Continue reading Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission: Indicators Project

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission: Indicators Project

The Indicators Project Progress begins with a goal. The goal can be grand (eliminate extreme poverty in the world); the goal can be subtle (increase school attendance rates). Small and large, the changes made around the world are driven by the goals and visions set by empowered communities. Both qualitative and quantitative data is used…

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Continue reading Blackstone Canal District Alliance: Combined Sewer Overflow in the Blackstone Canal

Blackstone Canal District Alliance: Combined Sewer Overflow in the Blackstone Canal

Student Researchers: Chelsea Costa studies Environmental Engineering and Environmental and Sustainability Studies with experience using GIS software.  She works at the WPI Gordon Library and at the Office of Sponsored Programs as an office assistant. Paula Miller studies Biology and Biotechnology. She works at the WPI Gordon Library as a student supervisor and at New England…

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Continue reading Mass DEP: Cost Analysis of the 2014 MS4 Permit

Mass DEP: Cost Analysis of the 2014 MS4 Permit

Student Researchers Eric Correia, a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Over the past summer, Eric has worked as a machine operator at Prattville Machine and Tool Co. in Peabody, MA. Cameron Peterson, a junior majoring in Robotics and Mechanical Engineering. Cameron recently completed a course where he managed a team…

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Zoning Reform for Quality of Life

Massachusetts’ state zoning laws are some of the most outdated laws in the country, which explains why in the past three decades many attempts have been made to change these laws. Although municipal level zoning reform laws have been passed, none of these attempts at the state level have been successful. This lack of success…

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Continue reading Stormwater Regulation in Central Massachusetts

Stormwater Regulation in Central Massachusetts

We are  Worcester Polytechnic Institute‚Äôs Phase II MS4 Stormwater Pilot Team.  We are currently working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental protection to help populate a database (the Zoho Database) which will contain information regarding the MS4 (separate stormwater sewer systems).  This database will allow the Massachusetts Department of Environmental protection to have a better understanding…

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