Acting Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration
This winter I braved the cold on the banks of the Neponset River with an environmental delegation from Ireland and Northern Ireland, under the direction of Boston College’s Irish Institute, which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department, to discuss watershed protection and restoration.
The Neponset River was a fitting backdrop to discuss how a diverse group of stakeholders are cooperating to restore a river that has been neglected for years. Partners are examining the partial removal of the Baker Dam (see photo below) and the removal of contaminated sediment to restore ecological integrity to the Neponset River in Milton and Dorchester Lower Mills.
The visit underscored the shared passion for rivers and the need for effective watershed conservation techniques and programs on both sides of the Atlantic. While Ireland and Massachusetts approach watershed protection differently, all agreed that healthy rivers sustain economies and reflect our cultural identities. The photo above is of me with the delegation.
The Irish Institute’s mission (is to promote the peace and normalization process on the island of Ireland and to contribute to social, political, and economic stability through cross-border and cross-community cooperation. The delegation is made up of a dozen environmental leaders, including the Acting Director of the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland Helen Anderson.
Massachusetts has over three dozen watershed associations. Click here to find out more about your local river and stream and what you can do to get involved.
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.
Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor! posted on Aug 18
Looking for a fun day trip for you and possibly your family? Look no further, the Boston Harbor Islands are the place to be. Lots of events take place on these islands during the summer months, so enjoy these festivities while they are here! Spectacle …Continue Reading Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor!