Taunton River Wild & Scenic River Study Committee Meeting
November 16, 2004
SRPEDD 88 Broadway Taunton, MA
In Attendance: Francis Pereira, Bill Taylor, Middleboro; Jim Ross, Lou Bousquet,, Raynham; Richard Ashcroft, Nancy Durfee, Somerset; Maryan Nowak, Taunton; Bob Davis, TRWA/Raynham; Alison Bowden, TNC; Scott MacFaden, Wildlands Trust; George Estes, Dighton/Intertribal Council; Donna Desrosiers, Roger Desrosiers, Somerset/Intertribal Council; Rachel Calabro, SRPEDD/Riverways; Bill Napolitano SRPEDD
Desrosiers, Roger Desrosiers, and George Estes; Alison Bowden, TNC
15 Raynham Town Meeting vote to endorse the nomination of the Taunton
River as a Wild & Scenic River; the article passed Town Meeting unanimously;
The vote received great press coverage in the Taunton Daily Gazette (page 1).
Jim said that the participation of the local third grade class (with posters and
projects focusing on wildlife found in and around the river ) was very educational
and appealed to the voter; a short video clip (3-5 min.), produced by Fred
Morrison, of canoeing on the Taunton River, was also extremely informative
and helpful (it would be nice to get this clip on our website).
provide technical assistance as necessary.
reviewed on the web and comments sent to Bill, Rachel, or Maisy
Nov.11 at SRPEDD; the following proposals were brought before the Wild &
Scenic River Study Committee for consideration:
a. Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Mass. – up to $5,000 to help with appraisals
for properties within the Taunton River Corridor study area, to be donated by
a single landowner ( 4 properties, totaling close to 50 acres, with significant river frontage);
b. Nemasket River Stream Team – up to $4,500 to develop and distribute an educational brochure on stormwater management and water quality;
c. Nancy Possinger - $1,000 for educational events for Friends of the Dighton
Rock State Park;
d. Bristol County 4-H Envirothon Team – $300 for a Theater in the Park series;
Committee voted: minimum of $2,500 and up to $5,000 for the Wildlands Trust; the
Committee saw the opportunity to acquire riverfront land as a priority in order to protect
And preserve as much of an intact corridor as possible; the other proposals will be entertained at a future date, contingent upon availability of funds or alternative sources of
materials (the Nemasket group, for example, was referred to EPA and DEP on-line resources and assistance available through SRPEDD and the Stream Team Coordinator).
the nomination of the Taunton River as a Wild & Scenic River