Massachusetts Stream Crossing Handbook
Safe and stable stream crossings can accommodate wildlife and protect stream health while reducing expensive erosion and structural damage. River continuity works to reduce impediments to movement of fish, wildlife and other aquatic life that require instream passage.
The Stream Crossing Handbook and Poster are designed to inform and educate local decision makers and conservationists about the importance of properly designed stream crossings. The Stream Crossing Standards, as described in the Handbook are required as part of Army Corps of Engineers Programmatic General Permit, and should be used when designing new crossings on perennial streams. Every town Conservation Commission and Department of Public Works has received a copy for their use in permitting, designing and maintaining stream crossings. Please download and share the information, encourage your town to hang the poster, and support the use of the standards in your community.
Massachusetts Stream Crossing Handbook file size 3MB
Massachusetts Stream Crossing Poster file size 2MB
Restoration Economy in Massachusetts
It has long been recognized that healthy ecosystems hold important societal value and that restoration of degraded habitats generates significant benefits for people and the environment. Prior to this study however, the benefits of ecological restoration had not been translated into monetary effects on the Massachusetts economy. To address this information gap, DER initiated a two-phase study in 2011 to begin to estimate the economic value and return on investment of restoration projects in Massachusetts. The goal of the study was to improve our understanding of economic effects and to underpin the qualitative benefits of restoration with quantified dollar value estimates.
Phase 1: Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration in Massachusetts
Phase 1 analyzed the expenditures for four representative projects and entered them into a model of the Massachusetts economy.
Phase 2: Estimates of Ecosystem Service Values from Ecological Restoration Projects in Massachusetts
Phase 2 of the study estimates the economic value of selected ecosystem services improved by DER projects.
Ecosystem Services Report Summary file size 1MB
A quarterly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). If you would like to receive the DER Newsletter, please email the office.
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #19 March, 2014 file size 2MB
Feature Article: Protecting & Restoring Wild Trout and other Fisheries Habitat in the North and South Rivers Watershed
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #18 December, 2013 file size 1MB
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #17 October, 2013 file size 2MB
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #16 June, 2013
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #15 March, 2013 file size 1MB
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #14 December, 2012 file size 2MB
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #13 August, 2012 file size 1MB
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #12 April, 2012 file size 1MB
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #11 January, 2012 file size 1MB
An executive summary of the Division of Ecological Restoration's mission, five-year strategic goals and key initiatives.
DER Annual Reports
DER Annual Report 2013 file size 2MB
DER Annual Report 2012 file size 6MB
DER Annual Report 2011 file size 2MB
DER Annual Report 2010 file size 3MB
DER Annual Report 2009 file size 1MB