SRPEDD's Environmental Program works to preserve the region's healthy ecosystems, natural features and important parkland resources. Our work program also focuses on planning for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
We recognize the benefits that come to our communities from the proper and unimpeded functioning of our richly varied landscapes. When wetlands absorb floodwaters, when healthy forests sequester carbon, when we are fed by local agricultural lands managed for long-term soil health, and when recreating in natural areas soothes our psyches and reaffirms our spirit, our environment is performing essential services. We strive to enhance our region's natural vitality and strengthen the ability of our landscapes to perform these and other significant functions.
Our work program includes a number of activities including farmland preservation, open space planning, storm water runoff mitigation (with our GRRIP program) and planning for climate change. We are proud that SRPEDD was instrumental in getting the Taunton River designated as a Wild and Scenic Resource by the National Park Service. In this and many other efforts, our approach emphasizes working with partners and local champions, so that we are planning "with you, not at you" as your community articulates and implements its environmental stewardship needs.