Accession Number : ADA336720

Title :   Massachusetts Natural Valley Storage Investigation

Corporate Author : CORPS OF ENGINEERS WALTHAM MA NEW ENGLAND DIV

PDF Url : ADA336720

Report Date : AUG 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 192

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.

Descriptors :   *FLOOD CONTROL, DAMAGE, ECONOMICS, COSTS, GROUND WATER, CASE STUDIES, STORAGE, WETLANDS, WATER QUALITY, VALLEYS, MASSACHUSETTS, FLOOD PLAINS, NEW ENGLAND.

Subject Categories : Ecology
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE