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Taunton River Facts





Quick Watershed Facts

What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land which drains into a particular water body. It includes a river, its tributaries, lakes, ponds, surface and ground water, as well as all of the land within the region. In a watershed, land and water come together in a single ecological system providing usable resources and services to those who live and work within its boundaries.

What is Watershed Management? Watershed management is cooperative, multi community planning and problem solving that aims to improve the quality and use of interconnected water and land in a watershed. Aquatic life, public health, and the economic vitality of the watershed, are impacted by the way resources are used. A large part of watershed management is educating citizens on the causes and sources of pollution and the best methods to improve water quality. Citizens are provided with the opportunity to participate and to contribute to water quality improvements.

The Challenge of Nonpoint Source Pollution. Nonpoint source pollution ~PS) is the main source of water quality and resource problems in Massachusetts. Erosion, urban runoff (fertilizers and insecticides are examples of NPS. These pollutants do not flow from a pipe that can be monitored. Easily identifiable point sources are no longer the prima~ culprit for degrading river water quality. NPS accumulates from many sources and human practices.

The challenge of attacking the cumulative effect of NPS is best met at the subwatershed level through collaboration among citizens, businesses. civic and environmental organizations, technical experts in the field and representatives from local and state governments. Citizens identify their concerns and work with technical experts to design and implement strategies that remedy the problems.


Taunton River Watershed Alliance, Inc.

P.O. Box 146 Bridgewater, MA 02324
Phone: 508-697-5700    Fax: 508-697-3375