Visual Quality

Visiting a river is a multi-sensory experience. The visual quality assessment identifies and describes visible elements of the viewed landscape from specific viewpoints and rates the scenic quality of the view using the National Park Service’s Visual Resource Inventory methodology. Views in the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River watershed were selected to be representative of views within the various river sections. Features assessed were landscape elements like hills, trees, structures, forms, lines, textures and colors, including vividness and visual harmony, and inconsistent features.