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and water flow in fish ladders. A self regulated system should be installed since mill owner does not want to regulate sluice.

Aaron River, Lily Pond, Aaron River Reservoir, Herring Brook: ¾ Designate the South Swamp tributary and wetland as an ACEC.

¾ A written management plan should be developed for town owned land within the watershed requiring regular inspections to look for unauthorized activity, illegal dumping, obstructions to stream flow, missing signs and other maintenance needs. A stream management plan should be developed for degraded or at-risk streams.

Bound Brook

¾ Evaluate the feasibility of removing the Hunter’s Pond dam in order to substantially increasing the amount of smelt spawning habitat and improve river herring passage.

The Gulf River Estuary:

¾ Increase the amount of shading (planting with appropriate vegetation) provided by the riparian zone along The Gulf where a former mill property was converted to condominiums

Musquashcut Pond

¾ Implement recommendations in the DMF shellfish management plan for area and support efforts to improve availability/access (electronic or web site) to water quality and biological monitoring data collected from DMF shellfish sampling stations.

¾ Restore healthy ecosystem to Musquashcut Pond by leaving tidal gates open and enhancing flushing and improving water quality to the pond and to the Gulf.

Cohasset Harbor:

¾ Town of Cohasset should Partner with Coastal Zone Management and other state and federal agencies to evaluate options of adjusting the tide gate in Jacob Meadow to increase tidal flow and restore marsh.

¾ Implement recommendations of the Army Corp Engineers’ feasibility study currently underway (March 2006) for restoring hydrologic connection of Treats Pond to the Cohasset Harbor.

Scituate Harbor: ¾ Complete an updated sanitary survey for the DMF shellfish area.

4.0 Water Withdrawal and Flow Diversion Impairments

4.1 Withdrawal Overview

The Gulf

Prior to 2005, the Cohasset Water Department withdrawal limit was .65 MGD. However, since they had been exceeding that withdrawal limit since 2000, (exceeded withdrawals range from 0.07 MGD

to .0.17 MGD by year), Cohasset applied and received an increase withdrawal amount in 2005 for

South Coastal Watershed Action Plan 9/12/2006 Watershed Action Alliance


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