This Five Year Watershed Action Plan was made possible by a grant from
the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs:

·         John Clarkeson, Watershed Initiative coordinator, EOEA

·         Vandana Rao, Massachusetts Water Policy coordinator, EOEA

The following people contributed to this Action Plan. Many others also contributed and we acknowledge their contribution despite omitting their names here.

·         State Sen. Jarrett Barrios, Middlesex/Suffolk/Essex district

·         The Beverly Conservation Commissioner’s office

·         Bill Blanchard, Economist, Mass Dept. of Agricultural Resources

·         Todd Callaghan, CZM

·         Revere City Council President Mark Casella

·         Bradford C. Chase, Marine Fisheries Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

·         James Comeau, DCR

·         Conservation Commissioners represented on 8 Towns and the Bay

·         Cindy Delpapa, DFG Riverways Program          

·         Lawrence Gil. Former North Coastal Watersheds Team Leader      

·         Kathryn Glenn, CZM North Shore Regional Office and SRWC

·         Rob Gough, Salem Sound Coastwatch               

·         Representative Mary E. Grant, Sixth Essex District

·         Doug Heath, Friends of Lake Quannapowitt     

·         Julie Keane, CZM

·         Joan LeBlanc, Program Director, SRWC            

·         Renee Mary, Wenham Lake Watershed Association member

·         Amy Maxner, Beverly Conservation Commissioner

·         Mark McQueen, National Resource Conservation Service, USDA

·         Cynthia Mom, Assistant Director of Land Stewardship, Essex County Greenbelt Association, Inc.

·         Dominique Pahlavan, Mass GIS and EOEA      

·         Peter Phippen, 8 Towns and the Bay                  

·         Tim Purinton, Massachusetts Audubon Society North Shore Chapter       

·         Christine Rasmussen, Ward 5 Councilor, City of Gloucester, and Buy Fresh coordinator        

·         Neil Rossman, candidate for Swampscott Selectman

·         William F. Scanlon, Jr., Mayor of Beverly

·         Max Schenk, Conservation Commissioner and Eight Towns & the Bay Gloucester representative

·         Arthur Screpetis,  MA-DEP

·         Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch    

·         Jan Schlichtmann, Wenham Lake Watershed Association

The following people constituted the production team for the Action Plan and the associated video:

·         David Drain, Engineer, Perot Systems Government Services

·         Jesse Gordon, Senior Analyst, Perot Systems Government Services Environmental Information Division
Contact information:, (781) 544-0241,, (617) 320-6989

·         Erica Rosen, PSGS web designer

·         Allison Ruda, Yellow Kitchen Productions videography

·         Michael Thompson, GIS Analyst, Perot Systems Government Services

·         Mike Toomey, Mass Aquatic Resource Education Program and Strategic Cable Alliance "WaterFronts"


[1] BioMap Guiding land conservation for biodiversity in Massachusetts NH&ESP, MDF&W 2001.

[2] MA DEQE 1989

[3] See “The Marine Resources of Salem Sound 1997”, published 2002 by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Abstract and contact information at

[4] Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council survey, referred to as “MAPC survey.” The MAPC area includes 101 towns with overlap to NCW. The MAPC survey was conducted on-line within NCW via the Salem News and the Gloucester Times. The partial survey results were downloaded as of May 20, 2004, prior to survey completion, to meet publication deadlines. 767 people responded from NCW towns. A table of the downloaded results appears in Appendix M.

[5] excerpted from Changes in the Land, W. Cronon, 1983

[6] which is tied to the aforementioned Massachusetts Ecological Regions Project: Griffith, Glenn E. et al., for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Corvallis, 1994

[7] LeRoy et al, 1997, Richter et al 1996

[8] Larry Gil, communication of June 29 2004

[9] Mass Audubon estimates seven to fifteen acres lost per day, based on the 1997-2002 census, in its publication “Losing Ground”. The 2002 Census of Agriculture estimates up to 32 acres per day loss, based on somewhat different criteria.

[10] Contacts include Marc MacQueen, Soil Conservationist, USDA NRCS, 15 Cranberry Highway, West Wareham, MA 02576. Tel: (508) 295-1481 x 113 and Laurence N. Boutiette, Jr., P.E., USDA NRCS, 52 Medical Arts Building, Suite 100, 52 Boyden Rd., Holden, MA 01520-2587. Tel: (508) 829-4477 x 116.

[11] NRDC Kings County study

[12] Massachusetts Year 2002 Integrated List of Waters, Part 2 – Final Listing of Individual Categories of Waters -- CN: 125.2, September 2003 -- available at