Mass. Municipal Watershed Management—Case Study

by Warren E. Archey, Massachusetts, Cooperative Extension, Service, Pittsfield, MA, USA,
Joseph C. Mawson, Massachusetts, Cooperative Extension, Service, Pittsfield, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Management in the Eighties


Most of the estimated 200,000 acres of municipally-owned watershed land in Massachusetts currently suffers from a lack of wise, multiple-use forest management which has resulted in lost opportunities to augment water quantity and in most instances, has resulted in lost income. The economic benefits resulting from such controlled harvests of forests products are capable of offsetting the cost of acquiring services from a forest manager. In this instance, the forest may be regarded as principal, the annual growth likened to interest and the interest either used to offset the municipal tax rate or reinvested in the forest with a predictable rate of return. The University of Massachusetts Extension Service 'Municipal Watershed Management Project' has taken the form of a series of demonstrations which yielded data over a wide array of watershed situations.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Watersheds | Project management | Water supply | Case studies | Economic factors | Managers | Local government | Massachusetts | United States

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