From WATD — State Representative Tom Calter and the Central Plymouth County Water District commission invited the public to a forum on the condition of Monponsett Pond Saturday morning. Some blame the high level of cyanobacteria in the pond on the City of Brockton’s mismanagement of its water resources. Brockton uses Monponsett to recharge its main water source, Silver Lake. WATD’s Charles Mathewson files this audio report: Public Forum Held on Monponsett Pond Condition (Audio Report) >>

From Enterprise News (August 20, 2016)As drought intensifies, so does battle over Brockton’s water resources >>


Press Release — State Representative Tom Calter is hosting an Open Forum discussion and Q&A session on the significant water problems currently plaguing West Monponsett Pond, Silver Lake and Jones River resulting from the City of Brockton’s harmful water management practices. The Forum will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 10-11 AM at the Halifax Town Hall. It is open to all, and community members concerned about these three precious bodies of water and health impacts to surrounding residents are encouraged to attend. In addition to Rep. Calter, speakers will include Pine duBois, Executive Director of the Jones River Watershed Association, Marianne Moore, Executive Secretary from the Monponsett Watershed Association, Cathy Drinan, Board of Health Agent for the Town of Halifax, and State Rep. Josh Cutler, whose district includes Hanson.

The program will provide a valuable opportunity for residents to learn about the parameters of the 1964 law that allowed Brockton to draw water in the first place, and the City’s practices that have led to water quality degradation and cyanobacteria blooms far exceeding state health standards. Attendees will also hear about the work done by the Central Plymouth County Water District Commission, the Monponsett Watershed and Jones River Watershed Associations, Rep. Calter and other activists over more than two years to push for change in Brockton’s approach; the role of the Dept. of Environmental Protection in negotiating a new Administrative Consent Order with Brockton to implement that change; next steps in the process and how residents can get involved.

The cyanobacteria levels from algae blooms have been at record high levels this summer causing significant health concerns and the summer’s marked drought has not seen relief. To further add to the problem, Brockton turned off Aquaria, their supplemental water source in late August, taking 11 million+ gallons per day from Silver Lake. “Brockton has been privileged to have use of this water for many decades, and with that privilege comes responsibilities. Brockton has failed to meet those responsibilities” said Rep. Calter. “The quantity and quality of water is now in danger and immediate action is required. The DEP consent order is the next step. Brockton’s cooperation is step two, and a connection to the MWRA will be the ultimate goal. This impacts all of us and concern is widespread. I encourage neighbors from throughout the region to attend on September 24 th to learn more” he added.

Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be provided. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Great Hall of Halifax Town Hall. If weather is in question, visit www.tomcalter.com for an announcement. For more information, contact Amy Belmore, Campaign Manager at abbelmore@hotmail.com.

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