Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Planning

Winnetuxet Watershed Resilience Portfolio

Approaching land preservation by prioritizing lands with inherent resilience to climate change.

Project Timeline

The project will progress along a series of topical workshops. The workshop schedule is presented below. As they occur, workshop presentations and recordings are posted.

Project Overview

December 30, 2020:

The project team introduced the goals and objectives of the process. 


Meeting Recording

Upcoming workshops include the THE PLYMPTON WINNETUXET MVP PROJECT PUBLIC PRESENTATION SERIES on March 18, 2021, 6:30 PM which will discuss the role of changing key bylaws to bolster resilience

Resilient Bylaw Reform - 04/22 and 05/27

The fifth workshop will discuss key bylaw revisions that bolster resilience, as well as how to use the MAS Bylaw Review Tool. 

Link to details available here

Link to workshop presentation here

Link to meeting recording here

Resilience Services Provided by Land

Our communities can be less vulnerable and more responsive to climate change impacts by utilizing and enhancing the resilience built into certain lands, as described below:

Water Quality

Forests and wetlands, particularly those above certain aquifers, have a significant role in maintaining water quality.

Flood Storage and Stormwater Infiltration

Wetlands and floodplain areas are key for the passage and in-take of floodwaters during major storms. Naturalized areas without impervious surface reduce stormwater runoff and promote water recharge during rain events.

Carbon Sequestration

Undisturbed forests, and particularly undisturbed soils, sequester a tremendous amount of carbon, assisting in the control of green house gases. 

For the contributions of forest and wetlands/waterways across all four of these resilience dimensions, see the fact sheets below from Mass Audubon:

Project Area

While we are focusing in on target properties along the Winnetuxet in Plympton, the project is impactful for the entire Winnetuxed River Watershed area, shown in the map below.