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Brook Trout Program

This Thursday! November 17 @ 6:30 pm

Cold Water Matters: An Overview of Recent Stream Restoration and Preservation Efforts in Massachusetts with Bill Pastuzek

Gathering and refreshments at 6:30 PM, program begins at 7:00 PM sharp.

Bill Pastuzek is the current president of the Greater Boston Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He has been fly fishing since he took a canoe trip into northern Ontario after college. His interest in the environment and conservation dates back to the original data collection for the UMass Acid Rain Project.

Bill will speak of recent stream restoration and preservation efforts by Trout Unlimited in MA. While not a fish biologist or stream scientist, he will provide some viewpoints on trout (and other fish), fly fishing, and the drought.

Bill heads a commercial real estate appraisal practice in Newton, MA where he also lives with his wife. His two children live in Paris and Canada. He is an active instructor and educational developer and has taught for many organizations and educational institutions.

You may not be aware that Furnace Brook (Trout Brook) which flows from above Sylvia Place Pond down through Soules Pond and Sampson Park, enters the river about halfway between Wapping Road and Elm Street. This brook has been declared a "Cold Water Fishery" by Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife because of its spawning population of native brook trout. We will be working with the Town of Kingston, DFW, Wildlands Trust, Trout Unlimited and others to help ensure that this important local resource is protected during and following dam removal, and well into the future. We hope you will become engaged in this effort to provide long term stewardship of this important natural asset. Let's get going – come to the program this Thursday!

Un-Dam-It!

On November 2nd, JRWA was awarded a grant from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Dam & Seawall program in the amount of $233,000. This will pay for the engineering design and permitting needed to remove the dam below the bridge at Elm Street. Coincidentally, the water department had to repair a pipe under the bridge that required a drawdown of the impoundment. This was a great opportunity to see conditions upstream, evaluate the sediment in the river, and contemplate various restoration scenarios for the river and adjacent land. See more photos from last week on Jones River →

JRWA is fortunate to have also received a grant from Patagonia to help with this project, and we are grateful to the town meeting members for establishing the Jones River Restoration Fund that will provide the town's share of financing for this project. We will begin hosting meetings in the near future, and ask for your thoughtful engagement.

Post-Election Inspiration

Like these salmon, we too shall persevere!

Salmon crossing the road, Skokomish River, WA, 2016
Salmon crossing the road, Skokomish River, WA, 2016

Movie Night: Containment

Friday, December 9 @ 7 pm

The Jones River Watershed Association’s Cape Cod Bay Watch program and the Pilgrim Legislative Advisory Coalition is hosting a screening of Containment on Friday, December 9th at 7:00 PM at the Jones River Landing (55 Landing Road, Kingston). The film tackles the current issue of radioactive waste and the danger it poses for hundreds of thousands of years, and imagines a future dealing with vast stockpiles worldwide. Refreshments and discussion before and after the 81-minute film. The screening is free, but donations are welcome.

About the film:

Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground — and part graphic novel — Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.

About Pilgrim:

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is due to refuel its reactor in spring 2017, meaning more high-level nuclear waste will be placed in an already-crowded spent fuel pool. More waste that will also end up, eventually, in dry cask storage on the Cape Cod Bay shoreline. These casks, made of concrete and steel, are currently sited in a location well within reach of rising seas, nor’easters, and salt water degradation – radioactive contamination is a serious concern.

It is unknown how long these precariously-placed casks will stay in Plymouth. Right now the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is in process of developing “consent-based siting” plans for more permanent storage solutions in collaboration with communities across the country. However, solutions are a long way away and no saying the process will even be successful.

The reality is that Pilgrim’s stockpile of high-level nuclear waste will have to be dealt with for hundreds of thousands of years. The film Containment will help put “our” radioactive waste problem in a broader, global perspective.

Stay warm!
– The Jones River Team

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