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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites public input to environmental assessment for Bradford Dam removal project
USFWS invites public input through March 31, 2017 to environmental assessment for Bradford Dam removal project. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input as it evaluates the removal of Bradford Dam, located on the border of Westerly and Hopkinton, R.I. The project, which is supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery, is […]
When: Thursday, March 30 at 7PM
Where: Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Rd., Charlestown
What: Status Update and Discussion on “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass”
Our guest speaker is Gregory Stroud, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Greg is also the founder of the grassroots advocacy group on High-Speed Rail, SECoast.
When: Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 PM
Where: Kettle Pond Visitors Center, Charlestown
What: The Charlestown Land Trust and the Charlestown Historical Society team up again for our third annual history night!
Cost: No charge, bring a potluck dessert to share!
Links below are to letters of opposition written by organizations or officials to the Federal Railroad Administration. We don’t yet have links to all documents. If we’ve missed anything, please let us know. The opposition to the Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass in the NEC Future Final EIS is truly impressive and now even includes […]
The following post was published by SECoast and is shared with us here by the Executive Director of SECoast Gregory Stroud. Greg has summed up all the new developments in the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass” of the last few days and put them in one convenient post. There has been a flurry of news […]
What: The public hearing on the Chariho Regional School District’s 2017-2018 budget
When: Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm
Where: Chariho Middle School Auditorium
Why: A minimum of 25 voters from each town are needed to create a quorum
Each Chariho town must have 25 voters present to reach a quorum to vote on the budget. If a quorum is not achieved, the meeting will be postponed. Please try to attend this hearing.
The portion of the project along the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island would be devastating to historic communities … In addition, we wish to emphasize that, in our view, the proposed project fails to comply with Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act.
In sum, we urge the Federal Railroad Administration to remove from its Tier 1 Record of Decision the portions of the project in Connecticut and Rhode Island that involve bypasses on new alignment and other draconian impacts on historic resources. Instead, the agency should conduct more detailed reviews to develop feasible and prudent alternatives that would avoid and minimize harm to these resources.
The “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass” portion of the proposal lies within or runs immediately adjacent to the focus area for the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, where land acquisition authority has been granted to conserve important fish and wildlife resources.
The proposal could have substantial effects on managing these species over time, including impacts to habitat connectivity, direct habitat loss, reduction in habitat quality adjacent to the rail lines, and the direct reduction in available habitat.