors can affect several towns simultaneously. FRCOG’s report provides the 14 towns of the Deerfield River Watershed with information about how the climate change stressors – Changes in Precipitation, Rising Temperatures and Extreme Weather – will likely impact three important sectors – Natural Resources & Habitat, Human Health & Welfare, and Local Economy & Infrastructure. The recommendations described in FRCOG’s Plan were designed to be:
- Achievable (within the power of towns and individuals to implement);
- Address multiple climate stressors and benefit multiple sectors; and
- Build resiliency at multiple scales (property, town, and watershed).
The reality of private land holdings and fourteen town boundaries in the Deerfield River Watershed require watershed-scale approaches to climate resiliency. Working in partnership with their watershed neighbors, towns can build a coalition of resilience that improves not only the climate resiliency of each watershed town, but over time, creates a more resilient Deerfield River Watershed. FRCOG will be reaching out to stakeholders and convening a Resilient Deerfield River Watershed (Resilient DRW) coalition to work across town boundaries to build resiliency at the watershed scale. This project was completed with grant funding received from the Baker-Polito administration’s FY17 Community Compact Program’s Efficiency & Regionalization Grant Program. For further information contact Kimberly Noake MacPhee at email@example.com.
Reports of High Risk Stream Crossings in the Deerfield River Watershed are now available. The information in the reports and maps is from a pilot project completed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) that assessed the vulnerability of road-stream crossings to precipitation events. FRCOG planning staff compiled this information for each Franklin County town within the watershed as part of the FY18 Franklin Region Unified Planning Work Program. The purpose of the maps and reports are to help municipal officials and public works staff prioritize bridge and culvert upgrades in their town. The reports also provide information on how to make road-stream upgrades more resilient to current and projected precipitation conditions, and lists potential funding sources for upgrading crossings. The town reports are available here.
The Town of Erving was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s new Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program to complete a climate change vulnerability assessment, develop resiliency strategies, and update the town’s FEMA-approved Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The town will be working with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) on this project. Communities that complete the MVP designation planning process become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action grant funding to implement priority projects.
Erving and FRCOG are hosting a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Community Resilience Building Workshop to help town staff, volunteers, residents, and businesses define top local natural and climate-related hazards of concern, identify existing and future strengths and vulnerabilities, and identify and prioritize actions and projects the Town can implement to increase climate change resilience.
The MVP Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Erving Senior & Community Center, located at 1 Care Drive in Erving. Residents, business owners, and stakeholders are invited to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Bryan Smith, Erving Administrative Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 26th.
For more information regarding the MVP planning process contact: Kimberly Noake MacPhee, Land Use & Natural Resources Program Manager, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, email@example.com or 413-774-3167 x130.
In conjunction with the Deerfield Tree Inventory project, students from the Conway School of Landscape Design conducted a town-wide ecological assessment, assessing the role of trees in climate change resilience. Read Ecological Resilience in Deerfield: Trees As Living Infrastructure.
The Deerfield Tree Inventory project was funded by a MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant. As part of this project, FRCOG planning staff inventoried public trees, analyzed findings and prepared a tree planting and maintenance plan. This project builds upon the 2016 Tree Inventory conducted by the FRCOG and includes data gathered in 2016. The Deerfield Tree Inventory report will be released in June 2018.
The Conway School of Landscape Design partnered with the FRCOG to re-imagine the parking lot and rail yard behind the Salmon Falls Gallery in Buckland in fall of 2017. David Grist, Conway School student, conducted extensive analysis and design. View his findings and recommendations in this plan set: Rail yard-plan set-FRCOG-final comp.
A page from David Grist’s final plan set:
The Town of Charlemont’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on this link to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Charlemont MVP public meeting on June 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., located at the Charlemont Town Hall at 157 Main Street. Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 13 to June 27. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also mail comments to:
Franklin Regional Council of Governments
12 Olive Street, Suite 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
Attention: Pat Smith
Montague MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment
The Town of Montague’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on the link below to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Montague MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Montague Select Board meeting on Monday, June 18 at 7:15 p.m., located at the Montague Town Hall, Second Floor. Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from May 24 to June 18. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to Walter Ramsey, Montague Town Planner, at email@example.com. You may also mail comments to:
Town of Montague
One Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Attention: Walter Ramsey