The Franklin Regional Council of Governments conducted a comprehensive assessment of the South River, North River, and the Massachusetts portion of the East Branch of the North River to provide information on the causes of erosion, channel instability, and habitat degradation. This assessment included a geomorphic study that resulted in the development of conceptual restoration designs for several highest-ranked priority sites and final designs and cost estimates for the highest ranked restoration priority site. In order to inform the development of projects that seek to benefit both landowner property and river health, an assessment of river habitat and fish communities was performed as an attendant study to the geomorphic assessment. This study serves as a benchmark for future evaluations of both the potential success of restoration efforts, as well as of any further degradation.
These reports detail the methods, findings, and recommendations of this study.