Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program
Natick was one of the first communities to participate in the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, and to receive the “MVP” designation.
With the support of this program, the Town completed vulnerability assessments and worked with community stakeholders to identify Natick’s climate risks and recommend actions. In 2018, Natick published its first MVP Plan, which prioritized 45 different climate resilience-building actions.
Staff across municipal departments regularly review the MVP Plan and work to advance priorities. As a result, Natick has received the following MVP Action Grants to implement recommendations outlined in the Report:
- Tree Planting to Mitigate Heat
- Conserving Water Usage
- Updating Stormwater Regulations
- Regional Flood Model
- Identifying Flood Solutions
- MetroWest Climate Equity Project
- Advancing Flood Solutions
2018: Tree Planting Plan to Mitigate Heat Islands and Reduce Runoff
Developed a tree planting plan to address heat islands and reduce stormwater runoff. 300 property owners were contacted and invited to participate in Natick’s Street Trees program.
2018: Water Conservation Campaign
Conducted a water conservation educational campaign in conjunction with the launch of the Town’s new WaterSmart technology platform, leading to the registration of more than 20% of residential water customers who now receive leak alerts and guidance on water conservation strategies based on their usage profile.
2018: Low Impact Development Regulation Development and Zoning Bylaw Inclusion
Developed Low Impact Development (LID) zoning regulations, updating Natick’s Stormwater Bylaw and revising zoning regulations for Natick’s Aquifer Protection District.
2021: Building Resilience across the Charles River Watershed (Charles River Flood Model)
Worked with 14 additional communities that are part of the Charles River Climate Compact to develop a Charles River watershed model, producing technical information about where and when flood risk is expected to be exacerbated by climate change.
2022: Building Resilience across the Charles River Watershed Phase II
Designed four site-specific flood mitigation projects within the Charles River watershed with public input, as well as policies and resources to support each municipality in reducing impervious surface cover and increasing green infrastructure.
2022: Building Relationships and Resilience with MetroWest Environmental Justice Neighborhoods (MetroWest Climate Equity Project)
Collaborated with community liaisons to improve the resiliency and engagement of Environmental Justice populations in Natick, Framingham and Ashland.
2023: Building Resilience Across the Charles River Watershed Phase III
Collaborated with the Charles River Climate Compact to advance multiple flood mitigation projects that employ nature-based solutions to flood risks in the most vulnerable areas using the Charles River Flood Model.