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Natural Resource Damages Assessment and Restoration: Year(s) in Review October 23, 2014 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee.

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1 Natural Resource Damages Assessment and Restoration: Year(s) in Review October 23, 2014 Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee

2 2 Presentation Topics Trust Resources and Trusteeship Massachusetts NRD Trust Settlements and Restoration Status FY13 and FY14 Restoration Progress Building Capacity for Restoration

3 Trust Resources Natural Resources –Biological –Surface Water –Groundwater –Air –Geologic (Soils, Sediments) Services –Support (fish spawning, rearing) − Regulating (sediment transport) − Provision (water supply, fish, shellfish consumption) − Cultural (fishing, waterfowl hunting)

4 M.G.L. Chapter 21E −§ 5A, 11A M.G.L. Chapter 21A § 2A CERCLA –(42 U.S.C. §§ 9601, et seq.), including but not limited to sections 104, 107, 111(i), and 122 Oil Pollution Act of 1990 –(33 U.S.C. §§ 2701, et seq.), including but not limited to sections 1006 and 1012 National Contingency Plan (40 CFR 300) Defines Trustees Requires response agencies to notify Trustees NRD under CERCLA Department of Interior 43 CFR 11 NRD under OPA Department of Commerce (NOAA) 15 CFR Part 990 Trustee Authorities

5 5 Colrain Acid Spill $ 30,000 GE/Housatonic $ 15 Million Charles George Landfill $ 1.2 Million Hallmark/Mystic River: $ 26, 801 New Bedford Harbor $ Million Textron/MMR $1.3 Million Bouchard B-120 $6,076,393 Nyanza $ 3.1 Million PSC Palmer $ 157,000 Holyoke Coal Tar $500,000 Massachusetts NRD Trust Settlements: Restoration Planning and Implementation Status Chelsea Creek: Posavina: $155,000 Global/Irving: $312,500 Coal Tar/Island End: $300,000 Sutton Brook Disposal Area $ 1.65 Million Rubchinuk Landfill $ 747,000 Jefferson Dev. $25,000 Fireworks/Tronox: $6.79 Million Blackburn and Union Privileges: $1M IndustriPlex: $4.3M Framingham GM $157,425

6 Massachusetts Active Trustee Councils  Bouchard B-120  MA Representatives: Millie Garcia-Serrano and Karen Pelto  Legal Advisor: Chris Ayers  MMR/Textron  MA Representative: Karen Pelto  Legal Advisor: Dawn Stolfi- Stalenhoef  Technical Advisors: Millie Garcia-Serrano and Len Pinaud  GE/Housatonic  MA Representatives: Karen Pelto and Thomas Potter  Legal Advisor: Jane Rothchild  New Bedford Harbor  MA Representatives: Lisa Alexander and Rose Knox  Legal Advisor: Andy Cohen  Nyanza  MA Representatives: Rosemary Knox and Lisa Alexander  Legal Advisor: Gail McCarthy  Holyoke Coal Tar  MA Representatives: Brian Harrington and Thomas Potter  Legal Advisor: Jane Rothchild

7 MassDEP Group Award for Restoration from US Dept of Interior

8 Restoration Achievements: Project Selection and Public Involvement Restoration Plans/Environmental Assessments FY13 –Nyanza: $3.6 million for 12 Tier 1 projects to restore aquatic biota, riparian and floodplain habitat, and recreation and public access –GE/Housatonic Round 3: $2 million for land acquisition to conserve habitats –Bouchard B-120: $715,000 to restore federally and state threatened piping plovers FY14 –Bouchard B-120: $4.3 million for 19 Tier 1 projects to restore shoreline and aquatic resources, coastal access and recreational boating, and recreational shellfishing and shellfish 8

9 Restoration Achievements: Project Selection and Public Involvement Public input to project design FY13 New Bedford Harbor: Buzzards Bay Coalition invited the public to view and provide feedback on conceptual design plans for restoring 19 acres along the Acushnet River in Acushnet 9 FY14 Rubchinuk: North Shore CDC engaged residents of the Fort Point Neighborhood in Salem in surveys and community meetings to provide input to the design of a “pocket park” that will provide multi-generational space for recreation

10 Restoration Achievements: Project Implementation FY13 –GE/Housatonic Round 1: Acquisition of 25-acre oxbow and floodplain along the Housatonic River – worked with TFS to remove of 29 tons of steel, 29 tons of solid waste, 88 cubic yards of concrete, and 5 tons of tires prior to Berkshire Natural Resources Council taking ownership 10

11 Restoration Achievements: Project Implementation FY14 –GE/Housatonic Round 2: The Trustees of Reservations staff and volunteers planted nearly 2,000 trees to restore 10 acres of floodplain forest along the Housatonic River 11

12 Restoration Achievements: Project Monitoring and Oversight FY13 –New Bedford Harbor: The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported an over 1,000 percent increase in migrating herring able to pass over three dams on the Acushnet River following installation of one structural and two “nature-like” fishways in 2002, 2007 and

13 Restoration Achievements: Project Monitoring and Oversight FY14 –Holyoke Coal Tar: Structural fishway completed in Easthampton on Manhan River – 11 miles of habitat now available to migratory and resident fish – viewing window integrated into design for monitoring and educational purposes 13

14 Building Capacity for Restoration: Upcoming Trustee Councils  Developing model approaches and “best practices” for Trustee Councils  IndustriPlex  $4.25 million for injuries to Aberjona River, floodplain and wetlands  Sutton Brook Disposal Area  $1.65 million for injuries to groundwater, streams and wetlands  Blackburn and Union Privileges  $1 million for injuries to groundwater, streams and wetlands

15 Building Capacity for Restoration: TFS BWSC-NRD : Lower Mystic River Watershed Restoration ($238,710) BWSC-NRD : Housatonic River NRD Fund Round 3 Restoration Project Proposals for Land Acquisitions to Conserve Habitat ($2,000,000) BWSC-NRD : Sudbury River Corridor Land Acquisitions ($700,000) BWSC-NRD : Upper Sudbury River Stream and Wetland Restoration ($157,426) BWSC-NRD : Habitat Restoration to Benefit Coldwater Fish in the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River Watershed ($300,000) 15

16 For more information Karen Pelto MassDEP NRD Program Coordinator eanup/nrd/ 16


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