Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership

In 2013, the Partnership released a list of 50 recommended actions to protect and restore the region’s resources over the long term. In October 2014 the Steering Committee identified four priority areas for PIE-Rivers to focus on in the near-term (2015-2016). These priority areas directly address 12 of the original 50 actions.

In the table below is a list of 50 recommended actions outlined by the PIE-Rivers Steering Committee designed to protect and restore the region’s resources. These actions have been organized into one of six “toolkits” (or types of action) based on the nature of the suggested effort.

Toolkit Descriptions

  • Community Involvement: Focus on education, outreach and partnership-building efforts that will increase restoration capacity.
  • Restoration Science and Prioritization: Research and survey work to ensure that restoration approaches and prioritization are based on science.
  • Monitoring and Technical Support: Includes monitoring of ecological conditions and restoration progress. Also includes technical tools and support for municipalities and other entities to implement critical restoration measures.
  • Integrated Water Management: Focus on integrated water management, including drinking water, stormwater and wastewater issues. Includes systemic and policy initiatives to improve water management locally and at the state level.
  • Land Protection and Management: Deals with land acquisition, zoning, land management, and land use issues that influence aquatic systems.
  • Habitat Restoration: Physical habitat and ecosystem restoration projects

Please explore the recommended actions in this table – the actions can be searched, filtered and sorted. Click on any action in the table to learn more details about the action including implementation progress, involved partners, related projects and opportunities to get involved. You may also download the complete printed action plan in, Restoration Priorities for the Parker, Ipswich and Essex River Watersheds (February 2013) in pdf format.

Action #NameToolkitNear-Term PriorityProjects
1Water Conservation OutreachCommunity InvolvementWater Conservation2
2Expand PIE-RiversCommunity InvolvementNo0
3Citizen StewardshipCommunity InvolvementNo0
4Water Quality OutreachCommunity InvolvementNo1
5Promote Low Impact DevelopmentCommunity InvolvementNo1
6Local Flow AwarenessCommunity InvolvementNo0
7Promote RestorationCommunity InvolvementNo1
8Identify Target Audiences for Expanded OutreachCommunity InvolvementNo0
9Link Ecosystem and EconomicsCommunity InvolvementNo0
10Support Solutions for Regional/Global IssuesCommunity InvolvementNo1
11Prioritize Conservation LandRestoration Science and PrioritizationLand Conservation and Protection1
12Prioritize Aquatic BarriersRestoration Science and PrioritizationRiver and Stream Continuity4
13Identify Factors Limiting Aquatic SpeciesRestoration Science and PrioritizationNo1
14Identify Water Quality ProblemsRestoration Science and PrioritizationNo2
15Identify Stormwater PrioritiesRestoration Science and PrioritizationStormwater and MS4 Support1
16Prioritize Degraded HabitatsRestoration Science and PrioritizationNo1
17Assess Climate Change VulnerabilityRestoration Science and PrioritizationNo3
18Research Water Conservation Economic DriversRestoration Science and PrioritizationNo0
19Develop Bird Conservation StrategyRestoration Science and PrioritizationNo0
20Assess Estuarine Habitat LimitationRestoration Science and PrioritizationNo3
21Research Stormwater Capture and StorageRestoration Science and PrioritizationNo0
22Provide MS4 SupportMonitoring and Technical SupportStormwater and MS4 Support1
23Monitor Aquatic SpeciesMonitoring and Technical SupportNo1
24Develop River Health IndexMonitoring and Technical SupportNo0
25Identify Ecological Restoration TargetsMonitoring and Technical SupportNo0
26Monitor Invasive SpeciesMonitoring and Technical SupportNo1
27Provide Stewardship ToolsMonitoring and Technical SupportNo2
28Monitor River FlowMonitoring and Technical SupportNo2
29Address Estuarine Pollution SourcesMonitoring and Technical SupportNo2
30Provide Mapping Technical SupportMonitoring and Technical SupportNo0
31Incentivize Water ConservationIntegrated Water ManagementWater Conservation0
32Create Model Municipal Integrated Water Resources Management ProgramIntegrated Water ManagementWater Conservation0
33Upgrade Stormwater SystemsIntegrated Water ManagementStormwater and MS4 Support1
34Limit Water Withdrawals from Sensitive AreasIntegrated Water ManagementNo0
35Develop Water Conservation ProgramIntegrated Water ManagementWater Conservation0
36Identify Water Protection GapsIntegrated Water ManagementNo0
37Implement Economic Water Management ToolsIntegrated Water ManagementNo0
38Water Resources LegislationIntegrated Water ManagementNo0
39Regional Land Protection and Conservation PlanLand Protection and ManagementLand Conservation and Protection5
40Improve Land Use BylawsLand Protection and ManagementNo0
41Improve Conservation Land StewardshipLand Protection and ManagementLand Conservation and Protection0
42Protect Drinking Water SourcesLand Protection and ManagementNo0
43Control Invasive SpeciesLand Protection and ManagementNo5
44Remove Migration and Flow BarriersHabitat RestorationRiver and Stream Continuity10
45Implement Additional Aquatic Species Restoration MeasuresHabitat RestorationNo0
46Implement Demonstration Restoration ProjectsHabitat RestorationNo1
47Restore Vegetative Buffers and FloodplainsHabitat RestorationNo2
48Restore Salt MarshesHabitat RestorationNo6
49Restore Priority Degraded HabitatHabitat RestorationNo0
50Restore Estuarine Habitat ConditionsHabitat RestorationNo1