FRCOG received a Nonpoint Source Pollution grant through the MA Department of Environmental Protection to develop a Dirt Roads Stormwater Management Toolkit. The toolkit will enable local communities to assess their unpaved roads for erosion and select appropriate stormwater best management practices (BMPs) and right-size culvert drainage. FRCOG will work with the towns of Ashfield and Colrain, as well as Trout Unlimited, to pilot the project. The toolkit will be a resource for communities to improve resiliency of their roadways while at the same time protecting coldwater fisheries in the Deerfield River watershed, and beyond. Work is currently underway to develop a GIS and field assessment methodology.
More information: Kimberly Noake MacPhee at [email protected] or ext. 130.