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