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Environmental protection in Massachusetts is framed by three overarching programs: the highly successful Watershed Initiative, now entering its tenth year, and two relatively new programs that are similarly taking the state by storm, the Biodiversity Initiative and Community Preservation Initiative. While each of these initiatives, by themselves, is being applauded by diverse interests, it is the integration of these programs and the effectiveness of this integration in getting to the very root causes of environmental problems – human interception and abuses of the water cycle, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, and unbridled sprawl in our communities – that is noteworthy. The integration of these three initiatives involves all levels of government, an array of environmental nonprofits, a full range of private sector interests, and the general public in assessing problems, prioritizing solutions, and implementing the necessary sea changes to protect and restore our environment and sustain our economy.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864702785665193

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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