Technical Resources

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 pdf format of    Massachusetts Stream Crossing Handbook  file size 3MB

Massachusetts Stream Crossing Poster pdf format of    Massachusetts Stream Crossing Poster  file size 2MB

Restoration Economy in Massachusetts

 

Economic Restoration Reports

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. 

Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration in Massachusetts pdf format of    Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration in MA  file size 1MB

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 pdf format of    Ecosystem Services Report Summary  file size 1MB

Ecosystem Services Full Report pdf format of    Ecosystem Services Full Report

Newsletters

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 pdf format of    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

Past Newsletters

2013

Ebb and Flow Newsletter #18 December, 2013 pdf format of    Ebb and Flow Newsletter #18 December, 2013  file size 1MB 
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #17 October, 2013 pdf format of    Ebb and Flow Newsletter #17 October, 2013  file size 2MB 
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #16 June, 2013 pdf format of    Ebb and Flow Newsletter #16 June, 2013   
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #15 March, 2013 pdf format of    Ebb and Flow Newsletter #15  file size 1MB

2012

Ebb and Flow Newsletter #14 December, 2012 pdf format of    Ebb and Flow Newsletter #14, December, 2012  file size 2MB  
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #13 August, 2012 pdf format of    Ebb and Flow Newsletter #13 August, 2012  file size 1MB  
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #12 April, 2012 pdf format of    Ebb and Flow Newsletter #12 April, 2012  file size 1MB
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #11 January, 2012 pdf format of    Ebb and Flow Newsletter #11 January, 2012  file size 1MB

 

Strategic Plan

DER Strategic Plan pdf format of    DER Strategic Plan Summary

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 pdf format of    DER Annual Report 2013  file size 2MB

DER Annual Report 2012 pdf format of    DER Annual Report 2012  file size 6MB

DER Annual Report 2011 pdf format of    der_annual_report_2011.pdf  file size 2MB

DER Annual Report 2010 pdf format of    der_annual_report_2010.pdf  file size 3MB

DER Annual Report 2009 pdf format of    annual.report.09.draft8.pdf  file size 1MB