¾ Update subdivision regulations and zoning bylaws to include recommendations from the new stormwater bylaw.
¾ Provide incentives to builders and homeowners to include low impact development drainage designs. Include drainage systems design review early in the permitting process and strengthen enforcement during construction.
¾ Limit irrigation wells in Zone IIs.
Aaron River, Lily Pound, Aaron River Reservoir, Herring Brook:
¾ Conduct a hydrologic assessment to include a water balance evaluation, wetlands and wildlife inventory and stream channel characterizations for Aaron River, Lily Pond, Brass Kettle Brook, Peppermint Brook and Aaron River Reservoir (Norfolk Ram Group, 2003).
¾ Implement watershed management controls (review development plans, develop lawn fertilization package, evaluate settling basin discharge, stormwater management retrofits) and in-lake management methods (hand harvesting near intakes, consider dredging option and conduct water quality monitoring) for Lily Pond (ENSR, 2003).
¾ Modify the regulation of the flow control structure in Bound Brook near Beechwood Street, to mimic natural flow regime in the brook and maintain the integrity of aquatic life.
¾ Research the hydrology of the Gulf River Estuary to determine the flow and flushing rate for the Gulf River and its tributaries (as recommendations in the Natural Resources Inventory for The Gulf River Estuary (Lefebvre et al. 2003)
¾ Install a stream gauge near smelt habitat in the Gulf River Estuary Bound Brook
¾ Evaluate the feasibility of removing the Hunt Pond dam in order to substantially increase the amount of smelt spawning habitat and improve river herring passage in this subwatershed.
Stewardship Recommended Actions
Watershed-wide Recommendations ¾ Encourage boaters to use boat pump-out facilities.
¾ Develop “Adopt a Drain Program” and an “Adopt a Stream Program.”
¾ Use Community Preservation Act administrative funds to staff a person to implement the recommendations of Towns’ master plans.
¾ Provide state technical assistance to communities to develop and implement stormwater bylaws, stormwater utilities, LID bylaws, and landscaping bylaws. Financial assistance for community outreach is needed.
¾ Strengthen state leadership on watershed protection measures.
¾ Support the Center for Student Coast Research efforts to develop a quality assurance project plan and future projects to control nonpoint source pollution, promote water quality stewardship and public education.
South Coastal Watershed Action Plan 9/12/2006 Watershed Action Alliance