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Restoring eelgrass to the Neponset River Estuary

Restoring eelgrass to the Neponset River Estuary

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  1. Restoring eelgrass to the Neponset River Estuary Watershed Characteristics October 15, 2012

  2. Outline • Watershed & sub-watershed area • Land use/Land Cover • Surficial Geology/Bedrock Lithology • Wastewater Infrastructure • Aquatic Habitat

  3. Watershed Definition • The area of land that drains into a body of water • “Communities connected by water” http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/whatis.cfm

  4. The watershed: • Boston • Canton • Dedham • Dover • Foxborough • Medfield • Milton • Norwood • Randolph • Quincy • Sharon • Stoughton • Walpole • Westwood 130 sq. miles

  5. Land Use Huang & Chen 2009

  6. Impervious Surfaces Schueler 1992

  7. Impervious Surfaces

  8. Surficial Geology OLIVER: MassGIS

  9. Bedrock Lithology OLIVER: MassGIS

  10. Wastewater infrastructure NepRWA 2004

  11. Aquatic Habitat

  12. Aquatic Habitat

  13. Open Space

  14. Recommendations • Continued monitoring of land use changes over time to understand and predict ecological consequences incurred by sensitive habitats • Investigate the relationship between bedrock lithology, surficial geology, and groundwater features • Survey wastewater infrastructure of municipals in the watershed and assess the overall status of these systems • Investigate dry deposition processes affecting the Neponset River Watershed

  15. References Huang W, Chen RF (2009) Sources and transformations of chromophoric dissolved organic matter in the Neponset River Watershed. Journal of Geophysical Research 114:G00F05 Neponset River Watershed Association (2004) Neponset River Watershed 2004 Assessment Report. University of Massachusetts, Urban Harbors Institute. http://www.neponset.org/BasinPlan/Low%20Resolution/NeponsetAssessLoRes.pdf> Schueler TR (1992) Mitigating the adverse impacts of urbanization on streams: A comprehensive strategy for local government. Watershed Restoration Sourcebook, Publication 92701:21-31