The Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee has been working very hard for several years on a major project that is critical to the survival of the pond. The Broad Brook and White Brook Siltation Project involves the removal of sediment collected by the Gabion Weir, located just inside Nonotuck Park and the siltation basin located at the end of the pond bordering Nonotuck Park and fed by Broad Brook.
Why is sediment getting into the pond?
Think of where the pond is located. All the sand and run-off from the Mountain Road and the Hendrick Street culverts eventually finds its way into the lowest level - Nashawannuck Pond. In fact, we have lost almost 50% of our beautiful pond. If we do not repair the containment areas, the pond will continue to shrink. We can never reclaim the lost acreage. In 2009 the pond was partially dredged which resulted in deepening it in several areas. It was a requirement that these devices were in place before dredging.
What has the pond committee done to fix the problem?
The original devices were permitted in 1992 at a cost of about $40,000 and have worked extremely well. We were able to pay for that through extensive fundraising and grants. Both devices are now full and overflowing, impairing their intended function. In order to clean them out in accordance with very strict wetland regulations and anticipated expenses, the project is estimated to cost $301,000. We have all the permits in place and have invested in the preparatory work to begin the project. Unfortunately, there are no federal/state/private grants available on a scale this large. We have turned to the Community Preservation Act (CPA) for consideration.
This last month, Paul Nowak, Chair and Gary Golas,Consultant presented a comprehensive report to the CPA committee. While some members of the committee are very familiar with the pond needs over the years and we believe are very supportive of our request, other members feel that more information would help them make an informed decision before allocating over $300.000. We understand and respect that. One question the committee had was, "How do we know there is public interest in this? While it's hard to imagine anyone not loving the pond, we need to know that this is a worthwhile investment in the health of our pond for years to come.
The committee will be meeting on July 10th at 6PM in the lower level of 50 Payson Ave. to vote on the amount of money it is able to contribute to the project. The public is welcomed to attend.
We have asked for letters of support from the Mayor and Park & Rec, and welcome additional letters of support from organizations and residents.
If you can come to the next CPA meeting and voice your support, that would be great too. It will be on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 in the Conference Room at 50 Payson Ave.
We hope to see you there.
7/6/2019 04:24:06 pm
So this is something that we have already paid for once and are going to have to keep paying for over and over again? If you people had known this why did all the improvements get done to the Pond boardwalk area we really didn’t need and why didn’t someone say hey we really need to keep money to fund this project continuously? This is my problem with our town, you think the tax payers are just made of money and we can just keep coming up with money for these projects from where? How? A lot of us are on fixed incomes, or have children that need to go onto school
7/6/2019 04:35:53 pm
Actually Liz, I think you may be missunderstandin projects. The basins were installed many years ago and it was known that they would need to be dug out eventually. They worked very well and now must be dug out. You may be thinking of the dredging that occurred a few years ago. The funding for that project was largely federal along with CPA funding. Ponds and lakes are not stagnant bodies of water and anyone who owns lake property understands the importance of monitoring and maintaining their investment. CPA funds are set aside specifically for projects that benefit the community by preserving open land, rec areas, etc. We fundraise constantly and are very proud to say that our routine maintenance for macrophite treatments are being paid through WinterFest. There is no tax dollars involved. Our boat ramp was paid for entirely by Fish and Wildlife, not by local taxpayer dollars. I encourage you to look into how invaluable our CPA is to our community.
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