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What we do

MAPC provides technical assistance and policy guidance to municipalities in our region on a wide range of environmental issues including, but not limited to: low impact development and green infrastructure planning, water resources planning and policy, stormwater management and non-point source pollution, coastal and ocean resource management, watershed planning, green/open space protection, climate change, brownfields assessment, and solid waste and organics disposal.

Current Events/Activities

MAPC is working with the Mass Division of Ecological Restoration who is developing a state-wide program to help cities and towns replace failing or undersized culverts with structures that incorporate the MA Stream Crossing Standards. Past storm events have shown that culverts incorporating the Standards hold up better during floods, are more cost-effective for municipalities in the long term, and restore river health. Replacing failing and undersized culverts will improve flood resilience, climate change readiness, and aquatic organism passage in your community.

Please take their survey (should only take 5-10 minutes to complete) to help us to identify current obstacles municipal officials (roadway managers) face when replacing culverts. Your response to this survey is important to determine the type of assistance and material DER can offer. Please feel free to share it with fellow community decision makers. We would appreciate your response by June 25, 2015. Survey Link: Identifying Municipal Needs for Replacing Culverts.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Tim Chorey at timothy.chorey@state.ma.us or 617-626-1541.


Massachusetts Food System Plan

food plan logo In 2014, the Massachusetts Food Policy Council launched an ambitious effort to develop a statewide plan to strengthen the Commonwealth's food system. The planning process marks the first time that stakeholders from farming, environmental, public health, and other key sectors of the food system are coming together to identify goals and strategies to increase production, create jobs and economic opportunities, protect land and natural resources, ensure the availability of healthy, local foods for all residents, and address food waste concerns and opportunities.

Regional Climate Change Strategy

The Regional Climate Change Strategy is a working document that provides recommendations for local, regional, and state action to reduce vulnerability to the anticipated impacts of climate change. The Strategy builds on existing studies and reports and provides important adaptation and mitigation tools and techniques to the region.

Stormwater Management and Funding 

Stormwater management is a growing challenge for local governments, and new requirements under the EPA's MS4 general permit may make it necessary for towns to advance their Stormwater Master Plan. MAPC provides several toolkits to help municipalities better understand their needs and better communicate the importance of a well-funded stormwater management plan. 

Other Recent and Ongoing Projects:

Past Projects:

  • Food Systems Guide for Municipalities (webpage under development)

Additional Resources

Click here for a list of additional resources.


If you have questions about MAPC's work on environmental issues, please contact Martin Pillsbury, Environmental Division Manager, at mpillsbury@mapc.org or Julie Conroy, AICP, Senior Environmental Planner at jconroy@mapc.org.