Call to Order
Committee Chair Jim Ross called the meeting to order at .
Francis Pereira, Pat Rogers, Bill Taylor, Middleboro
Jim Ross, Raynham
Aria Brissette, Jasmine
Tanguay, Maryan Nowak,
Jack Traynor, Halifax
Doug Robertson, interested party
Karen Holmes, guest speaker
The minutes of June’s committee meeting were approved with the following correction:
1. The minutes should read “Taunton River Wild and Scenic River Study Committee
Minutes for Meeting of 6/18/03”, not
1. The Forge River Tributary Committee wants to meet with the Highway Department regarding stormwater mitigation associated with the Route 104 widening project.
2. There is a garage/repair shop on the
On August 4th there was an Action Planning Meeting to draft the Action Steps.
A lesson learned was that registered letters to landowners do not go over well. Some recipients of the letters felt intimidated and/or turned off by having to sign for the letter that informed them of the survey and asked their permission. In the future, a less formal letter and method of delivery would probably be more successful.
The next river to be done will be the Nemasket. There will be a meeting on August 21st to divide up the Nemasket into sections and relationship build. At that time they will decide on the training date.
Kitty had a successful meeting.
The river is beautiful with regards to wildlife.
The following activities are done inside the Taunton River Corridor and everyone is encouraged to volunteer:
The North American Butterfly Association does
surveys on the
There is a dragonfly migration count going on.
The Monarch Watch out of the
Be a Nest Box Ambassador through
The Frog Watch - National Wildlife Federation – looks for deformities in frogs.
The lack of public access points throughout the
corridor makes it difficult to perform these activities. When Karen leads activities she often has to
ask permission from private landowners to get access to the rivers. The Town of
Jim asked Karen whether or not the recreation
opportunities on the
Final plans should be coming out. It was mentioned that the Route 88 Bridge
The Riverways Program survived with overwhelming support in the house and senate.
Bill recommended hiring Rachel from Adopt-A-Stream 1 day per week to work on the management plan. She would be a 1099 consultant. A motion was made to allow SRPEDD to have the discretion to hire a qualified consultant to work on the plan one day per week. The full Committee unanimously approved the motion.
A Project Summary/Proposal was included along
with August’s meeting agenda. The Town
Bill N gave an update on this project, which will refurbish/beautify Robertson’s Mill. The building will be used for affordable housing and retail shops. A river walk is also proposed for the site to complement the trail on the opposite side of the river.
A letter asking for comments on the Expanded ENF
Form was included along with August’s meeting agenda. The project proposes to
put in a liquefied natural gas storage tank at a terminal in
Bill N proposed that when the ENF comes out we as a committee submit a letter to the state that suggests that the WWTP to do a low flow/contribution study of the river, especially considering the WWTP supposedly contributes up to 70% of the river’s instream flow at times. Pat Rogers vehemently objected to us getting involved in the issue and questioned who on the committee was technically qualified enough to make such a request. He also stated that the Committee shouldn’t be getting political and that the WWTP had to get NPDES permits so we should leave it up to the relevant state and federal agencies to determine what information needs to be collected. He didn’t feel the issue of the WWTP upgrade was relevant to our study. Several people on the Committee disagreed and felt the issue was relevant to our study and we should submit a comment letter when the time comes. The Committee decided that Jim Ross would write a letter to the appropriate agency that brings these issues to their attention and asks them to consider requiring the WWTP to do a low flow/contribution analysis as part of the EIR. Perhaps we could even get some of the TRWA water quality data analyzed too.
Ruth Geoffroy’s email has some good suggestions
on resources we can use to possibly get more information on the archaeologic
resources of the
Pat Rogers mentioned that there are five bridges
Pat Rogers will follow up with Jack Sheppard regarding the public access board’s plans to create/improve public access sites on the river. There were plans to put a conservation restriction on property at the Bridgewater House of Corrections and improve two sites on the property but with budget cuts and state government reorganization he’s not sure what has happened.
Karen Pelto couldn’t be at the meeting to discuss this project, which will hopefully restore alewives to the Satucket River. She wanted to know if we as a committee could push this thing forward. It appears they are fine without our help but if would be a good idea to include this in our management plan. I.E. support their efforts but further involvement isn’t necessary on our part. She will try and make the September meeting to give a presentation on the topic.
The next meeting date will be on September 10th in Middleboro and the timeline will be a major discussion topic since time is running out.
Submitted by Aria Brissette