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.
- 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 #||Name||Toolkit||Near-Term Priority||Projects|
|1||Water Conservation Outreach||Community Involvement||Water Conservation||2|
|2||Expand PIE-Rivers||Community Involvement||No||0|
|3||Citizen Stewardship||Community Involvement||No||0|
|4||Water Quality Outreach||Community Involvement||No||1|
|5||Promote Low Impact Development||Community Involvement||No||1|
|6||Local Flow Awareness||Community Involvement||No||0|
|7||Promote Restoration||Community Involvement||No||1|
|8||Identify Target Audiences for Expanded Outreach||Community Involvement||No||0|
|9||Link Ecosystem and Economics||Community Involvement||No||0|
|10||Support Solutions for Regional/Global Issues||Community Involvement||No||1|
|11||Prioritize Conservation Land||Restoration Science and Prioritization||Land Conservation and Protection||1|
|12||Prioritize Aquatic Barriers||Restoration Science and Prioritization||River and Stream Continuity||4|
|13||Identify Factors Limiting Aquatic Species||Restoration Science and Prioritization||No||1|
|14||Identify Water Quality Problems||Restoration Science and Prioritization||No||2|
|15||Identify Stormwater Priorities||Restoration Science and Prioritization||Stormwater and MS4 Support||1|
|16||Prioritize Degraded Habitats||Restoration Science and Prioritization||No||1|
|17||Assess Climate Change Vulnerability||Restoration Science and Prioritization||No||3|
|18||Research Water Conservation Economic Drivers||Restoration Science and Prioritization||No||0|
|19||Develop Bird Conservation Strategy||Restoration Science and Prioritization||No||0|
|20||Assess Estuarine Habitat Limitation||Restoration Science and Prioritization||No||3|
|21||Research Stormwater Capture and Storage||Restoration Science and Prioritization||No||0|
|22||Provide MS4 Support||Monitoring and Technical Support||Stormwater and MS4 Support||1|
|23||Monitor Aquatic Species||Monitoring and Technical Support||No||1|
|24||Develop River Health Index||Monitoring and Technical Support||No||0|
|25||Identify Ecological Restoration Targets||Monitoring and Technical Support||No||0|
|26||Monitor Invasive Species||Monitoring and Technical Support||No||1|
|27||Provide Stewardship Tools||Monitoring and Technical Support||No||2|
|28||Monitor River Flow||Monitoring and Technical Support||No||2|
|29||Address Estuarine Pollution Sources||Monitoring and Technical Support||No||2|
|30||Provide Mapping Technical Support||Monitoring and Technical Support||No||0|
|31||Incentivize Water Conservation||Integrated Water Management||Water Conservation||0|
|32||Create Model Municipal Integrated Water Resources Management Program||Integrated Water Management||Water Conservation||0|
|33||Upgrade Stormwater Systems||Integrated Water Management||Stormwater and MS4 Support||1|
|34||Limit Water Withdrawals from Sensitive Areas||Integrated Water Management||No||0|
|35||Develop Water Conservation Program||Integrated Water Management||Water Conservation||0|
|36||Identify Water Protection Gaps||Integrated Water Management||No||0|
|37||Implement Economic Water Management Tools||Integrated Water Management||No||0|
|38||Water Resources Legislation||Integrated Water Management||No||0|
|39||Regional Land Protection and Conservation Plan||Land Protection and Management||Land Conservation and Protection||5|
|40||Improve Land Use Bylaws||Land Protection and Management||No||0|
|41||Improve Conservation Land Stewardship||Land Protection and Management||Land Conservation and Protection||0|
|42||Protect Drinking Water Sources||Land Protection and Management||No||0|
|43||Control Invasive Species||Land Protection and Management||No||5|
|44||Remove Migration and Flow Barriers||Habitat Restoration||River and Stream Continuity||10|
|45||Implement Additional Aquatic Species Restoration Measures||Habitat Restoration||No||0|
|46||Implement Demonstration Restoration Projects||Habitat Restoration||No||1|
|47||Restore Vegetative Buffers and Floodplains||Habitat Restoration||No||2|
|48||Restore Salt Marshes||Habitat Restoration||No||6|
|49||Restore Priority Degraded Habitat||Habitat Restoration||No||0|
|50||Restore Estuarine Habitat Conditions||Habitat Restoration||No||1|