LOCATION OF INJURY

New Bedford Harbor

DATE OF INJURY

1940s - 1980s

DATE AND AMOUNT OF SETTLEMENT

Settled in 1992 at $20,200,000

RESPONSIBLE PARTY

Federal Pacific Electric, Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc., Aerovox Inc., and Belleville Industries, Inc.

NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES

MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS),
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

RELEASE OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

Industrial discharge (PCBs, toxic metals)

INJURED RESOURCES

Rare and endangered species, e.g. roseate terns.
Various wildlife, anadramous fisheries, and shellfish
Sediments, water column, shellfish, birds, recreational fishing, beach usage

RESTORATION STATUS Restoration Plan / EIS finalized 1998
Rounds 1 & 2 ongoing
Round 3 ongoing
Round 4 expected 2009
PROJECTS COMPLETED

Land acquisition for protection of rare wetlands, shellfish, and finfish habitat
Salt marsh restoration
Recreational park enhancements
Endangered species recovery and habitat restoration
Harbor Master Plan development

EXPENDITURES TO DATE $21,000,000

ADDITIONAL RESOURES

NOAA DARRP New Bedford Harbor Case
Waste Site Cleanup and Reuse (U.S. EPA)

New Bedford Harbor NRD Case Settlement

In 1998, the New Bedford Harbor Trustees approved the implementation of a first round of 11 restoration projects at a cost of $4 million. Restoration of shellfish beds, anadramous fisheries, recreational parks, endangered species habitat/populations, salt marshes, and preservation of open space are some of the projects. One project has involved the acquisition and preservation of 159 acres of coastal land as open space including "Rare Wetlands Wildlife and Certified Vernal Pools" and "High-Priority sites of Rare Species Habitats and Exemplary Natural Communities" at a cost of $380,000. A second round of 17 restoration projects at $8 million is ongoing. A third round of 6 restoration projects at $5.7 million is underway. A fourth round will be initiated in 2009.

Natural Resource Trustees

The New Bedford Harbor Natural Resources Trustees include the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Restoration Planning and Projects

Terns loafing on the rocks


Restoration is underway at the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site to address injuries to sediments, water column, wildlife, and fisheries, which have been highly contaminated with PCBs as a result of industrial discharges into the harbor. Restoration projects are funded via the $20.2 million NRD payment made to the Trustees by the responsible parties.

I. Endangered Species Recovery - Tern Restoration

Location Bird, Ram, and Penikese Islands
Date 2000 - 2009
Project Restore / manage terns & enhance nesting habitat
Project Cost $2,400,000
Restored Resources Common and Roseate Terns
Partners in Restoration MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

II. Habitats: Land Acquisition and Preservation



Date Location Acres Cost Recipient
Dec. 1998Sconticut Neck (North), Fairhaven160$394,000Fairhaven/Acushnet Land Preservation Trust
Feb. 2003Popes Beach, Fairhaven2.6$869,000Town of Fairhaven
Nov. 2003Marsh Island (North), Fairhaven14$50,000Fairhaven/Acushnet Land Preservation Trust
Dec. 2003Acushnet River Valley, Acushnet208$968,000Fairhaven/Acushnet Land Preservation Trust
Jan. 2004Popes Beach (South), Fairhaven3.6$757,000Town of Fairhaven
TOTAL 388.2$3,038,000
  • Preserved lands will be held in trust to be used and enjoyed by the public while natural resources and habitats are preserved
  • Protected resources include tidal and riverine wetlands, beach, forested uplands, and various wildlife including rare species

III. Marshes and Wetlands: Salt Marsh Restoration



Location Dartmouth
Date April, 2003
Project Culvert replacement
Project Cost $46,968
Restored Resources Salt marsh & finfish
Partners In Restoration Town of Dartmouth
  • The new culvert connects the 6.5 acre Padanaraman salt marsh to the Apponagansett Bay.
  • Increased tidal inundation and soil salinity were restored and invasive species reduced
  • Fish that were unable to access the marsh prior to restoration are now present

IV. Anadramous Fisheries: Herring Run Restoration

The reservoir dam fish way was completed in 10/02. A scope of work is being prepared for the design and permitting for fish passage alternatives for the Acushnet Sawmill and Hamlin Street dams



Location Acushnet River
Date 2002
Project Re-establish fish passage
Project Cost $1,700,000
Restored Resources Herring, other fish species
Partners In Restoration Town of Acushnet, MA Division of Marine Fisheries, MA River Restore Program

V. Other Projects



DATE PROJECT PARTNERS IN RESTORATION
Jan 2003Wetland RestorationMA Wetlands Restoration Program
1999-2005Restoring quahogs, scallops, clamsRegional Shellfish Restoration Committee
1999 & 2000Eelgrass RestorationUNH Jackson Laboratory
2004Fort Taber Park and Riverside ParkCity of New Bedford

New Bedford Harbor NRD Trustee Contacts

MA Department of Environmental Protection
Karen Pelto
617.292.5785
Karen.Pelto@state.ma.us

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Molly Sperduto
603.223.2541
Molly_Sperduto@fws.gov

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Chris Mantzaris
978.281.9311
Chris.Mantzaris@noaa.gov




This information is provided by the Massachusetts Natural Damages Assessment and Restoration.