group photo of participants at the state of the taunton workshop
Workshop attendees gather for a group photo at the end of the event

Final Agenda

Final Event Program

Press Release

Providence Journal Article

On Monday,October 1st, 2018 from 8:30am-1:00pm, The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network hosted the State of Taunton River Watershed Workshop at Fall River Heritage State Park to spotlight partnerships for progress. This event informed attendees on major environmental factors that are affecting the Taunton River, its tributaries, surrounding lands, and ultimately Mount Hope Bay. Participants heard from a range of professionals about clean water, changes to our land and waters from more people and more development, and how rising seas affect our coasts. This half day workshop was the follow up of the release of the 2017 State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed technical report. The October 1st workshop included Local Champion Awards, a Networking and Resource fair, and featured an array of distinguished speakers.

Congratulations to the Local Champions: 

Colleen Brown, Conservation Agent for the Town of Swansea, MA
Ed Tanner, Principal Planner and Zoning Officer for the Town of Bristol, RI
Dighton Conservation Commission

local champions receive awards at the taunton event

Local champions, Bill Frenett, representing the Dighton Conversation Commission (Dighton, MA), Ed Tanner (Bristol, RI), and Colleen Brown (Swansea, MA) pose with Millie Garcia-Serrano (MassDEP Southeastern Regional Director), Nick Wildman (MA DER Ecological Restoration Specialist), and Alexandra Dapolito Dunn (US EPA Region 1 Administrator) after receiving their awards acknowledging their work in the Taunton River watershed.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Fuss & O'Neill logo      


Thanks to Whole Foods and Market Basket for their in-kind support!

Event Organizers and Planners:

map of Taunton, MA watershed, screen shot capture of ArcGIS online map, click photo to link
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This project was funded by an agreement (CE00A00366) awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission on behalf of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program.