Article 26 for Acton Town Meeting 2018 is a non-binding resolution which asks Town Meeting to approve an inter-municipal agreement between Acton and Concord. In this agreement, Concord agrees to continue to provide water service to customers along Great Road (Rt 2A) in Acton. In return, Acton agrees to allow Concord to build their proposed Water Treatment Plant on Nagog Pond, and to forebear from efforts to secure water from Nagog for Acton or to limit Concord’s Nagog withdrawals.
At our December 2017 meeting, Green Acton signed on to the letter below in support of the Environmental Justice Act (H.2913 / S.426). And here is a link to a one-pager explaining this proposed legislation.
30th Annual Local Environmental Action conference: Sunday, March 5th at Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Great way to connect with other towns and see what they are working on, and gain exposure to new ideas and information on climate / clean energy issues
Nearly 20 workshops that cover a range of issues and skills – from the future of energy in New England, to organizing in the age of Trump, to the health impacts of fracked gas well-heads to your kitchen stove
Recognize our many victories over the year and be inspired to go back and continue the fight to protect the health and safety of our communities, our environment, and our climate
Kandi Mossett Kandi Mossett is a powerful Indigenous leader and environmental justice hero on the frontlines of the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. A member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Kandi is the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign Coordinator, leading the fight to raise awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands. We’re so honored to have her joining us to share lessons from NoDAPL and her international and national climate advocacy work.
Lois Gibbs Lois Gibbs is known by many as the mother of the anti-toxics movement and the federal Superfund program. Lois was a housewife living in Niagara Falls, New York in 1978 when she learned that her neighborhood, Love Canal, was built on top of 21,000 tons of hazardous chemical waste. After successfully organizing her neighbors to win the evacuation and cleanup of Love Canal, Lois went on to found the Center for Health, Environment & Justice and has helped communities across the country fight to protect themselves from toxic exposures. Most recently, Lois has been working on the ground in Flint, Michigan.
95% of Acton’s households get their water from the Acton Water District. This water comes entirely from shallow water wells from within the boundaries of the Town. Only certain geological settings are suitable for extracting water, and most of the good sites in Acton have been drilled already, or are not available for drilling. Conscientious conservation measures have kept Acton’s water usage within the boundaries of the available water supply. However, should any of the wells become unavailable, or precipitation patterns change, or development continue unchecked, Acton’s need for water could exceed the amount of water we can draw from within our borders. What will we do then?
What: Ongoing garden maintenance— (weeding, watering when needed, etc.), When: Any two weeks over the summer and fall. Two 1-2 hour visits each week are recommended. How: Instructions will be supplied.
Hosted Charles Parker, lead author of “Concord Energy Master Plan.” Charles talked about Concord’s energy plan, including the wider context that drives the plan (peak oil + climate change), and the specifics of how the plan envisions reducing Concord’s energy footprint via actions in all sectors: town, school, residents, businesses, and the Concord municipal light plant. Includes direct energy reduction strategies, clean energy production, and the secondary forces that drive energy use: land use, materials use, transportation planning, and more.
Green Acton hosted a farmland preservation forum with Mark Racicot, The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Planner, “New trends in zoning for Open Space Protection.”
The MAPC reviews and comments on every open space plan submitted from the 101 cities and towns in the MAPC region. They have an in-depth knowledge of various approaches to preparing a plan, the need for considering open space in a regional context, and the application of the state’s open space and recreation plan guidelines. They also have experience in meeting environmental justice guidelines and preparing required ADA accessibility surveys. MAPC consults with the community before issuing a review letter to DCS, and a preliminary copy is given to the community to allow the opportunity to respond to comments prior to sending the formal submittal.