October 8, 2014

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Geosyntec Selected for Development of Massachusetts Watershed-Based Plans

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced it has selected Geosyntec Consultants to develop a web-based tool for statewide Watershed-Based Plans (WBPs). The project will be led by Robert Hartzel of Geosyntec’s office in Acton, Massachusetts.

According to Bob, “This exciting project will allow us to develop an innovative watershed planning tool at the crossroads of science, engineering, public policy, and public education.” Geosyntec will create an interactive web-based tool to help users develop WBPs that meet the nine elements required by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). A completed WBP is a prerequisite for communities or local organizations that wish to apply for federal grant funding for watershed restoration projects under Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act.

Geosyntec’s web-based tool will provide the building blocks of a WBP for thousands of watersheds across Massachusetts instantly by simply selecting a watershed by name or clicking a location on a map. The resulting maps, data, and analyses generated for the selected watershed will provide useful information for preparing a WBP, and for many other planning efforts at the state and local level. Additional information to complete the WBP will be developed through series of guided exercises and technical resources. This tool will allow local organizations and communities to complete a technically robust WBP very efficiently, and will allow the state to focus a greater share of its federal grant funding on watershed restoration efforts.

For more information on the Massachusetts Watershed-Based Plans Project or Geosyntec’s related technical expertise, contact Robert Hartzel at 978-206-5771 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..