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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.

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