Category Archives: Water

The WRAC Rides Again

After a year or so of down time, the  Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC)  is resuming its responsibilities with a new charge and partially new membership.  The WRAC advises the Acton Board of Selectmen on issues relating to water resource systems in Acton, including water supply, surface water, groundwater, stormwater and wastewater.  

WRAC meetings are open to the public and are announced here.  Their next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 7pm, at the Acton Water District Headquarters at 693 Massachusetts Avenue.  This could be an important meeting, as they will be brainstorming how to implement the three non-binding resolutions on water that were approved at the spring 2017 Town Meeting.

  • Article 26: Water Resources Study
  • Article 27: Water Resource Sharing
  • Article 28: Affirming Acton’s Right

Background: Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC)

The Acton Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC) is an official committee of the Town of Acton that advises the Board of Selectmen (BoS) on issues related to water resources in Acton, including water supply, surface water, groundwater, stormwater, and wastewater.  Meetings are approximately monthly, are open to the public, and are announced here.

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How does Acton say “No” to Concord’s expansion of their Nagog Pond water treatment plant?

The dispute over Concord’s application to enlarge its water treatment plant at Nagog Pond seems to be coming down to a question of whether Acton’s elected leaders have the legal authority to say “no” to a development that is opposed by virtually every Acton resident who has submitted either oral or written testimony throughout the long series of hearings.

In this document, Green Acton member and former Selectman Terra Friedrichs has compiled cases in which various judges in Massachusetts have supported the local authority’s denial of a proposed project for various reasons. Continue reading

Q & A on BoS Nagog Pond hearing

The dispute over Concord’s application to expand its water treatment capacity at Nagog Pond has entered a new phase. The Massachusetts Land Court remanded the issue back to the Acton Board of Selectmen for an additional round of public input and deliberation. New questions are emerging, and this post makes a start at answering some of them:

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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

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

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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Water Articles at the Acton 2017 Town Meeting

At the 2017 Town Meeting, a citizen’s petition put three water-related articles on the Town Meeting Warrant:

  • Article 26: Water Resources Study
  • Article 27: Water Resource Sharing
  • Article 28: Affirming Acton’s Right

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