With funding from the MassDEP’s s.319 grant program that leverages $100,000 provided by the Town of Conway’s Community Preservation Act Fund, FRCOG helped the town build a priority restoration project on the South River. This project was identified in a MassDEP 604b-funded fluvial geomorphic and habitat assessment project for the South River watershed completed by the FRCOG in 2013.
The project combined bank stabilization measures and the reconnection of the river to a portion of its abandoned floodplain to increase sediment storage and reduce flood flow velocities. Improving access to floodplains is an increasingly important component of river management efforts that are focused on reducing flood damages and restoring ecological complexity along rivers heavily impacted by past human land use.
Kimberly MacPhee, P.G., CFM