The Conservancy is working with UMass to create a computer model that identifies the best places for animals like turtles and river otters to move through the labyrinth of human development. Read a story and watch videos about the project.
Women & Water: Kim Lutz
Connecticut River Program Director Kim Lutz explains the challenges of reconnecting one of North America’s most dammed rivers.
Massachusetts’ intricate network of rivers and streams delivers the lifeblood of fresh water to cities and towns across the state. They give us drinking water and absorb floodwaters, provide nutrients to the sea and to our farmlands, generate energy and offer scenic spots to fish, boat and swim—all while sustaining myriad natural communities.
In our efforts over time to grow crops, expand cities, generate electricity and keep floods at bay, we have thrown many of these systems out of balance, disrupting connections and impairing the ability of our waters and lands to support life and livelihoods.
The Nature Conservancy has a vision to restore and sustain fresh waters in Massachusetts and ensure that they will continue to support the people, plants and animals that depend on them. With your help, we can turn that vision into reality and use science to create alternatives to destructive and wasteful ways of using water.
Our Freshwater Conservation Solutions
Because headwater streams, river corridors and water-supply lands sometimes overlap, the Conservancy estimates that we, our conservation partners, the state and private landowners can achieve these goals by protecting 750,000 acres of land, reconnecting 5,000 miles of stream, protecting and restoring flows and minimizing the impact of future development.
Water 2020: A Shared Vision for Massachusetts
The Nature Conservancy has collaborated with more than 50 watershed groups to create a shared plan for achieving sustainable water management in Massachusetts by the year 2020. Explore the actions that will secure a healthy future for our waters. (pdf, 1 MB)
Q&A with Alison Bowden
Alison Bowden, Freshwater Program director in Massachusetts, talks about keeping rivers connected, flowing and forested.
River Voices: Marilyn and Jay Sarles
Through their experiences, Marilyn and Jay Sarles have learned that people can be a force that weakens our rivers’ vital natural processes — or a force that keeps them working. Learn why the Sarles support the Conservancy’s efforts.
Three Ways We Work With Dams
The Conservancy has developed 3 creative solutions to restore the health of rivers below dams while also meeting the needs of people.