FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Mill River Bank Stabilization Project   [open pdf - 49KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. This Best Practice Story describes, "In 2000, the town of Whatley, Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) funded the stabilization of 215 linear feet of riverbank along the Mill River in Franklin County. The waterway had become destabilized during construction of Interstate 91. The project had two phases. The first placed a rock toe and a log revetment at the base of the riverbank slope, followed by brush layers, fascines (bundles of plant cuttings), brush mattress, geotextile material encapsulated fill, and live stakes on the upper slope. This established a self-repairing armor of living vegetation along the stream bank. Finally, sheet piles were added to the embankments closest to the wells. DEP funded $67,869 of the cost from a Section 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Competitive Grant with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments administering the grant. The Town of Whately matched 40% of those dollars, plus additional expenses. Together the local community and state spent $171,144." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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