Holistic Water Resources Management in Massachusetts

In making investment decisions about water supply development and wastewater management, towns in Massachusetts typically employ traditional engineering cost benefit analysis.

These analyses typically externalize the costs and benefits associated with the implications of a particular plan on aquatic ecosystems. If these costs were internalized then perhaps towns would make water management decisions with less impact on the environment.

SEI made some modifications to WEAP that allow for this sort of more holistic analysis and has tested the upgrade through a WEAP application in the Town of Sharon.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will now promote WEAP to other towns in order to encourage this sort of planning.

Funder: Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Riverways Program
Partners: Tufts University, MCubed, Inc.

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