Fall 2019 NewsBrief


 

 North Stonington Citizens

Land Alliance eNewsBrief

October 2019 

 


Mission

To encourage and maintain

 the environmental integrity

and rural character of our town.

To preserve land.

To protect wetlands, watercourses,

and plant and animal habitats.

To work for clean water, clean air,

and dark skies.

The Land Alliance

Since 1987

 

A Reminder:  please send in your 2019 Alliance dues, a few  months left till 2020.  We

welcome your tax -free dues, contributions.  We count on your support and good will.

 

A Reminder:  please become an Alliance environmental volunteer in the field, on  paper, or the web;  help us with a special, personal project,  a committee,  our Board.

 

1.

A Land Alliance Portfolio

“Town Roads have stories to tell, just as houses and barns do.  Names like Princess Lane, Hangman Hill, Kingswood, Grindstone Hill, and Wintechog are keys to the past.  Each is an actual place as we drive along and holds us to both past and present.”  From Land Alliance NSQuarterly “Roads and Land” article.

 

Road Name by Road Name.  Let us know just one thing along your road that means a lot to you.  What is it that you would not like to have disappear in a town application or group plan?  

 

Please let us know  what you see everyday along your road that you would miss tremendously if removed, changed, or destroyed.  Our intent is an assemblage in photos, words, sounds, reality, to show-off that North Stonington, still a rural town, can make strides into modernism without losing its icons, its essence,   its soul.  An old  church,  school, home,  barn? A special view, a meadow of  prime farm soil, a brook, a pond?  A set of  monumental boulders, stone walls,  or archaeological ceremonial findings?  A round-about?

 

Think of what we are attempting to do as holding a large protective umbrella over a town’s worth of iconic environmental, historical and cultural roads, buildings,  and stories; an assemblage  of the many good things we see and know in our everyday lives as we drive (often) or walk or bike (less often) along NS town and state roads.   This is what we have begun to pull together as one multi-faceted unit. This will add extra meaning to present and future heritage protection and preservation of what can be removed, destroyed, or  changed forever. Interested?   One immediate road item offered for preservation, no matter what, is the spring at 184 & 49.

 

2.

An application for a National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) grant for Samuel Cote Preserve has been accepted. A chosen forester has submitted a Forest Plan for review through The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA.)  This Forest Plan is being studied for Stand 1, the forestry on either side of river road including Spalding Pond shoreline and for Stand 2, the forestry between the main drive and corn field. Much of the study reflects our own discussions and suggestions, and we will take great care with any possible next steps, using the land and water’s characteristics and authenticity as our guide.  We like what we have, what is already there, for the most part, not looking for great change but for healthier management.  Review ahead.

 

3.

 It is important to have a plan. This one begins in May 2020!  We hope that you will decide to bundle up your kayak, small canoe, or dingy atop your car or pick-up and a join us as a 2020 NS water monitoring volunteer in  The Watershed Watch program out of University of Rhode Island (URI.)

The Land Alliance has been taking yearly water samples from selected NS rivers, lakes, ponds, and brooks for many years. We have funded the laboratory fees of approximately $350.00  for each tri-season site. We have counted on volunteers who paddle out to the deepest part of the watercourse by kayak or canoe three times each year ( May, July, October ) and perform learned  technical tests for water clarity, for secchi depth transparency,  water temperature, algal bacteria, dissolved oxygen, pH and alkalinity.  The volunteers take their collected water samples to URI’S Watershed Watch Lab in Kingston, RI, where their lab people test the samples.  Test results of many sites from years past can be found and compared on different web sites, including a newly begun Land Alliance site.

 

Let us know if you can help with this innovative, and compelling  program.  Both the Shunuck and Green Fall Rivers and their tributaries fall within the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

 

4.

 *“Community Conversation” was open to all and sponsored by Town Hall at Wheeler Library, Saturday, September 9, 9:00-11:00 am, with the Village as its focus. Residents were divided into 3 groups, each having its time with 3 different topics; improvements; a historical overlay; future envisioning. We look forward to the next steps based on the residents’ comments.

 

*One of the Best Ways To Know What Is Going on in Town:  sign up via email to the town’s web site for the agendas and/or minutes of whichever commissions and departments interest you.  You will be placed on an email agenda ahead of each meeting so that you will know what will take place.  Sign up.  Email: North Stonington CT Town Hall, then click separate commissions.

 

* The New Pendleton Hill Brook Bridge has opened.  State Project No. 101-116. Cost Estimate at Jan 20, 2017 meeting=$1,800.00, using Fed. and State funds with a 2013 estimate of 2,100 vehicles per day crossing. Pre-cast, pre-stressed concrete deck units on pile-supported integral abutments and widened to a 32’ roadway.   Pale dove gray concrete formliner  in part stained to look like stonework, but still mostly pale gray,  with metal bridge handrails and 2 new Pendleton Hill Brook signs. Wider travel way, safer bridge crossing.

 

* Yes, Boombridge Road!   The site plans have been seen and are ready to go for The Bridge at Boombridge after only over 10 years of hoping, working and waiting and 3 sets of different Selectmen. This is really good news for all of North Stonington and Ashaway and the Pawcatuck River.

 

* Here are 2 conundrums.

a.) It is sad and painful to see the large, old trees along the roadsides being removed even when we know many are dead or dying. It is also hard during a power outage to be without Mr. Electricity to which, evidently, we are bound.

 

b.) Important as their energy sources have become, why are sun and wind sites advertised as Sun and Wind Farms?  The only farm-like thing about them is that, in too many applications, they are placed on lands that should be kept for real agriculture, forest, family back yards, and preservation. We look to our town commissions for answers.

 

* North Stonington passed its own no fracking or fracking waste  regulation at a town meeting last year,  joining over 50 other CT towns at the time. We are equally proud to say that the entire state of Connecticut is now a no fracking or fracking waste acceptance state in its entirety! Kudos!

 

 

Membership Reminder:  Is your Land Alliance Membership all paid up!  Don’t remember if you have or have not? Email or phone and we will leave you a reminder .

Dues:  $l5.00 per person .     We look forward to contributions for open land and for support for our projects, events, specialists, expenses like insurances, telephone, website.

NS Land Alliance, Inc. PO Box 327, North Stonington CT, 06359

 tel:  860-599-5517        email:  landallianceinc@gmail.com        www. nslandalliance.org