Appendix D: Previous Goals

The Watershed Team defined the following list of goals and priorities in 2002, prior to the initiation of this Action Plans process. It represents a snapshot of the priorities at the time, as well as a major source of input for the list of issues in the Action Plan.

Goal 1: Restore and Protect Water Quality

Restore and Protect the Water Quality of the North Coastal Watersheds Rivers, Streams, Lakes, Ponds and Coastal Marine Waters.

Objective 1.1 Minimize point sources of pollution throughout the watershed

Proposed actions for the next five years:

         Eliminate CSOs in Gloucester complete separation of sanitary sewers from storm drainage systems

         Eliminate CSOs in LWSC complete sewer complete separation of sanitary sewers from storm drainage systems

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

         Reissue major NPDES permits recommend inclusion of receiving monitoring requirements into permits.

         Update minor NPDES permits.

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

Objective 1.2 Identify and minimize nonpoint sources of pollution throughout the watershed.

Proposed actions for the next five years

         Implement best management practices within Town Line Brook subbasins to address nonpoint pollution sources.

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

         Monitor water quality from stormwater drainage from Stacy Creek stormwater drainage system as it discharges onto the DCR (MDC) Kings Beach.

         Continue and expand stormwater monitoring through regular bacterial sampling of streams and outfalls in the Salem Sound watershed.

         Work with Salem Sound municipal and community partners to uncover the sources of this nonpoint pollution and remediate the problems.

         Assist MDMF to conduct sanitary surveys of the Rumney Marsh shellfish growing areas.

         Ground truth Sites of Concern data base Priority Project

         Incorporate Sites of Concern database into 2002 North Coastal Watersheds Assessment Report.

         Incorporate EPA bacterial survey of Smallpox Brook into 2002 North Coastal Watersheds Assessment Report.

         Develop TMDLs for NCW targeted subwatersheds.

         Conduct assessment study on thermal discharge impacts in Saugus River estuary.

         Work with DEP/ Phase II coordinators, Regional planners and municipal officials to develop funding mechanisms for funding Phase II storm drainage improvements and maintenance as recommended in. Phase II compliance. Project # 01-09/MWI Priority Project.

Objective 1.3 Remediate and prevent the spread of invasive species

Proposed actions for the next five years

         Conduct a survey of coastal marine waters for invasive species

         Evaluate the effectiveness of Purple Loosestrife eradication measures

         Target salt marsh areas for restoration and elimination of Phragmites australis

         Prioritize findings from synoptic surveys of 1997/1998 to develop remediation plans.

         Review current information on 303d waterbodies list in watershed

Goal 2: Build a Sense of Stewardship

Build a Sense of Stewardship within the watershed.

Objective 2.1 Expand the membership of the North Coastal Watersheds Team

Proposed actions for the next five years

         Partner with SRWC, USGS and Gomez and Sullivan to conduct Visioning conference on the Saugus River

         Develop a dialogue with local Chambers of Commerce

         Renew contacts with major industries within watershed

 

Objective 2.2 Strengthen regional and local watershed advocacy groups and activities

Proposed actions for the next five years

         Provide logistical and / or technical support for local activities.

         Advise team membership of grant opportunities provide letters of support for local projects which are consistent with Team goals and objectives.

         Support local cleanup projects.

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

         Attend monthly meetings of regional planning organizations where possible.

 

Objective 2.3 Promote environmental education and awareness

(at the municipal level and with the public at large)

Proposed actions for the next five years

         Continue Partnership with Project Link

         Apply for Roundtable funding to conduct a series of workshops for local boards to effectively address Chapter 40B

         Revisit with the assistance of MAS/NS water supply report card.

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

 

Goal 3 Improve Physical Functions

Improve the Watersheds Physical Characteristics and Functions

Objective 3.1 Reduce flooding events

Proposed actions for the next five years

         Implement recommendations by GeoSyntec Town Line Brook

         Complete hydrological study of Saugus River as part of GI RECONN proposal.

         Evaluate suitable methods to reduce flooding in Mill River.

         Upgrade drainage infrastructure of Saugus River downstream of LWSC Diversion to include removal of downed tree limbs, collapsed drainage structures at Spring and Water St Lynnfield, excess sediments in Rt128/Rt95 culvert collapsed retaining wall downstream of Rt 128/Rt95 and above Salem Street culvert.

         Evaluate the feasibility of reestablishing the original Linden Brook crossing under Rt 1 and the development of Overlook Ridge on the Malden/Revere boundary

         Complete hydrological study of Town Line Brook as part of GI RECONN proposal

         Complete hydrological study of North River as part of GI RECONN proposal.

         Assist Saugus River Watershed Commission in the implementation of an environmentally protective solution to the chronic flooding of Reedy Meadow.

         Reengage Smallpox Brook stream team, MHD and Fisheries and Game officials to establish remediation plans to improve flowage, reduce the proliferation of the invasive species Phragmites sp. as bordering vegetated wetlands.

 

Objective 3.2 Improve and enhance ecosystem functions

Proposed actions for the next five years

         Conduct a comprehensive natural resource assessment of the Reedy Meadow revisit feasibility of designating Reedy Meadow as an ACEC with DCR (DEM)

         Conduct feasibility / cost benefit analysis study to improve the functionality, responsiveness and the safety of operating the Town Line Brook self regulating tide gates.

         Implement a limited dredging of Town Line Brook between Trifone Brook and SRTs to increase flood storage and improve flood routing, incorporate enhancement of spawning habitat for anadromous fish into overall remedial plan.

Goal 4 Support Sustainable Growth

Support Sustainable Growth in the Watershed.

Objective 4.1 Continue regional land use planning

(including implementation to ensure protection of watershed resources and environment)

Proposed actions for the next five years

         Support the Green Neighborhood Alliance

         Fund a regional circuit rider position on the to assist municipalities in promoting zoning / planning boards in acceptance of Conservation Subdivision design as an alternative to Standard Subdivision planning.

         Resubmit as a Priority funded project a series of regional training sessions for local ZBAs, Planning Boards and other municipal officials on Comprehensive Permitting Chapter 40b.

         Fund a comprehensive assessment of land use at the subwatershed scale for the North Coastal Watersheds link Sites of Concern database into Assessment Report.

 

Objective 4.2 Plan for adequate water supply to meet growth in demand

Proposed actions for the next five years

         Revisit with the assistance of MAS/NS water supply report card.

         Conduct a watershed wide assessment of DEPs Comprehensive Survey of Public Water Supply

Objective 4.3 Redevelop abandoned and under utilized properties.

This topic will be considered by the NCW Team and developed accordingly.

Goal 5 Implement the Grow Smart North Shore Open Space Plan

Objective 5.1 Preserve open space and BIO Map core areas

This topic will be considered by the NCW Team and developed accordingly.

Objective 5.2 Provide for regional recreation opportunities

This topic will be considered by the NCW Team and developed accordingly.





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