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This Thursday!

Monponsett Pond Hearing

December 15 @ 6:30-8:30 pm
Great Hall of the Halifax Town Hall, 499 Plymouth Street

Photo from Draft TMDL Report

The Town of Halifax will host a presentation and public hearing on Thursday, December 15 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Great Hall of the Halifax Town Hall, 499 Plymouth Street by the Division of Watershed Management Bureau of Water Resources, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection of a Draft Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for Total Phosphorus in four ponds in the Towns of Halifax, Hanson and Pembroke Massachusetts. The four ponds, West Monponsett Pond, East Monponsett Pond, White Oak Reservoir (a.k.a. ‘reservoir’) and Stetson Pond are hydraulically connected and are impaired by nutrients, specifically phosphorus. This Draft TMDL Report is required by the EPA Federal Clean Water Act section 303d and is directed at control of excessive cyanobacteria, algae and non-rooted weeds (duckweed) which impair uses in the ponds, including swimming, and aquatic life. A TMDL is essentially a “pollution budget” designed to restore the health of an impaired waterbody. A copy of this Draft TMDL Report, a complete listing of all lakes, rivers and coastal waters on the Massachusetts Impaired Waters (303d) list and further explanation of the TMDL Program, is available here: Draft TMDL Report →

The public hearing will be held to discuss and respond to any public comments on the report. Based on the comments received, the Draft Report will be rewritten and the final version sent to the USEPA for approval. All comments should refer to the report number (CN 446.0) and must be received by 5:00pm on January 16, 2017. Please submit comments electronically to
Matt Reardon, matthew.reardon@state.ma.us, or by U.S. Mail to:
MassDEP, Attn: Matt Reardon, Watershed Planning Program
8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 01606.

It is important to represent the interests of the watershed and limit the discharge of this degraded water into Silver Lake, which will increase the impairment of our vital natural resource and headwater of Jones River. JRWA will be providing written comments and will make them available to members in the coming month. It is our mission to help solve this problem!

Update:
Silver Lake now 8.5 feet drawn down, its lowest in 30 years.

Read more at jonesriver.org > Silver Lake is Drained →

Save the date!

March 16, 2017

A one-day conference, Solutions for Healthy Waters, will be held at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson, MA on March 16, 2017. This learning and networking opportunity is brought to you by Watershed Action Alliance of Southeastern MA (WAA) representing 12 organizations dedicated to clean, plentiful, and free-flowing water. Sessions will cover invasive plants, effective science communication, and drought and flood resilience. Invited speaker, Dr. Pia Moisander of UMASS Dartmouth, will discuss the mounting challenge of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in our waterways and ways to prevent it from becoming a health and water quality issue. Registration and details coming soon at watershedaction.org →

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