Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A New Sign

There was a new sign posted by the entrance to the cross dike path this morning. After years of rumor, the US F&WS received all the permits required from Army Corp of Engineers, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Town of Concord to begin dredging the channels in the impoundments.

After three years of seeking approvals, Monday they received their permits. With time rapidly to implement this year rapidly dwindling they did not waste any time getting started. They started at the outflow of the lower impoundment and will work their way up and through the upper impoundment. They will be dredging this year until things start to freeze and then will resume in the spring.

What about the threatened Blandings Turtles that live in the impoundment. WE the dredging is actually going to be for their benefit creating some deeper water for them in times of low water. During the actual dredging US F&WS will be monitoring the locations of the Blandings to ensure that they are not near the dredging operation.


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Our very OWN DEP file number

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About an hour's progress, care to predict how long until they are finished?

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The biologists back from confirming that Blandings were staying out of range today

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A different angle

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I liked the rim lighting

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Maples on dike starting to turn

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Bees moving very slowly in the cold air

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Swamp Sparrows are everywhere

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A huge spider came to watch the dredging

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A young downy woodpecker

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The Canada Goose daily circle - honk, they fly away, they return

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