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
Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration in Massachusetts
Ecological restoration project like dam removal, culvert replacement and wetland fill removal are designed to have the most ecological bang for the buck. Every aspect of the engineering, design, implementation, and monitoring is coordinated to have the biggest impact on the natural processes that have been degraded in our state's wetlands and waterways. The results are healthy fisheries, clean water, and more resilient ecosystems.
Of course, people also benefit from reduced risk from failing structures, improved flood resistance, and new recreation opportunities. Ecological restoration also means putting people to work. These projects rely on effort from professionals representing a number of sectors from non-profit to engineering and construction. And as those businesses hum along through the project process, their work generates economic activity in a number of support sectors. With restoration projects happening all over Massachusetts, we have truly developed our own "Restoration Economy". To get a better picture of the direct and indirect economic impacts from our work, we analyzed the expenditures for four representative projects and entered them into a model of the Massachusetts economy. What this showed is that each ecological restoration generates up to 12 full-time jobs and a 75% return on investment per million dollars spent. These results are consistent with results from similar studies from Massachusetts and other parts of the U.S.
An quarterly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). If you would like to receive the DER Newsletter, please email the office.
Feature Article: Removing River Roadblocks
Feature Article: Wetland restoration to begin soon at Tidmarsh Farms, Plymouth - Project will benefit the environment and local economy
Feature Article: Restoring Swedish Fish Habitat
Feature Article: DER Utilizes High Resolution LiDAR Elevation Data to Assess Feasibility and Design Coastal Wetland Restoration Projects
An executive summary of the Division of Ecological Restoration's mission, five-year strategic goals and key initiatives.
DER Annual Reports
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