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Mitigation of Erosion Impacts at Bartholomew’s Cobble and Naumkeag

Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, and Naumkeag in Stockbridge, two properties owned by The Trustees, have suffered from severe erosion and sedimentation that has become exponentially worse in recent years due to increased rainfall intensity and frequency. Erosion and sedimentation affect sensitive wetland habitats and state-listed rare species, both at the site where water cuts through land, and where it deposits the resulting sediments. The Trustees, with our partners, implemented a set of preventative and restorative measures over the last three years with funding from a DEP section 319 Stormwater Management Grant. Best Management Practices (BMPs) were identified, designed, and implemented to reduce the ongoing runoff and subsequent erosion problems that have been exacerbated by the change in storm frequency and intensity due to climate change. This project embraced the added goal of implementing measures suitable for the natural landscapes in the area which are effective, yet low cost, BMPs that public works departments and private organizations (particularly those with limited financial resources) could replicate with their own staff and equipment.

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