Friday, April 24, 2020

In the News: Charles River Meadowlands study completed

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"After nearly two years of effort, the Beta Group recently completed a draft study of the Charles River Meadowlands in Bellingham, Franklin and Medway.

“Joining three communities around a shared natural asset, the Charles River Meadowlands, is what this project is all about,” said Kelly R. Carr, senior associate at BETA Group, Inc., the consulting firm that conducted the study.

Dating to early meetings in 2016, the Meadowlands Initiative ( has sought to bring focus and awareness to the hundreds of acres of public wetlands and borderlands controlled by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the three towns.

Originally acquired in the 1970s and 1980s for flood control, and incorporated in the Charles River Natural Valley Storage Area, the region has been gradually walled off from the public by roadways and rapid private development. However, each of the towns has land holdings for conservation and other purposes that abut the federal lands, effectively creating a large natural sanctuary similar in scale to the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord."

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In the News: Charles River Meadowlands study completed
In the News: Charles River Meadowlands study completed

1 comment:

  1. As a few of the 100 abutters along Mindbrook wetlands, we have heard very little of this project. Who and why did this originate? Did Alan Earls ask those most affected? These trails will go behind-and within sight-of the backdoors of many homes-taking away their privacy and compromising their security. The Corps of Engineers has managed this area for flood control for years efficiently-not allowing any building. With the 96 units at the Montage on the old sewer beds linked up, expect a ton of foot traffic-with more trash and dog poop. More risk for kids getting lost in dark swamp. With little access, will people park on narrow roads, impeding emergency vehicles? Will the wildlife be driven out? What's the cost? Free? Is this a done deal or can everyone get a say?