WRWA Appeals Conservation Commission’s Decision
On Friday, December 28, 2012, the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) requested that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issue a Superseding Order of Resource Area Delineation based on the wetland boundaries accepted by the Westport Conservation Commissions in response to an Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation at the Prestige Auto Mart property at 1058 State Road, Westport, MA (DEP File # 80-2029).
WRWA is appealing the Westport Conservation Commission approved Order of Resource Area Delineation. WRWA believes the order did not adequately address filled wetlands on the property. Fill has been placed on the property in the past, and the location of filled wetlands has a bearing on proposed activities on the site and the application of state wetland laws and regulations.
Matt Patrick, the WRWA’s Executive Director, said, “The Prestige Auto project sets a bad precedent for this area which recharges Bread and Cheese Brook, a major tributary to the East Branch of the Westport River. The Mass Estuaries Report attributes 33% of the East Branch’s total nitrogen to sub watershed 3. Eventually, the tax payer is going to get a bill for cleaning up the River so we don’t want the nitrogen pollution to get any worse than it is already. Any development in this area will get a great deal of scrutiny from us.”
Lisabeth White, WRWA’s Director of Advocacy, in a letter to the town of Westport’s Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Board of Health, added, “…there already exists numerous flooding and stormwater problems in that vicinity along Rt. 6 due to lack of adequate stormwater controls. Property on Bower Avenue in particular has been severely impacted by storm waters entering and flooding the property, including the house.”