3. PUBLIC INPUT

  • The Watershed Team collected input from the Team members directly; from comments by members of watershed organizations at their meetings; from website comments solicited at meetings and in newspaper articles; from surveying newspaper articles in local newspapers; from videotaping at environmental events and at recreational sites; and from the previous version of the Action Plan draft.
  • The issues were summarized into 117 specific tasks, or general concepts if a task was not yet defined. These 117 issues are listed in the following table. The issues are divided into topics for ease of reference only (the topics do not associate with the goals). Within each topic, the issues are listed alphabetically. The issues are numbered from 1 through 117 for ease of reference. Details about the issues can be found in Appendix C, as well as on the website www.NorthCoastal.net. In most cases, the website documents the source of the comments readers should interpret any data which is undocumented in this report as from the website comments section.
  • The Watershed Team determined the six goals of the Action Plan via discussions over a period of several months.
  • Each of the 117 issues is evaluated as to how they fulfill each of the six goals. The members of the Watershed Team reviewed the evaluations to come to a reasonable consensus. The rating system is:

 

The issue has a negligible effect on the goal.

The issue has a side effect on the goal.

The issue has some effect on the goal.

The issue has a direct effect on the goal.

The issue has a major effect on the goal.

In addition to the six goals, each issue was evaluated on the same scale for Level of Public Concern. This was measured by the number of citations of the issue. Since every issue was raised at least once in order to be placed on to the list, there are no negligible ratings for this column. We consider this category to be a proxy for the political importance of an issue. While we recognize that this method favors those who simply show up to address our meetings, or those who take the time to write a newspaper article, we also recognize that such activism is a valid measure of political support.

The final column is Resource cost, which we use as a means of incorporating a cost factor or a factor for difficulty of implementation. The scale for cost is reversed, so that the more expensive or more difficult to implement an issue, the fewer points it receives. The resource cost means the additional cost to the Watershed Team, either financial or peoples time. Hence if a task would be done anyway, there is a low cost of associating the NCW Team with that task. For issues where there is no specific task, we evaluate the cost for initiating a study, or for seeking funding for a study. The rest of the scale for resource cost is interpreted as:

 

Implementation is prohibitively expensive or prohibitively difficult.

Implementation is expensive or difficult, likely requiring a grant.

Implementation has a reasonably inexpensive or easy method.

Implementation is inexpensive and/or would require only adding to an existing project.

Implementation is being done anyway and hence has no net cost to the Watershed Team.

 

There are no point totals assigned to the evaluations, because the Watershed Team deemed that method of evaluation inappropriately specific. The discussion section following the grid discusses all the highly evaluated tasks as priorities those issues best fulfill the stated goals of the Watershed Team. Of course, the evaluation system is somewhat arbitrary, so the prioritization is only loosely based on evaluations it is intended for guidance rather than determining a sequence of priorities.


 

 

 

North Coastal Watershed Action Plan Issues from Public Input


 


Goals →
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Issues ↓

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Waterways

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Chebacco Lake cleanup

2

Hydrological study of North River

3

Ecosystem Restoration Project for Reedy Meadow and Saugus River as part of GI RECONN proposal.

4

Implement Town Line Brook Watershed Restoration Project to restore habitat, improve water quality and address flooding.

5

Implement Phase II MS4 compliance in all municipalities in the watershed.

6

Implement recommendations of DEPs 1997/1998 Water Quality Assessment of the North Coastal Watershed

7

Lake Quannapowitt algae cleanup

8

Lake Quannapowitt arsenic cleanup

9

More river/lake monitoring

10

Reissue NPDES permits with monitoring requirements included

11

Saugus River sediment study

12

SRWC river cleanup

Non-point sources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

Contaminated runoff - fertilizer

14

Contaminated runoff - herbicide

15

Contaminated runoff - road salt

16

DDT in Swampscott lakes

17

Establish low road salt areas and safe salt storage locations within Saugus River watershed.

 

Goals →
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Issues ↓

Non-point sources (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

Implement NPS BMPs within Town Line Brook subbasins

19

Investigate and address sources of high bacterial pollution to Mill River

20

Investigate and address sources of high bacterial pollution to Shute Brook, Saugus.

21

Road salting study

22

Removal of fly ash Wenham Lake

Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

Blue Line extension study

24

Evaluate impact of windfarms

25

Evaluate Linden Brook crossing under Rt1

26

Health effects from Salem power plant emissions

27

Promote locally-grown food (Essex County Buy Local, e.g.)

28

Protect buffer zones to rivers, streams, marshes and other wetlands throughout Watershed.

29

RESCO ash landfill - Ensure closure as required by DEP Consent Order.

30

RESCO expansion study - Prevent expansion of waste incinerator within an ACEC

31

Rt. 1 widening-effect on Town Line Brook

32

Rumney Marsh canoeing survey

33

Thermal discharge impact study in Saugus River estuary.

Marine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34

Assist MDMF in sanitary surveys of the Rumney Marsh shellfish beds

35

Take the Beach Back in Revere; beach maintenance throughout the watershed

36

Conduct study of marine resources in the Saugus River estuary.

37

Implement Beaches Bill to provide timely monitoring and protect the public health.


 

 

Goals →
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Issues ↓

 

Marine (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38

Promote fishing rules

39

Restore shellfish beds in Rumney Marsh/Saugus River estuary.

 

40

Salem Sound boating - recreation economic analysis

 

41

Shellfish bed - closure survey and/or economic study

 

Wastewater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42

Develop funding mechanisms for Phase II storm drainage improvements per Project # 01-09

 

43

Eliminate CSOs in Gloucester - sewer separation

 

44

Eliminate CSOs in LWSC - sewer separation

 

45

Eliminate CSOs in LWSC - sewer separation

 

46

Eliminate sewer discharges to Saugus River

 

47

Monitor stormwater drainage from Stacy Creek onto MDC Kings Beach

 

48

Upgrade drainage infrastructure of Saugus River downstream of LWSC Diversion

 

49

Wastewater - Gloucester

 

50

Wastewater - Nahant

 

51

Wastewater - Revere

 

52

Wastewater - Saugus

 

Water supply

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

53

Chronic flooding of Reedy Meadow

 

54

Citizen members on Salem-Beverly Water Board

 

55

Drinking water quality - Middleton Pond, Danvers

 

56

Evaluate flooding control in Mill R.

 

57

Flooding plans - Peabody

 

58

Flooding plans - Revere

 

59

Limited dredging of Town Line Brook for flood storage

 

60

Monitor streamflow in the Saugus River.

 

 

Goals →
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Issues ↓

 

Water Supply (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61

Promote water conservation throughout Saugus River watershed.

 

62

Reduce water withdrawals from Saugus River, particularly during fish spawning periods.

 

63

Repair self regulating tide gates at Route 1/Town Line Brook

 

64

Revisit MAS/NS water supply report card

 

65

Study West Pond, reservoir in Magnolia, for volume of water and means to reduce dam failure.

 

66

Watershed wide assessment of DEPs Survey of Public Water Supply

 

Land Use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

67

Composting sites

 

68

Fund comprehensive assessment of land use at subwatershed scale

 

69

Open space - Essex County Buy Local program

 

70

Open space - High Rock Park

 

71

Open space - Loeb Estate

 

72

Open space - Nahant CPA

 

73

Rezoning for OSRD

 

Invasive Species

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

74

Conduct removal of water chestnuts - Reedy Meadow, Pillings Pond

 

75

Evaluate and remove phragmites - Saugus River watershed.

 

76

Evaluate purple loosestrife eradication

 

77

Invasive species - Salem Sound

 

78

Invasive species survey - coastal/marine

*

*

 

79

Invasive species survey inland

*

 

80

Phragmites proliferation in Smallpox Brook

*

*

 


 


Goals →
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Issues ↓

*

*

Ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

81

Anadromous Fish restoration in Saugus River, North River, Crane River (rainbow smelt)

*

*

82

Bike trail development

83

Coyote survey at Town Line Brook

*

84

DEP Wetland program applications

*

*

85

Designate Reedy Meadow as ACEC

86

Develop TMDLs for NCW targeted subwatersheds.

87

Enhance spawning habitat for anadromous fish in Saugus River.

*

*

*

88

Evaluate feasibility of fish ladder installation along Saugus River at LWSC Dam.

*

89

Evaluate potential fish spawning habitat in Saugus watershed, upstream of LWSC Dam.

*

90

Ground truth Sites-of-Concern data base

*

*

*

91

Habitat restoration project assessment teams

92

Host focus groups on open space

*

93

Identify large parcels for conservation

94

Implement marsh restoration projects included in the Rumney Marshes ACEC Salt Marsh Restoration Plan.

95

Land acquisition plan

96

List 21E Soils and contaminated sediments.

*

97

Permanent protection of ACEC habitat

98

Quantify economic benefits of open space

*

*

99

Watershed-wide open space plan


 

 

Goals →
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Issues ↓

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Outreach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

Attend MCM/NS monthly workshops for Boards of Health and Conservation Commissions.

*

*

101

Attend monthly meetings of regional planning organizations where possible.

*

102

Conduct outreach to schools, local communities, businesses and residents to prevent illegal dumping in the Saugus watershed.

*

*

103

Contact major industries within watershed

*

*

*

*

104

Dialogue with local Chambers of Commerce - include conservation groups

*

*

*

*

105

Distribute NCW video to libraries and schools

106

Earth Day activities

107

High School outreach programs

108

Include existing groups in Watershed Team

109

Info on grant opportunities

110

Liaison from HealthLink

111

Liaison with Ipswich River reps re: Lake Wenham & drinking water

112

Provide logistical / technical support for local activities.

113

Publicize EPA bacterial survey of Smallpox Brook

114

Publicize grant funding opportunities from CZM, EPA, EOEA, DEP, and others

115

Regional training sessions for local ZBAs & Planning Boards

116

Support circuit rider positions for local boards of health, conservation commissions

117

Visioning conferences: Saugus River, Salem Sound, agricultural land, other topics





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