Category Archives: Issues

Background for Nov. 20, 2017 hearing on Nagog Pond

On Nov. 20, 2017, the Acton Board of Selectmen (BoS) will re-open the hearing for Concord’s proposed work to replace and upgrade their water pumping and treatment facility on Nagog Pond. Here’s a link to the hearing notice.

Green Acton’s position is to urge our Board of Selectmen to vote no on Concord’s application to expand their water treatment capacity at Nagog Pond. Here is a link to the complete position and rationale, agreed to with the unanimous consent of Green Acton’s directors.

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Nashoba Brook

The US Geological Survey maintains a continuously operating stream gauging station on Nashoba Brook, off of Wheeler Lane.  You can go to their site and see the amount of water flowing through Nashoba Brook at any time of the day or night. Continue reading

Green Acton position and rationale on re-opened Nagog Pond hearing

Green Acton position for Nov 20, 2017 re-opened public hearing on Concord’s plan to expand water treatment plant at  Nagog Pond:

Position:  

Because the draft Modified Special Permit Decision document fails to protect the quantity and quality of Acton’s water, in clear opposition to the Acton 2020 Master Plan and the will of the citizenry as expressed at Town Meeting, Green Acton urges our Board of Selectmen to vote no on Concord’s application to expand their water treatment capacity at Nagog Pond. Continue reading

Why Is Dynegy on my Eversource electricity bill?

Dynegy, an electricity supply company, is the vetted supplier for the first two years of Acton Power Choice (APC) — the new municipal electricity bulk purchasing program that started in Fall 2017. For any Acton electricity user who hasn’t opted out or chosen an alternate electricity supplier, Dynegy will become the electricity supplier listed on your Eversource electricity bill.

APC offers two choices: the automatic enrollment in Acton Power Choice Standard, and the “opt up” choice of Acton Power Choice GREEN. You can read more about Acton Power Choice at ActonPowerChoice.com.

Green Acton is especially excited about the APC GREEN option, by which any Acton electricity user can choose 100% renewably sourced, New England energy for only 2 cents more per kWh than the APC standard pricing. Green Acton strongly encourages those who can to “opt up” to APC GREEN. Opt up by calling 1.866.220.5696 with your Eversource account number at the ready.

This chart, which offers some sample comparative costs, may be helpful; APC prices are accurate through September 2019, and Eversource prices until January 2018.

Read background information about Acton Power Choice here.

OARS Joins EPA Stormwater Regs Suit

The Organization for the Assabet, Sudbury & Concord Rivers (OARS) recently announced that it is joining with nine other river groups in filing a lawsuit to overturn the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) one-year delay in implementing new stormwater pollution requirements in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Spreadsheet of gas leaks in Acton

This spreadsheet is tracking what we know about gas leaks in Acton. It includes the data from National Grid, and data from the MAPC/HEET study. Continue reading

Background: Stormwater and Its Regulation

Stormwater: 

Stormwater is water that runs off the land when it rains or when snow melts. On landscapes impacted by human development, stormwater carries fertilizer, harmful bacteria, oil, gas, toxic metals, and salt into nearby waterways. Julia Blatt, executive director of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, says in the Boston Globe, “Stormwater is the state’s No. 1 pollution problem.”

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Here’s the official Acton Power Choice letter of August 2017

Did you get a letter that looks like this in the mail?

If you didn’t, either you are not an Acton Eversource customer, or you chose an electricity supplier some time ago that isn’t Eversource. If you don’t remember getting this letter, but you want to participate in Acton Power Choice, get a recent electric bill so you can have your customer number ready and call Acton Power Choice customer support at 1-844-379-9933 and they can get you sorted out.

Here’s what the letter inside looked like (click for a larger version)

Sign up for 100% renewable power

The Town and Green Acton are preparing various explanatory materials, but if you have been following along and are ready to get 100% renewable power for less than 2 cents more per kWh, you can grab your electric bill, call 1-866-220-5696 and ask to be signed up for Acton Power Choice Green.

You can read all about it at this website.

Sustainability

When elected officials and Town staff in Acton are making decisions, they are thinking of maintaining health, welfare, financial solvency, and other measures of the town’s well-being. “Sustainability” takes those same measures, but deepens them to include future generations, and broadens them to include the wider web of life of which we are a part, including people beyond Acton.  Because of the intertwined environmental emergencies we are in the middle of, sustainability usually has an environmental focus: a large part of these emergencies arise from short-term and narrow thinking, and making progress on environmental crises requires a consistent focus on the wide and deep impacts of today’s decisions.

In 2017, the Acton Board of Selectmen voted during their annual goal-setting exercise to put the creation of a sustainability policy as their top priority for the upcoming year, and they asked Green Acton to help them think this through.