For Immediate Release - December 07, 2016

Public Comments Sought on Plan to Address Phosphorus Contamination in Four Ponds in Halifax, Hanson and Pembroke

Public Meeting to be Held December 15th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Halifax Town Hall

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will hold a public meeting next week to seek comments on a plan to address contaminants in four ponds located in Halifax, Hanson and Pembroke. The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Halifax Town Hall, 499 Plymouth St., Halifax.

At the meeting, MassDEP will preview a draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan to remediate excess nutrients, primarily phosphorus, in West Monponsett Pond, East Monponsett Pond, White Oak Reservoir and Stetson Pond. MassDEP staff will also respond to any public comments on the TMDL report.

The TMDL report outlines plans to control excessive cyanobacteria, algae and duckweed in the ponds, which impair uses that include swimming and aquatic life. A TMDL is essentially a “pollution budget” designed to restore the health of an impaired waterbody. A copy of the draft TMDL report and more information on the TMDL program are available here

A public comment period on this plan is open until 5 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017. Comments can be submitted to: MassDEP Watershed Planning Program, 8 New Bond St., Worcester, MA 01606; Attn: Matthew Reardon; or e-mail comments to:

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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