Appendix E. Accomplishments of previous years

E1. Open Space

Accomplishments:

1998

Applied for Roundtable funding to Implement the concept of Sustainable Development in Land Use and Growth Management Foster the growing alliance of diverse and historically antagonistic land use stakeholders to work together to design innovative development strategies that protect water resources, and biodiversity while promoting development which is sustainable, of high quality, and profitable. Through upfront collaboration, this New Alliance will create a win-win situation where open space and the most critical water and biological resources can be protected and maintained while the number of lots developed can be maximized and the development costs and regulatory process reduced. Specifically, this project will solidify the growing alliance between conservation commissions, town planners, open space committees, realtors, developers and engineers to work together to develop a shared vision for water resources and land conservation. Funding is needed to develop planning tools and models and implementation strategies for communities to include: A complete build-out analyzes; for an extensive education and outreach program targeted towards professionals, municipal officials and volunteers about alternative design opportunities and the need for planning to promote acceptance of innovative development patterns and regional efforts which protect the North Coastal Watersheds’ s remaining open spaces and water resources. Priority Project

 

1999

Recommended additional funding to acquire land within the Saugus River Watershed and the Great Marsh ACEC

Hosted leadership of Essex County Greenbelt, Trustees of the Reservation at North Coastal Watersheds Team meeting on open space planning

 

2000

Adopted the Grow Smart North Shore plan presented by Harvard School of Design and the MAPC/NSTF as the NCW comprehensive Open Space plan.

Executive Office of Environmental Affairs $1,000,000 in funds are committed annually to acquiring land respectively within the Saugus River Watershed and the Great Marsh.

Worked with DCR (MDC) and SWRC in the identification of suitable parcels of land for acquisition as part of the Saugus River Greenways Project.

Provided letters of endorsements grant submittals by the towns of Hamilton, Peabody, Saugus and Wakefield to EOEA Conservation Services for Open Space.

Wakefield was recently awarded a Self Help grant for $250,000 for the acquisition of the Lanai Island restaurant property located along the shores of Lake Quannapowitt.

Greenways and Trails Demonstration Grant Greenways and Trails Demonstration Grant Recipient: Essex County Trail Association – Ipswich to Crane Beach Trail.  Project Summaries: Essex County Trail Association is working to create a safe, multi-use path from the Town of Ipswich to Crane Beach, linking natural, historical and recreational amenities along Argilla Road for people of all ages and all abilities. The goal is to locate a 4.2-miletrail within the public right of way while maintaining the scenic character of the road, protecting natural resources, and connecting to other regional trail initiatives. The trail will be designed primarily for walkers, joggers, slow speed bicycles and cross-country skiing in the winter. $5,000

Greenways and Trails Demonstration Grant Greenways and Trails Demonstration Grant Recipient: Malden Redevelopment Authority – Bike to the Sea Survey. Project Summaries: Bike to the Sea, Inc. (B2C) has been promoting efforts to place a multi-use trail along the inactive Saugus Branch Rail line. The trail will begin at the Mystic River near the Amelia Earhart Dam in Everett, cross through Malden, run along the Rumney Marsh ACEC in Revere and then traverse the Saugus River Reservation through Saugus and Lynn. B2C and the Saugus River Watershed Council (SRWC) funded a conceptual design of the trail. This grant will be used to develop the conceptual design into an engineering design and survey. $5,000 Towns Affected: Everett, Malden, Revere, Saugus and Lynn.

 

Applied for Roundtable funding for Sustainable Development/Growth Management As part of the North Coastal Watersheds team’s overall approach to provide watershed communities with the necessary innovative tools and training to implement Sustainable Development/Growth Management techniques a request is made for $50,000 to implement this approach within a city and town work. In FY99, the team carried out an innovative growth management project that provided towns with a model public outreach program, innovative regulatory tools including a model bylaw, and build out assessment information. These tools are necessary for towns to adopt sustainable development practices to protect open space and natural resources. This approach promotes a development design that protects primary conservation interests within a parcel, while not sacrificing the density requirements of the developer thereby meeting both economic and environmental goals. Funding $25,000 for each community will be used to draft public outreach documents and conduct workshops, target specific stakeholders (developers, local officials, landowners and citizens). The citizens of that community will also use the money to revise applicable regulations tool specific to each municipality and work with the respective community Planning Boards and Executive Branch for approval. Projected costs $50,000 Priority Project

 

2001

The Teams efforts to deal with Open Space in coincided with the issuance of Executive Order 418 and the passage of the Community Preservation Act. The importance of Open Space was a feature issue in each of the local “Community buildout presentations “. The content of each presentation was coordinated with the local planning boards, relevant regional planning agency and EOEA Boston office to include significant local and regional open space issues. The presentations were typically 30 minutes in length before the Board of Selectman or City Counsel. We discussed the implications of full buildout on the community’s open space, water quantity and infrastructure. We provided each community with details of how they could access the $30,000 worth of planning services provided under EO418. Provided an overview of the Community Preservation Act and linked the North Coastal Watersheds Initiative with the interests of Open Space, Historical Preservation and Affordable Housing.

Received funding through Roundtable to hire an “Open Space” circuit rider to work with communities Regional Priority Project

The NCW team leader as worked directly with DCR (MDC) Land Acquisition Agent Jim Comeau, SRWC and others in pursuing acquisition opportunities.

Successfully coordinated and conducted with MAPC, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) and EOEA Boston “local build out” and Community Preservation Act presentations with 16 communities within the NCW

Lynn Boston St land acquisition creation of 2-acre urban park SRWC, city of Lynn, DCR (MDC)

MDC land acquisition Walden Pond LWSC, Friends of Lynn Woods, MHD landowner

Self Help Grant to town of Manchester by the Sea to acquire “old Surf Restaurant site” for conversion to a park.

 

E2. Habitat

Accomplishments:

Much of the work has been sponsored by 8T&TB, Rumney Marsh ACEC Task Force, the Great Marsh ACEC Task Force and in cooperation with local communities, EOEA Wetlands Banking and Restoration Program (WBRP), MCZM/North Shore, SSCW, MAPC and MAS/NS. Team support has involved direct participation, site assessment and the writing of endorsement letters to the various funding sources. Estimated total acreage impacted 100 acres of salt marsh and 100 acres of shellfish beds.

Assisted in the presentation of a series of workshops (3) on Stormwater Best Management case studies at the local DPW level. MCZM/NS, MHD and ATP Environmental. Regional Priority Project.

Funded through EOEA WBRP salt marsh coordinator position $35,000 Regional Priority Project

Site restoration projects include:

Argilla Rd. Ipswich, installation of a larger culvert to increase tidal flooding and promote the regrowth of salt marsh and control the expansion of the invasive plants Phragmites sp.

Conomo Pt. Essex, installation of a larger culvert to increase tidal influences to promote the regrowth of salt marsh and control the expansion of Phragmites sp.

Installation of self regulating tide gates at 7 tidal crossings along Rt1A in Revere, improved flood control, healthier salt marsh, City of Revere, EPA, MCZM, RMTF, DEP/NERO/WW

Installation of self-regulating tide gates at Town Line Brook Revere/Saugus.

Proposed installation of a self-regulating tide gate structure at Oak Island, Revere. This project was funded by a grant from the USFWS. Progress towards the installation of a Self regulating tide gate structure at Oak Island, Revere and related work will result substantially improve tidal flowage and flood protection to the extensive Eastern County Ditch and the restoration of 30 acres of degraded salt marsh. Project has complex engineering and permitting issues, City of Revere, EOEA/WBRP, MBTA, DEP/NERO; project is partially funded by a grant from the USFWS.

Worked with multi agency task force in the development of the Ballard Street salt marsh restoration in Saugus Project has complex engineering and permitting issues EOEA/WBRP, EPA, RMTF, DEP/NERO/WW, DCR (MDC), and Town of Saugus, MHD.

Installation of Vortex Unit pollution control system to a stormwater drainage system discharging to the Forest River in Salem. The project was funded through a MCZM CPR grant to the city of Salem. Salem partnered with SSCW and engineering consultant Metcalf & Eddy to assist in wet weather monitoring

 EOEA #12063 Rockport - Saratoga Creek Salt Marsh Restoration Project, between Saratoga Court and Seaview Street on Thatcher Road (Route 127). Phase II - restoration of 4,110 square feet of salt marsh and restoration of 880 square feet/1160 linear feet of mosquito ditching. An accumulation of sediments and intrusion of Phragmites have degraded the salt marsh area. 99-01/WRBP Sawmill Brook $ 6,200

Salisbury Blackwater Salt Marshes: an ACOE project that widened the RT 286 Bridge has resulted in increased flooding to Salisbury homes bordering the marshes. ACOE has been charged with the task of designing a structure or method to alleviate the increased flooding in the least intrusive manner as possible. The project has involved federal, state and local authorities. Permitting and design has been complicated.

Provided support of a MCZM CPR project to conduct water quality sampling of stormwater discharging to a MAS/NS “Thicket” Sanctuary in Nahant

Final Rumney Marsh Salt marsh Restoration Plan submitted for review and comment.

Town Line Brook Project A complex project within a 3500-acre subwatershed of the Saugus River. The long terms goals include, the reopening of 75 acres of grossly contaminated shellfish beds, minimizing flooding within abutting neighborhoods, eliminating chronic bacterial contamination due to sewer surcharging, restoration of 3 acres of degraded salt marsh TLB Advisory Board, TLB Task Force.

Submitted a total of four projects for funding under the USACOE General Investigation Reconnaissance Mass Bays (GI/ RECONN/MB) program for ecological restoration projects within the Saugus River, Town Line Brook, North River and Forest River. Projects would address anadromous fish restoration, flood protection, pollution reduction, salt marsh restoration, SRWC, SSCW, communities Revere, Peabody, Lynnfield, Salem, Saugus,

Funded a 1-year monitoring program to optimize settings of the self-regulating tide gates at Town Line Brook Revere/Saugus. TLB MET $18,000.

City of Lynn

City: Lynn Summary of Project: The project at Sluice Pond is to control the spread of the non-native aquatic plant, Eurasian Milfoil, with the use of herbicides. The aquatic plant is affecting recreational pursuits and the ecosystem of the pond. Also included is an algaecide treatment to control filamentous algae in the pond. Grant Award: $3,500

Working with City of Gloucester, local residents, DEP/Wetlands/NERO and DCR (DEM) Office of Dam Safety to secure protection at the West Pond dam.                                                                                       

E3. Water Quality

1997 Accomplishments

The NCW team leader assisted DEP WSM personnel in development of an effective monitoring program, collected samples in accordance with the Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) (DEP 1998a). Transported samples to the laboratory.

Engaged the services of agencies US Geological Services USGS and DCR (DEM) personnel to supplement the water sample collections with complimentary flow monitoring data for DEP/WSM, DMF and SRWC.

Worked with City of Gloucester Public Health officials and Massachusetts Audubon Society/NS on completing “Assessment of On-site Sewage disposal Related Pollution in Gloucester Waters” a 604b grant #96-02/604b $49,536.

Provided review and comment and a letter of support that assisted DMF in receiving a 104b grant #97-08/104 to expand the number of stations and water quality parameters in the DMF “Salem Sound Marine Resource Study.”

Linked the DMF study and DEP/WSM studies by the inclusion of DMF’s freshwater/tidally influenced water quality stations into the DEP/WSM sampling program for the North Coastal Watersheds. The effect was to increase the data collection at these key stations for both organizations.

Completed synoptic surveys of all lakes and ponds greater than 10 acres in size.

 

1998 Issues Water quality data collections by DEP/WSM were limited to once per month at roughly 20 stations. Data was largely reflective of summer and low flow conditions. In addition significant gaps existed in watershed-wide coverage, and in the frequency of sampling. All nine major NPDES permits have expired and need to be updated one of them the General Electric plant in Lynn has problems of non compliance associated with the release of oil and grease from its stormwater discharge system. Data exists in many different forms, has generally not been compiled, analyzed or formatted into status and trend assessments.

Strategies Extend the sampling rounds within the Salem Sound and Saugus River subregions into the winter and early spring season to provide data during higher flow conditions. Team Leader will serve as the principal conduit for the exchange of information and data between the various sampling programs during data assessment. Develop a comprehensive library of relevant reports, documents and studies applicable in the North Coastal Watersheds. DEP/NERO has concluded that the Watershed approach can be best administered within the Northeast by maintaining the Division/Section chain of command with respect to compliance and enforcement issues. It has expanded the Watershed approach to cover multi-media issues to include programs within the Bureau of Waste Prevention and Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup. The Municipal Services Section has been reformatted to provide for improved customer service and regional coordination for programs such as State Revolving fund (SRF), Title 5 Financial Assistance, Technical Assistance activities and outreach programs. Continue to provide logistical and technical support to DEP/DWPC/NERO staff on projects in the NCW.

The lack of recent watershed wide assessments and the inability to marshal sufficient resources suggests focusing efforts at a smaller scale. The NCW opted for the subwatershed scale. Lessons learned from managing the Commonwealth’s s6217 Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program suggested that the size of most watersheds was most conducive to engendering local community participation of municipal officials and citizens with respect to abilities and the availability of resources. The size of most subwatersheds allows for a thorough assessment of the problems. Incremental improvements can often be made at funding levels available through a number of grant programs that are readily available. The subwatershed scale also facilitates the establishment of procedures to properly evaluate success or failure with minimal influences. Link the local community interests with Federal/state and local programs and authorities, example select waterbodies included on the Commonwealth’s 303d that exhibit common sources of impairment, utilize funds through 604b assessment studies to gather sufficient information to highlight a particular cause or source of impairment. Included in each assessment a list of suggested actions. Involve the local communities to discuss and contribute to the knowledge base, and map out the activities to affect resolutions. Foster and promote communications between the local communities and regulator communities, partnerships and leverage funds, seek common goals between communities. Prioritize efforts in four subwatersheds distributed across the watershed to promote spatial integration and facilitate collaboration problem solving on similar issues, include the areas targeted by DEP/WSM.

 

Accomplishments

Identified a potential inventory of 93 municipal and industrial NPDES wastewater discharges within the North Coastal Watersheds that need to be updated to reflect their current status.

Worked with DEP/NERO/GIS and DFWELE Riverways to develop a map of the North Coastal Basin and all its principal subwatersheds for use for outreach purposes, planning and in the development of subwatershed TMDL estimates.

The NCW team leader assisted DEP WSM personnel in development of an effective monitoring program, collected and transported samples to laboratory following an approved QAPP protocols.

Assisted DEP/DWPC/NERO and EPA Region 1 staff to update the files, reporting requirements necessary to bring the City of Lynn into compliance with the terms and conditions of their Consent Judgment #76-2184-G.

Collaborated with DCR (MDC), Lynn Water and Sewer Commission (LWSC) and DEP/DWPC/NERO on the monitoring of the Stacey Creek outfall and bacterial contamination at the DCR (MDC) beach.

Met with personnel from Endicott College and SSCW to improve QA/QC procedures for bacteria sampling and analysis.

Attended USGS sponsored presentation on their National Water-Quality Assessment (NAQWA) program study of urbanized watersheds. Initial planning and a “retrospective analysis” to review all existing information in the study unit will be performed during 1997 and 1998. This will be followed by three years of intensive data collection and interpretation. Primary reports will be completed in 2002, followed by two years of lower-level assessment activities. Although standard protocols for sampling are followed in all the study units nation-wide, there is some flexibility in the study design to address local issues. This is where the MADEP may wish to make recommendations for investigating areas of interest or concern identified by the watershed teams, etc. USGS will perform water quality sampling at both “integrator” (lower end of the watershed) sites and “indicator” (further up in the watershed) sites regularly for two years as well as adding some synoptic surveys to broaden the spatial coverage. Bed sediment and fish tissue analyses will also be performed. Finally, benthic invertebrate, fish, and algae population studies will be conducted. Fieldwork in this study unit is scheduled to begin in summer, 1998. Working with USGS and DEP/WSM recommended inclusion of the Saugus River in the study.

Assisted DEP/WSM staff in the preparation of the North Coastal Watersheds 1997/1998 Water Quality Assessment Report. Including data collected during the past year by MDMF, SSCW, Gloucester BOH, DCR (MDC), and SRWC.

Applied for Roundtable monies to conduct a Water Quality Assessment on 4 subwatersheds. The project description is as follows: select four subwatersheds which exhibit a common water quality or resource problem such as raw/dry weather sewage discharges, contaminated storm water, inadequate riverine buffers or invasive aquatic plant species. . Compile, review and interpret pertinent data sets such as but not limited to water quality data, land use, bioassessments, resource data, compile all references into a master compilation and 4 regional reference bases, identify data gaps to be addressed in next watershed cycle $50,000 Priority Project.

Collaborated with DEP/NERO personnel to work on the following community based projects:

Salisbury has recently completed an extension of its sewer main up Rt. 1A to the New Hampshire State Line. Property owners are in the process of completing ties into the system at this time. Town has applied for permits to extend sewer line up to the Salisbury Industrial Park.

Rockport is currently under an Administrative Order # 835, which restricts the number of new connections to the system except in the case of written authorization by the Board of Health due to ground water compliance problem with outfall at Long Beach.

Lynn is under Joint Federal/State Consent Judgment #76-2184-G to eliminate all CSOs and to address contaminated stormwater.

Gloucester is under a Joint Federal/State Judgment to correct on-site system failures in the North Gloucester area. Once the North Gloucester work is done, the city will then focus of the CSOs. To the city’s credit, it has aggressively tackled the on-site problems, implemented a Wastewater Management Plan and received funding through the Commonwealth’s State Revolving Fund (SRF).

Essex has entered into a Consent Judgment #96-2209B with the Commonwealth to address the discharge of pollutants from the town’s storm drainage facilities into Essex Coastal Waters. A source of the pollutants has been identified as failing septic systems that are directly or indirectly tied into the storm drainage system. The town has agreed to implement a Core Area Water Pollution Abatement Program and submit a Wastewater Management Plan in accordance with the terms of the Final Judgment.

Manchester is under an Administrative Consent Order #844, which restricts the number of new connections into the system except by written authorization by the Board of Health and requires the town to conduct I&I removal operations and update the existing POTW. The Manchester POTW was upgraded from primary to a full secondary facility as of August 1998 per the requirements of the Administrative Consent Order AP-BO-92-101.

 

1999 Accomplishments

Conducted a Comprehensive Data Assessment in four (4) representative sub watersheds Saugus River, North River, Gloucester Harbor and Smallpox Brook. Contract awarded to the North Coastal Alliance (SSCW, SRWC, MAS) $49,992 #99-11 Priority Project.

Worked with Salem Sound 2000s “Clean Beaches Clean Streams” program by collecting concurrent bacteria samples from storm drains discharging onto local beaches and having them analyzed at the Commonwealths Wall Experiment Station. This allowed DEP to utilize its data in future legal proceedings and verify results obtained by SSCW.

Assisted DEP/DWPC/NERO staff in the collection of samples at CSO locations in Lynn and in bringing Lynn into compliance with the terms and conditions of their Consent Judgment #76-2184-G.

Culled outdated list of municipal and industrial NPDES wastewater discharges within the North Coastal Watersheds working with DEP/WSM permitting group DEP/DWPC/NERO, DEP/BWP/industrial branch and USEPA Region 1 Permitting section.

City of Gloucester Public Health officials and Massachusetts Audubon Society/NS on completed “Assessment of On-site Sewage disposal Related Pollution in Gloucester Waters” a 604b grant #96-02/604b. The tributary systems to the Annisquam River including Little River, Jones River and the Rust Island system were also sampled. The report indicates improving conditions (pre 1990 vs. post 1990 data) and lower bacteria counts in Hucks Cove.

Collaborated with DCR (MDC), LWSC and DEP/DWPC/NERO on the monitoring of the Stacey Creek outfall and bacterial contamination at the DCR (MDC) beach.

Applied for Roundtable monies to fund a study directed to addressing findings of the 1999 Priority Project Targeting and Eliminating Untreated Sewage Discharges in Four Subwatersheds in the NCW $60,000 Priority Project

Applied for Roundtable monies to assist local communities in their implementation of Phase II Stormwater Compliance requirements. VHB in their series of workshops on Technical Assistance for NPDES Stormwater Phase II Compliance (FY01 Priority Project MWI 01-09) Priority Project.

Applied for Roundtable funds directed to identifying contaminated or severely altered sites such as brownfield sites, Ch 21e sites, landfills or abandoned gravel pits which are suitable for reclamation and adjacent to open space or recreation areas. Priority Project.

2000 Accomplishments

Provided DWPC/NERO and DEP/WSM with finalized list of 9 major NPDES permittees and 27 minor discharge permits. (For a complete list see Appendix I).

Team Leader collected bacteria samples from street drains discharging onto local beaches within greater Salem Sound to assist DEP/NERO in the verification of chronic bacterial contamination documented by the SSCW Clean Beaches Clean Streams monitoring program.

Worked with DEP USEPA and General Electric Lynn to receive permitting approval to upgrade stormwater system to capture and treat dry weather flows and oil and grease currently discharging to Saugus River estuary.

As part of Phase I of the LWSC CSO facilities plan, the flow coming from the Lynn side of the system was separated from the Swampscott side of the drainage. The Sanderson Avenue overflow discharges approximately 200 MG/year of CSO (without Phase I separation) at a frequency of approximately 40x/year. Upon completion of Phase II, outfall #006 will be eliminated.

Served on the Town of Essex Facility Planning Task Force.

Worked closely with the DEP’s Division of Watershed Management to produce

 North Coastal 1997/1998 Water Quality Assessment Report.

Worked with the North Coastal Alliance by providing data sources, review and comment for the report entitled “North Coastal Alliance Water Quality Assessment in four targeted subwatersheds Gloucester Harbor, North River, Saugus River and Smallpox Brook.”#99-11 Priority Project

Applied for Roundtable funding to conduct an inventory and evaluation of Brownfield sites for Redevelopment or Land Reclamation Brownfield sites within the NCW Priority Project.

Provided review and comments to the MDMF draft study of “Marine Resources of Salem Sound.”

Participated in the SSCW sponsored Symposium on the State of Salem Sound.

Worked with DEP’s Bureau of Waste Site Control, William X Wall Experiment Station and the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt in the collection of sediment samples from the lake to supplement a Phase I Initial Site Investigation, Tier Classification and Imminent Hazard Evaluation of a former coal gasification plant.

Assisted DEP/MS and the consulting firm of URS Consulting Group in crafting the scope of work, Quality Assurance Project Plan and in providing them local community contacts for a project entitled “Targeting and Eliminating Untreated Sewage Discharges in Four Subwatersheds in the North Coastal Watersheds.”

Project #00-08/MWI $60,000 Priority Project.

 

2001 Accomplishments

SSCW completed an approved EPA/ DEP Quality Assurance Program Plan to complement their successful “Clean Beaches Clean Streams” monitoring program. Documented results include, the elimination or reduction of bacterial contamination emanating from storm drains and the issuance of Notices of Non Compliance by DEP/NERO to the cities of Beverly and Salem, EPA, DEP/WSM,

Continued assisting the communities of Essex and Gloucester towards completion of an intermunicipal agreement to pump wastewater from the town Essex to the Gloucester’s wastewater treatment system, Essex/Gloucester Task Force, DCR (DEM). The agreement benefits both communities and eliminates the potential discharge of municipal wastewater to the Essex River and the Great Marsh ACEC.

Removed an estimated 10 tons of debris from Town Line Brook during 2 days of volunteer cleanup, organized by SRWC, participants included City of Revere DPW, DCR (MDC), MA State Representative Kathi Ann Reinstein, Revere Mayor Ambrosino, GE, RESCO and 130 volunteers,

MCZM awards 3 Coastal Pollution Remediation grants, Cities of Revere, Trifone Brook (FY2000, $30,000), Trifone Brook (FY 2001, BMP implementation $20,000), Malden, Linden Brook (FY 01, $30,000) tributaries to Town Line Brook. Cities of Revere, Malden, Everett, TLB Advisory Group, SRWC, engineering consultants ATP Environmental and GeoSyntec,

Assisted DEP and the consulting firm of URS Consulting Group in rescoping a project entitled “Targeting and Eliminating Untreated Sewage Discharges in Four Subwatersheds in the North Coastal Watersheds” communities of Gloucester, Salisbury, Salem, Peabody, and Saugus. Project #00-08/MWI Priority Project.

Collected and analyzed sediment samples from Town Line Brook in concert with engineering consultant GeoSyntec and the Massachusetts DEP’s Bureau of Waste Site Control, William X. Wall Experiment Station TLB Task Force,

Conduct an inventory and evaluation of Brownfield sites for Redevelopment or Land Reclamation Brownfield sites within the NCW, Boston and NERO BWSC, EOEA Brownfield Coordinator, USEPA, $28,445 Daylor Associates, EOEA Priority Project

Contracted with engineering consultant Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) to conduct a series of workshops and provide technical assistance to 15 watershed municipalities to their implementation of NPDES Stormwater Phase II Compliance (FY01 Priority Project MWI 01-09) $54,000 Priority Project

Attended NAWQA/USGS Urban Rivers Workshop,

Worked with MCZM, SSCW and SESD in approval to fund the development of a Pollutant Transport Model for Salem Sound study by Engineering consultant ASA.

Continued assisting DEP/NERO/Municipal Services and Lynn Water and Sewer Commission in removing pollution sources within the municipal wastewater and storm drainage systems.

General Electric Lynn upgrades stormwater system to treat dry weather flows and reduce the discharge of oil and grease.

Continued assisting DEP/NERO/Municipal Services and City of Gloucester in removing pollution sources within the municipal wastewater and storm drainage systems.

Removed an estimated 3 tons of debris from tidal/fresh reach of North River during a volunteer cleanup organized by Massachusetts Community Water Watch Partnership, sponsored by SSCW, participants included City of Salem DPW and students from North Shore Community College. Located and reported to DEP/DWPC/NERO an illegal sewage discharge.

Worked with DEP BWSC and FOLQ in development of a Phase I Initial Site Investigation, Tier Classification and Imminent Hazard Evaluation of former coal gasification plant Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield.

City of Gloucester and town of Rockport have entered into an intermunicipal agreement to connect the Long Beach section of Rockport into the City of Gloucester Wastewater treatment system. The agreement benefits both communities and eliminates a long outstanding pollution problem attributed to poor individual subsurface disposal facilities.

 

2002 The team’s strategy to addressing contaminated stormwater will continue along several fronts. Efforts are prioritized within the four targeted subwatersheds of the Saugus River, North River, Gloucester Harbor and Smallpox Brook. However we will assist efforts elsewhere within the where community interest and support is active. Our strategy going forward is to assist the NCW communities in the development and implementation of Phase II Stormwater Plans that meet the EPA requirements and the targeted dates for submittal of March 10, 2003.

Accomplishments

We have provided to DEP Phase II coordinators all of the materials developed and presented by consultant VHB in their series of workshops on Technical Assistance for NPDES Stormwater Phase II Compliance. These materials and follow up assistance by the NCWT should allow DEP to better serve the NCW communities with timely and up to date assistance consistent with their needs and progress towards meeting Phase II compliance. Project # 01-09/MWI Priority Project.

Applied for Roundtable monies to provide technical assistance to local communities in stormwater mapping incompliance with NPDES Stormwater Phase II requirements. Priority Project

Work with communities who have applied for DEP/SRF grants for implementing Phase II stormwater management plans

Coordinated with USEPA region 1 NPDES permitting Program, DEP/WSM NPDES permitting program, MDFM, GE Lynn and RESCO to examine potential for synergistic effects of thermal discharges on anadromous fish migrations in the Saugus River.

Continue technical assistance and support for the Town Line Brook Project. A complex project with long terms goals of reopening of 75 acres of grossly contaminated shellfish beds, minimizing flooding within abutting neighborhoods, eliminating chronic bacterial contamination due to sewer surcharging, restoration of 3 acres of degraded salt marsh TLB Advisory Board, TLB Task Force.

DEP/NERO has recently indicated that it will be establishing a Task Force to oversee the release of RESCO Penalty funds for remediation projects within the Rumney Marsh ACEC. Funds are estimated to be in excess of $600,000.

The FY01 Priority Project Prioritize Brownfield sites within the NCW will be completed within this calendar year the NCWT will work with the data base, DEP/BWSC and local communities to test its’ applicability for tracking brownfields at the community and regional levels and the relationship to sensitive resources as identified in the “Bio Mapping Project of Core Habitats and Supporting Natural Landscapes within the NCW.

 

E4. Water Quantity

1997 Accomplishments

DEP conducts underground injection control inspections and Zone II delineation for wellhead protection.

DEP to review water supply permits, new technology approval permits, water treatment permits, and cross connection permits.

 

Accomplishments

Project establishing a minimal base flow for the Saugus River. Project Description:

The Saugus River serves as a Drinking Water Supply largely under the control of the Lynn Water and Sewer Commission (LWSC). A series of legislative authorities granted in the late 1800’s provide the LWSC considerable latitude in diverting river water into its reservoir system. The upper reach of the Saugus River is frequently plagued by chronic low flows during the summer months as water is diverted into the LWSC reservoir system. Elevated water temperatures, low dissolved oxygen concentrations, dry river beds and poor biological diversity are all documented evidence of excessive water withdrawals. The US Geological Survey (USGS) as reestablished a flow-monitoring gauge at the Saugus Iron Works. Previous funded studies have recommended the establishment of a minimal flow requirement (Tashiro et al l991). There is a priority need to establish what the minimal base flow should be in order to improve the ecological health and designated uses of this valuable resource. $60,000 Priority Project.

DCR (DEM)’s Office of Water Resources will be reviewing demand projections for the basin in conjunction with DEP’s Water Management Act five-year review. Particular focus will be directed to Water Supply issue affecting the Saugus River withdrawals.

The entire North Shore has experienced serious drought conditions for much of the year. The NCW team followed the lead of the Ipswich Watershed team and provided bulletins and informational brochures to local water suppliers and users on water conservation practices.

Team members participated in a daylong forum sponsored by Cape Ann sustainable Growth Committee (CASC) on protecting Cape Ann’s water supplies

The team leader has worked with DEP/NERO/Drinking Water Program in reviewing and assessing compliance with Water Management Act permit requirements.

 

Accomplishments

In July 1999 DCR (DEM) issued a contract to conduct a $60,000 study entitled “Impacts on Stream flows in the Saugus River from Human Manipulation.” Funding for the project was received through the Roundtable for FY99 and work began in July 1999. However project oversight highlighted problems with the original contractor and the contract was terminated. Working closely with DCR (DEM), the Lynn Water Sewer Commission, the Saugus River Watershed Council and the Saugus River Watershed Commission, the contract was readvertised and a new vendor selected. Substantial progress towards meeting the original goals set out in the Scope of Work have been made since the contract was reissued $60,000 Priority Project.

The NCW team leader has worked closely with the DEP/NERO Drinking Water Program in the review and reissuance of Water Management Act permits within the NCW.

Worked with town of Rockport and Drinking Water Program on their Source Water Protection Program (SWAP).

Worked with MAS/NS on a “Water Supply Report Card” for Cape Ann municipalities.

Accomplishments

The NCW team leader has worked closely with the DEP/NERO Drinking Water Program in the review and reissuance of Gloucester Water Management Act permit.

 

2001 Accomplishments

Continued working with DCR (DEM) hydrologist Linda Marler, engineering consultant Gomez and Sullivan to complete a FY99 Roundtable entitled “Impacts on Stream flows in the Saugus River from Human Manipulation.” Noteworthy assistance has been provided by Richard Dawe Supervisor LWSC Water Division, SRWC, USGS, Kellie OKeefe of the DEP/NERO Water Management Act program Priority Project.

In addition, the NCW team leader has worked closely with the DEP/NERO Water Management Act program in the review of WMA permits throughout the NCW.

 Source water Protection grant Crystal Lake awarded to town of Wakefield 9-07/SWT $40,000

 

E5. Recreation

The team had not identified the element of recreation as a specific priority issue to be addressed by the team at this time. Often it is imbedded or included in open space planning and habitat issues. In the current Action Plan, recreation has been added as a goal, along with the economic aspects pertaining to increased recreation. 

E6. Local Capacity Building

 

1997 Accomplishments

Worked with City of Gloucester Public Health officials and Massachusetts Audubon Society/NS on completing “Assessment of On-site Sewage disposal Related Pollution in Gloucester Waters” a 604b grant #96-02/604b $49,536.

Provided stakeholders a public forum for their integration into the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative.

 

1998 Accomplishments

Salem Sound 2000 awarded a Capacity Building Grant $50,000.

Formation North River Stream Team by Riverways DFWELE

SSCW awarded 604(b) Grant “watershed Assessment for Four North Coastal Sub-Watersheds $49,992 Priority Project.

Funded the presentation of a series of workshops on Stormwater Best Management case studies at the local DPW level, MCZM/NS, MHD and ATP Environmental $30,000 Regional Priority Project.

Funded a program that sought to Implement the Concept of Sustainable Development into Land Use and Growth Management. MCZM/NS, MAPC, 8T&B, MAS $60,000 Priority Project.

 

1999 Accomplishments

Applied for Roundtable monies to organize a series of interactive forums (5), targeted to reach local officials, environmental groups and concerned citizens to present information compiled from a previous grant on the pollution sources, environmental conditions and natural resources within 4 subwatersheds. This project is seen as a natural progression from the funding of the 604b-assessment grant funded in fy99 entitled “Comprehensive Data Assessment in four (4) representative subwatersheds in the North Coastal Watersheds.” One of the keys to the success of the project is to continue the forging of working relationships between stakeholders across the spectrum of interests. This will be accomplished by the establishment of partnerships between the Watershed team leader and team members, key staff people in each community. Utilizing and building upon previous successful work efforts the team will convene an “introductory forum” bringing together targeted municipal staff from each community and the team to explain the overall goals and approach of the project and the deliverables they can expect based on their participation. $18,010 #00-09/MWI Priority Project.

Assisted in the presentation of a series of workshops (3) on Stormwater Best Management case studies at the local DPW level. MCZM/NS, MHD and ATP Environmental. Regional Priority Project.

Provided to the town of Rockport grant information to assist town in development of new water supply.

Met with leadership of Friends of Lake Quannapowitt to map cooperative efforts.

Attended “kick-off” meeting of local community leaders and Representative Peterson for Salem Sound 2000 innovative Clean Beaches and Stream Program.

Volunteer Monitoring Grants (2) awarded to SSCW in support of Clean Beaches and Stream Program $5,000 and $1,450.00.

 

2000 Accomplishments

DCR (DEM) Coastal Grants Access Grants Program $5,000.

MWI Watershed Stewardship Grant awarded to SSCW Clean Beaches and Stream Program Education and Monitoring $40,000.

Attended and assisted in the organization of the State of Salem Sound Symposium: Current Knowledge and Future Directions.

Meeting with Gloucester City councilor mapping out cooperative strategies on key issues

The North Coastal Alliance formed by SSCW, MAS/NS and the SRWC organized a series of interactive forums (5), targeted to reach local officials, environmental groups and concerned citizens with information compiled during previous grant about the pollution sources, environmental conditions and natural resources within 4 subwatersheds, North River, Saugus River, Gloucester Harbor, and Smallpox Brook. This will be accomplished in one general introductory forum and four individual community forums-one for each watershed. Forums provided North Coastal Watersheds Team with a set of objectives for each of the subwatersheds. $18,010 Project #00-09/MWI Priority Project.

The Smallpox Brook subwatershed forum prompted the formation of new Stream team. Participation included Salisbury residents, members of the local Board of Health, Selectmen, and the Salisbury Director of Planning. They recently completed a stream walk with assistance and training of the Riverways Program, 8T&B, and the NCW team leader. Priority Project

Attended meetings with DEP/NERO, MCZM, Massachusetts State Attorney General’s office and Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) to determine an appropriate recipient of a Supplemental Environmental Penalty (SEP) $500,000.

Succeeded in securing the (SEP) for the City of Revere to address chronic flooding and pollution of in the Town Line Brook subwatershed.

Established the Town Line Brook Task Force, membership included the MCZM, DCR (MDC), DWPC/NERO, MHD, MET, USEPA Region 1, City of Revere, GeoSyntec Consultants.

Established Town Line Brook Advisory Group MCZM shellfish program, DCR (MDC), DWPC/NERO, MHD, MDMF, SRWC, City’s of Revere, Malden Everett, NRDC. Group is dedicated to the reopening of the shellfish beds in the Rumney Marsh ACEC downstream of Town Line Brook and salt marsh mitigation.

Team leader met with the Project Coordinator for the Gloucester Harbor Plan to offer the team’s assistance in the Gloucester Harbor on a number of issues including stormwater management, the elimination of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and the siting of the Yankee Whale Watch Fleet in Gloucester Harbor versus Annisquam River. The meeting was directly related and in response to the forum by North Coastal Alliance on Gloucester Harbor. Priority Project.

The team helped alert MAS/NS and MAPC to citizen and community requests for assistance in protecting open space land in Nahant.

 

2001 Accomplishments

Volunteer Monitoring Grant awarded to SSCW in support of Clean Beaches and Stream Program $5,000

Salem Sound 2000 Volunteer Monitoring QAPP receives final approval by DEP

Partnered with Saugus River Watershed Council, City of Revere and Malden, RESCO, GE Lynn and Honorable State Representative Kathi – Ann Reinstein on two major cleanup days on Town Line Brook.

Partnered with Massachusetts Community Water Watch Partnership and Salem Sound 2000 for cleanup of North River.

Conducted a series of workshops and training sessions for communities in the North Coastal Watersheds to implement Stormwater Compliance Phase II Plans consultant firm Vanesse Hagen and Brustlin Priority Project $47,305

Met with EOEA Wetlands Restoration Program leadership, MCZM personnel USACOE and other regarding the possibility of targeting GI RECONN funds to conduct large scale coastal restoration programs.

Town of Nahant received a Coastal Pollution Remediation grant from MCZM partnered with SWIM and MAS/NS to conduct a study on stormwater contamination impacts to Massachusetts Audubon Society sanctuary called the Nahant Thicket.

2002 Accomplishments

Volunteer project with MDMF to improve smelt spawning habitat in North River.

Met with Wakefield town officials, DEP 319 grant coordinator and consultant Vanesse Hagen and Brustlin to map potential future activities directed to implementation of Phase II requirements.

E7. Outreach and education

1997 Accomplishments

Sent out roughly 500 questionnaires to the environmental communities servicing the North Coastal Watersheds.

Began to compile a reference library of reports, studies open space plans (local and regional), water quality /quantity assessments, public records, documents on pollution sources, loadings, disposal methods specific to the North Shore.

Conducted field trips out to Saugus River Watershed Council, Salem 2000 and Eight Towns and Bay to determine their priority needs with respect to the 7 program elements.

Organized and conducted the first EOEA Basin Team meetings.

Presented the Watershed Approach at the annual Boards of Health Workshop in Wilmington.

Presented an overview of the North Coastal Basin water quality issues to annual meeting of Department of Environmental Forest and Park Supervisors.

Participated in WATERSHED 97 FORUM. Organized by the Department’s Municipal Assistant Program, the forum was targeted to TOWN GOVERNMENT and the BUSINESS community to help dispel the lack of understanding as to what DEP’s typical enforcement /regulatory role is vs. the new partnership with the community regarding non-point sources of pollution and watersheds.

Team leader was an attendee to meetings of the Rumney Marsh Task Force, SSCW Technical Advisory Committee, North Shore Workshops for Health Agents and Conservation Commissions, Eight Towns and the Bay, Saugus River Watershed Council, and Essex Facility Planning Task Force.

 

1998 Accomplishments

Worked closely with DEP/NERO/DWPC and City of Lynn on improving compliance with Administrative Consent Order.

Participated in a series of workshops, forums and scoping sessions that lead to the formulation of the Great Marsh Task Force.

Worked closely with town of Saugus officials, DCR (DEM) Office of Waterways, US Army Corps of Engineers, RESCO and Rumney Marsh Task Force to receive approval for maintenance dredging of Saugus River channel to Town Landing.

Met with leadership of Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) about conducting research on the North Shore as well as educational opportunities.

Presentation before the Northeast Builders Association on stormwater detention practices.

Set up meeting with City of Revere officials, and DWPC/NERO personnel to conduct site walk of chronic flooding sewer overflows along Town Line Brook.

Attended Legislator night in Danvers provided over view of Watershed Initiative

Team leader is an attendee to meetings of the MAPC North Shore Task Force (NSTF), Salem Harbor Task Force, Cape Ann Sustainable Committee (CASC), Great Marsh Summit Team, Rumney Marsh Task Force, North Suburban Planning Commission (NSPC), SSCW Technical Advisory Committee, North Shore Workshops for Health Agents and Conservation Commissions, Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (FOLQ), Eight Towns and the Bay, Saugus River Watershed Council, Saugus River Watershed Commission and Essex Facility Planning Task Force, Safer Waters in Massachusetts (SWIM).

 

1999 Accomplishments

Attended Massachusetts Watershed Coalition Annual meeting Sterling, MA.

Presentation to the annual conference of Massachusetts Waste Treatment Plant Operators on the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative.

Attended meeting of UMass Urban Harbors Program to discuss the possibility of collaborative efforts in research and education.

Team leader is an attendee to meetings of the MAPC North Shore Task Force (NSTF), Salem Harbor Task Force, Cape Ann Sustainable Committee (CASC), Great Marsh Summit Team, Rumney Marsh Task Force, North Suburban Planning Commission (NSPC), SSCW Technical Advisory Committee, North Shore Workshops for Health Agents and Conservation Commissions, Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (FOLQ), Eight Towns and the Bay, Saugus River Watershed Council, Saugus River Watershed Commission and Essex Facility Planning Task Force, Safer Waters in Massachusetts (SWIM).

Participated series of workshops and presentations with DCR (DEM), Salem State College on a study of Chebacco Lake.

Attended a three-day Training workshop on conflict resolution.

Received front-page coverage on the environmental issues affecting the Saugus River Watershed in the newspaper Saugus Advertiser.

Manned booth for MWI/NCW at the Topsfield Fair.

Participated in Fall Watershed Forum sponsored by the Cape Ann Sustainable Communities (CASC).

Stream Teams Manchester Sawmill Brook, Marblehead Babbling Brook, Riverways Program DFWELE

SSCW Program Director Jeremy Sokulsky, produced a video entitled “Salem Sound our Heritage, our Future”, received this year’s New England Water Environment Association’s award for outstanding public education.

Town of Wakefield & Friends of       Lake Quannapowitt Lakes and Ponds grant Summary of Project: The project at Lake Quannapowitt is to continue the watershed awareness program with an outdoor classroom for all children that graduate the public school system. Also included is the update of the existing lake and watershed management plan to include issues that have occurred in the last five years. Grant Award: $4,400

 

2000 Accomplishments

In cooperation with North Coastal Alliance conducted series of public forums on the environmental problems affecting four (4) subwatersheds, Saugus River, North River, Gloucester Harbor and Smallpox Brook. The forums provided the opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and concerns between regulators and the public.

#00-09/MWI Priority Project.

Attended Public Hearing in Gloucester on Essex / Gloucester Sewer tie-in proposal

The Saugus River subwatershed forum earned full-page coverage in the Lynn Daily Item newspaper.

Presentation on the MWI and the North Coastal Watersheds at the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (FOLQ) annual meeting.

Meeting with DCR (DEM) Office of Dam Safety on outstanding problems in the North Coastal Watersheds, development of cooperative strategies.

Attended Massachusetts Coastal Zone and Massachusetts Watershed Initiative program update.

Attended training session on providing Buildout Presentations to Massachusetts Communities.

Attended three-day workshop on “Facilitating Collaborative Problem Solving

Team leader is an attendee to meetings of the MAPC North Shore Task Force (NSTF), Salem Harbor Task Force, Cape Ann Sustainable Committee (CASC), Great Marsh Summit Team, Rumney Marsh Task Force, North Suburban Planning Commission (NSPC), SSCW Technical Advisory Committee, North Shore Workshops for Health Agents and Conservation Commissions, Eight Towns and the Bay, Saugus River Watershed Council, Saugus River Watershed Commission and Essex Facility Planning Task Force, Safer Waters in Massachusetts (SWIM).

Team leader served as liaison between the EOEA Boston Office, DEP/NERO Wetlands Program and a disgruntled citizen.

Met with Boards of Health bordering Salem Sound and SSCW to discuss results of Clean Beaches and Stream sampling program. Lobbied for an increase in municipal efforts to curtail or eliminate pollution sources.

 

2001

The NCWT entered into 2nd round of the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative’s 5-year cycle. The targeted activity in the first year of the each cycle is to initiate new outreach and education activities. The timing coincided with the issuance of Executive Order 418 and the passage of the Community Preservation Act in the fall of 2000. EOEA Secretary, Bob Durand used the opportunity to launch a statewide effort to protect open space, retain our historical heritage and provide long term planning for growth. He further directed all twenty-seven (27) Watershed Teams to assist in providing to all of the communities a presentation on what the community could look like under “full buildout conditions.” The presentations would also be used to introduce the municipalities to the Community Preservation Act. We chose this opportunity to combine Secretary Durand’s directive with an introduction to the North Coastal Watershed Initiative to all communities within the North Coastal Watersheds.

 

The strategy has been:

To establish contact with local government officials through the existing team contacts

 To combine the EOEA local buildout / CPA presentations with NCW Work Plan Initiatives

Accordingly, each presentation included specific examples the North Coastal Watersheds Initiative activities in their community, a “full buildout analysis” and a presentation on the Community Development Planning process. The content of each presentation was coordinated with EOEA Boston office, local planning boards, NCW team members and the relevant regional planning agency. The presentations were typically scheduled before the Board of Selectman or City Counsel and ran for 30 minutes. Each presentation included the implications of full buildout on the community’s open space, water quantity and infrastructure. The local officials learned how they could access $30,000 in planning services provided under EO418, provided with an overview of the provisions of Community Preservation Act and sources of assistance. All communities received a set of buildout maps, workbook and computer disk (CD) containing all of information described above.

Accomplishments

Implemented Secretary Durand’s promise to hold Local buildout presentations in 16 of 17 targeted communities. Presentations conducted in cooperation with MAPC, MVPC, EOEA and community planning officials.

Yankee Council Boy Scouts Environmental Summer Camp presentations in collaboration with SSCW, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Resource Protection and Bureau of Waste Site Control,

Project Link a cooperative educational effort of the Essex and Manchester School Districts, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Project Link Limited, and Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST).

Team leader is an attendee to meetings of the MAPC North Shore Task Force (NSTF), Great Marsh Summit Team, Rumney Marsh Task Force, North Suburban Planning Commission (NSPC), SSCW Technical Advisory Committee, North Shore Workshops for Health Agents and Conservation Commissions, Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (FOLQ), Eight Towns and the Bay, Saugus River Watershed Council, Saugus River Watershed Commission and Essex Facility Planning Task Force, Safer Waters in Massachusetts (SWIM) Water Resource Commission (WRC).

 

2002 Accomplishments.

Drew upon outreach activities from the previous 4 years particularly the “local buildout” presentations to set up an email distribution list of city/town elected officials, town managers/executive secretaries, town/city planers, and city/town engineers, Departments of Public Works within the North Coastal Watersheds. Email list allows team leader to keep them appraised on grant opportunities, environmental news, programs, and employment opportunities.

Team leader is an attendee to meetings of the MAPC North Shore Task Force (NSTF), Great Marsh Summit Team, Rumney Marsh Task Force, North Suburban Planning Commission (NSPC), SSCW Technical Advisory Committee, Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (FOLQ), Eight Towns and the Bay, Saugus River Watershed Council, Saugus River Watershed Commission, Safer Waters in Massachusetts (SWIM) and Water Resource Commission (WRC).

Assisted Project Link a cooperative an educational effort of the Essex and Manchester School Districts in securing Volunteer Monitoring Grant funds.

Partnered with Massachusetts Community Water Watch Partnership

Education- through 58 presentations in Lynn, Salem, and Beverly--we educated 1200 students grades k-5.

Forum- we held a forum on Mercury at Salem State to raise awareness about the dangers it poses to the environment and human health. 90 students, professors and community members attended it.

Stenciling- we had a 2-storm drain stenciling events in the spring. The first was in Beverly at the end of March and we stenciled about 200 drains and got media coverage in the Salem Evening News and The Beverly Citizen. The second event was in Salem this past weekend and we stenciled about 250 drains and had City Councilor Chuber and Mayor Usovicz participated in the event. We developed a door hanger to educate the community about what we were doing.

 Earth Day at Lynn Woods- held on 4/20.

 

 

 





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