Accession Number:

ADA336720

Title:

Massachusetts Natural Valley Storage Investigation

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALTHAM MA NEW ENGLAND DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

192.0

Abstract:

The goal of this study was to research and discuss methodologies to quantify in economic terms the costs and benefits of natural valley storage as a means of reducing future flood damages. Natural valley storage consist of wetlands and floodplains which provide significant floodwater retention. The report accomplished the following 1 provided a review of Corps flood control projects in New England 2 described the physical characteristics of natural valley storage 3 summarized the Corps Charles River Natural Valley Storage project 4 described costs and benefits of natural valley storage and 5 conducted a case study using the Nashua River as an example. Natural valley storage areas not only provide a non-structural means of flood control but recreational opportunities often abound in these areas in the form of fishing, hunting, hiking. This report recommends that a preliminary screening effort be conducted to identify significant natural valley storage areas within Massachusetts. The results of the study identified a lack of transferable information regarding the relationship between water quality and groundwater recharge and the preservation of natural valley storage. Without an understanding of this relationship in the Northeast, a benefit calculation is impossible.

Subject Categories:

  • Ecology
  • Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE