So the meeting on March 21st didn’t go so great. The turnout was less than the November meeting, two people on the board couldn’t even make it. The petition had no standing, And the committee board shut down and belittled questions from the public. It was proclaimed that Kingstown has only excavated about half the amount they are permitted for. So double the images below.
(Those 12 foot tall machines sure do look tiny from the top of their pit).
Next steps? Time to reach outside of Plymouth. I’ll be contacting state legislators this week and reaching out to Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife to see if we can get an environmental assessment done on this parcel. A board member commented after the meeting that there where absolutely “no endangered animals in the area”. However, there was no assessment or survey done. Please reach out to me, if you have any ideas for our next plan of action. You can directly message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wood Lot Land Use Meeting is officially listed on the website. Please check the night before for cancelations as three meetings in a row have been canceled (https://www.plymouthcountyma.gov/meetings.htm) Hope to see you there this Thursday!
The Woodlot is listed as area 3 on the Plymouth Aquifer Protection Map.
A sole source aquifer (SSA) is one that provides at least 50% of the drinking water for its service area and there are no other available drinking water sources should the aquifer become contaminated (EPA, 2019). The Plymouth Carver Sole Source Aquifer is Plymouths only source of fresh clean drinking water.
The most prominent issue is the danger the excavation places on Plymouth’s clean drinking water. The activity is taking place over the Plymouth Carver Sole Source Aquifer. Endangerments to clean water needs to be of top priority when discussing the fate of any development or excavations in Plymouth.
This activity is happening because of closed door deals made between Kingstown Corporation and the County officials who have hidden public records and avoided transparency.
Hope to see you this Thursday 530 pm at 44 Obery street as the future of the Woodlot is discussed.
EPA. (2019). Overview of the drinking water sole source aquifer program. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/dwssa/overview-drinking-water-sole-source-aquifer-program#What_Is_SSA_Program
Here is a photo of Tigger and one of his best friends, Kiki, on a winter walk at the Wood Lot!
With spring right around the corner, we find ourselves experiencing the first snow storms of the year. It was as beautiful as it was short. To some this is a great thing, less shoveling and more time at work. However, it sends a blunt note about the seasonal shifts that infamously support climate change.
Did you know, that forests are our ally in combating climate change. Forests mitigate climate change in large part because of carbon sequestration. This is a process where carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and is absorbed by the components of the forest. Carbon sequestration by forests saves us money. If we had to invest in an artificial carbon sink it would need an economic subsidy worth billions of tax payer dollars (Canadell & Raupach, 2008).
Please stay involved as we fight to protect our natural communities, our clean drinking water, and our carbon future.
Canadell, J. & Raupach, M. (2008). Science. Managing Forests for Climate Change Mitigation. Retrieved 3/5/19 from http://science.sciencemag.org/content/320/5882/1456
County Woodlot Advisory Subcommittee meeting CANCELED!!!
The meeting scheduled for 2/28 has been canceled. We will broadcast when more information is available. Please stay tuned. Thank you.
This is meeting is open to the public and governed by the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. Find out more about the law and the procedures the Sub-Committee must follow here: http://www.mass.gov/the-open-meeting-law
It is important for the public to show up at this meeting and voice their concerns during the public comment portion of the meeting.
The Wood Lot Sub-Commitee was hand picked by Chairman Pallotta to do his bidding. There is no representative of the conservation community on the Sub-Committee. When asked to appoint someone, Mr. Pallotta refused. There is only one representative from Plymouth on the Commitee of 5 people: Selectboard member Tony Provenzano who is pro-development and rarely stands up for conservation and preserving community character. Plymouth’s voice must be heard in the deliberations over the future of the Wood Lot — so please show up and let them know how you feel!
You can also submit your comments in writing to any of the Commissioners and subcommittee members. Here are their emails:
Tony Provenzano, Plymouth Selectman
Other County officials: