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.

 

Final Project Report

The Plympton project team compiled their results in a final report titled "Building a Municipal Resilience Portfolio: Assessment of Critical Land in the Winnextuxet River Corridor in Plympton."

Link to report

Project Overview

December 30, 2020:

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

Presentation

Presentation 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 and sixth workshops discussed key bylaw revisions that bolster resilience, as well as how to use the MAS Bylaw Review Tool. 

Details

Presentation

Presentation 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
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

Field Days / Work

Over the course of this project, staff members conducted field work and meetings. Learn more about those days from the links below. 

Link to Plympton Forestry and Bog Site Visit Documentation

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

Video to Support Open Space Acquisition

Open Space and Green Infrastructure

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.