Present: Jim Ross, Alexander Houtizager, William Taylor, Maryan Nowak, Tim Watts, Francis Pereira, Rachel Calabro, Bob Davis, Namcy Durfee, Richard Ashcroft, Christina Wordell, Daniel Lopis, Joe Callahan, Joan Kimball, Bob Davis, Jamie Fosburgh, Bill Napolitano
I. Approval of Minutes:
The minutes were approved unanimously.
The outreach committee met at 6 to talk about next steps leading up to fall or spring Town Meeting.
III. Management Plan
and Jamie have been working on the Management Plan. Rachel sent out the “Introduction” by email
and asked for comments. Rachel asked if
we liked the table of contents and appendix.
Joan, Jamie and Bob recommended that there be many more bullets under
“Some of the outstanding attributes of the
A. Synthesis of existing water quality data ($5,000)
Bob has sent the scope to Kevin. TRWA meeting asked how many groups have data? Many groups from TRWA to Save the Bay. We will look to all existing data.
B. Small tributary macro survey ($2,500)
Fred and Tim have been choosing tributaries. They have done some sampling on an unnamed
C. Cultural landscape tributary ($14,000)
Jess Rowcroft is very excited about doing this study and has a 50% match from DCR. They hire a consultant to look at sites that are important to the community and recommend management care of the resource.
D. RIFLS Rotating stream monitoring ($14,000)
E. Stream Team implementation ($8000)
Rachel is having an informational meeting for Stream Teams
on June 3. Stream Teams will be asked
to send a proposal to her one week before the next meeting. The Stream Teams will have another chance to
submit a proposal in July.
Nancy reported that already begun Three Mile and Segregansett Rivers have had introduction, training and are surveying from May 22 to June 13. The follow up meeting will be on June 13. We compiled a list of the Taunton River Shoreline Survey for the float. For people who will only take one day, choose a section on Saturday. Bob got volunteers from TRWA. Nancy and Rachel will have simplified data sheets because of the time limitations and will be there all day on Saturday to assist, pass out sheets. We need 2 boats per section so they can go in tandom in each shore. The June 22 Assonet River initial meeting will be at the Grange in Dighton. We congratulated the Stream Teams and the great job that Nancy has done organizing them. Nancy expects to get the first day totally signed up and then the second day people will sign up.
People have been doing outreach in Middleboro – the Taunton Heritage Maps, brochures are popular, plain white, un-glossy fact sheets were not taken. Bill and Maisy worked on the new brochure which was passed around. Bill did some outreach to two groups. People love the little Taunton Heritage River pocket maps. Bill did a display with the Taunton River Wild and Scenic. There was an outreach committee meeting tonight 6-7. People can sign up on the Web page for the Taunton River float. Maisie has made a link to TRWA’s web page.
TRWA canoe trip is well organized with sweepers to ensure that everyone gets to camp by 6:00. Being safe is of ultimate importance.
Town updates: Raynham passed the Community Preservation Bylaw. THE CPA resonates with our study. Jim suggested passing the CPA. Bridgewater is trying again. Bill suggested that we also create Agricultural Committees along the river.
June is Rivers Month!
Bill tried to get the trash bags—but we needed to have a minimum order of 5000—and we were thinking 2000.
Jamie suggested using the Wild and Scenic logo and purchasing in bulk for all Wild and Scenic river—if we get a good quote.
The next meeting is on June 24 at 7:00. The outreach meeting will be at 6. Rachel will premiere her new power point! Joan Kimball