North Coastal Watershed Action Plan; Jesse Gordon, Planning Team Contact
5-Year Action Plan: Read Online | Download (MS Word) | Comments | Links

The North Coastal Watershed is a study in contrasts. The northern reaches of the North Coastal Watershed includes the southern tier of Hampton and the Seabrook saltmarsh complex, while further south, the Watershed is dominated by the rocky shores of Cape Ann, which provides the most distinctive rocky coastline in all of Massachusetts. The southern reach of the Watershed consists of an irregular coastline of rocky peninsulas, interspersed with embayments, pockets of salt marsh and vibrant estuaries. Offshore, the Watershed is complemented by numerous islands, ranging in size from small rocky outcroppings, to larger multi-acre sanctuaries.

The Watershed Action Plan

The North Coastal Watersheds Five-year Watershed Action Plan was completed on June 30, 2004. The Watershed Action Plan outlines the priorities of the NCW Watershed Team through 2009. It is available in three formats: on-line (HTML); PDF; and MS-Word. Click below for all three.

Basic Facts:

  • The North Coastal Watershed has a total drainage area of approximately 168 square miles, and encompasses all or part of 5 river sub-basins, including: the Danvers, Essex, Saugus, Pines, and Annisquam Rivers. It also includes numerous lakes and ponds, totaling approximately 2,428 acres.

  • The North Coastal also encompasses all or part of 26 Massachusetts’ municipalities, and supports a population of approximately 500,000 people.

  • The dominant resources within the region include a major lobster fishery within the ports of Gloucester, Rockport, Saugus, Lynn and Beverly-Salem Harbors, along with shell fishing, which remains a major commercial and recreational activity particularly within upper North Shore communities of Essex and Gloucester.

Watershed Action Plan - PDF and DOC Version


Political Boundaries / Transportation Map
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Wetlands Map
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Open Space Map
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Land Use Map
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Watershed Action Plan - HTML Version