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MassDEP announces the launch of a new Massachusetts Clean Water Tool Kit website

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announces the launch of a new Massachusetts Clean Water Tool Kit website, which serves as the state’s primary public education resource related to nonpoint source pollution.

The Toolkit includes sections focused on the major categories of nonpoint source pollution, 127 fact sheets on best management practices to reduce pollution, and a collection of “Interactive Scenarios” based on Massachusetts landscapes.

The Interactive Scenarios allow users to explore ways to reduce pollution and improve water quality in a variety of highly detailed landscapes that are typical in Massachusetts, including residential, agricultural, urban, roads, construction, and shoreline restoration. 

To view the Clean Water Toolkit, go to http://prj.geosyntec.com/npsmanual.  For more information, contact Malcolm Harper at Malcolm.harper[at]state.ma[dot]us .

WRIP project in the news
Putting New England's Drought in perspective newspaper article

UMass Geosciences researcher David Boutt is establishing a high-resolution map and a database of natural chemical signatures – hydrogen and oxygen isotopes found in surface water, precipitation and groundwater – to better understand the isotopic composition of waters in the state and how groundwater is changing as a result of human activities. This project was made possible by a Water Resources Research Institutes grant from USGS, administered by the Ma. Water Resources Research Center. Our research fellow Travis Drury is working with Dr. Boutt on this project. Read more...

WRRC Joins Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign to Raise Awareness About Vulnerable Infrastructure Systems.
1.2 million miles of US water mains translates to 26 miles of pipes for every mile of interstate highway. And, while the interstate system was built in the late 20th century, many of the water systems that country’s biggest cities rely on were built in the 1800s or early 1900s. That network is aging, and we need to take action before it gets worse.
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