Faculty Advisor

Krueger, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.


The proposed Blackstone Canal Project aims to revive the culture and economy throughout downtown Worcester through the creation of a reconstructed canal. This report explores the potential of integrating ecological goals into the current plan by researching previous projects that have attempted both ecological and economic goals. A group of previous projects was narrowed down using certain criteria to determine their applicability to Worcester, and five aspects of each selected project were researched further: economic goals, ecological goals, funding, public involvement, and the outcome of the project. Information collected from the case studies was then examined in terms of its applicability to Worcester, and recommendations were given regarding integration of ecological goals.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering