On October 9th, 2017 the MA Division of Marine Fisheries documented a fish kill of 2,500 river herring on the shore of Silver Lake Sanctuary. The City of Brockton transfers water from Furnace Pond and Monponsett Ponds to Silver Lake, which is its primary water supply. With these diversions come adverse impacts. Toxic algae and excess nutrients from Monponsett and Furnace damage Silver Lake, while untold thousands of river herring from the North River system are transferred to the lake and are lost.
In January, millions of freshwater mussels also died, stranded as Silver Lake was lowered because Brockton takes too much water all the time. In addition to crippling Silver Lake and the Jones River, these diversions impair the fish and waters of Furnace Pond, Herring Brook, the North River, Monponsett Pond, Stump Brook and the Taunton River, affecting five town’s waterways and water supplies – Kingston, Plympton, Halifax, Hanson, and Pembroke, as well as the fish resources of Narragansett Bay, Mass Bay and Cape Cod Bay. Poor, single-purpose management by Brockton, and the failure by state agencies to properly regulate water takings, has led to significant problems to essential living resources. This is unnecessary and must stop.
Sign below to demand that Brockton stop killing the fish and draining regional water resources:
- By placing a screen that prevents herring from Pembroke (the North River System) from being sucked into Silver Lake;
- By requiring that Brockton conserve water, routinely use the Aquaria desalination plant (built for Brockton!), and proactively manage its diversions to dramatically reduce impacts to the regional environment; and,
- By requiring that the state enact conservation policies that protect fish and people, encourages water reuse, and requires water management that restores the ecological health of public waterways.
This notice of complaint will be sent to the Central Plymouth County Water District, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, Governor Baker, State Senators, State Representatives, and MassDEP.