2009.07.01

Our busiest season at the DNR...

We received a federal stimulus grant for our work to replace the restrictive culvert under 6A near Betty's Curve. This will improved the herring run to Stony Brook, and restore approximately 20 acres of salt marsh south of 6A. More to follow.

Completed in the last month:
  • Installed the swim rafts at Long Pond beach and the Sailing program raft at Upper Mill.
  • Installed the "no wake" floats in Long Pond; many of them replaced this year.
  • Built and installed a new kayak rack for the Rec department at Long Pond.
  • Purchased and installed three new bike racks at town landings.
  • Purchased and installed three new kiosks in the Punkhorn Parklands (Calf Field Pond, Eagle Point, and the trail east of the parking area). Thanks to Brian Dinizio, AmeriCorp, for all his work in completing trail maintenance and creating the new trail guides.
  • Wing Island erosion control on the trails (with AmeriCorp assistance).
  • Lot of work at our newest property, Quivett Marsh Vista (on 6A at the west end of town). New split rail fencing, work on the parking area; removal of invasives and non-native plants, establishing a nature trail, removal of a metal shed and other detrius. Still more ongoing...

Ongoing:
  • Weekly surface water sampling of public bathing beaches, fresh and salt.
  • Pond monitoring has increased, in addition to our seasonal sampling of groundwater at Captains and the rec fields.
  • Oysters are growing fast; we expect to purchase more seed this week.
  • Shellfishing at our stocked area off Saints Landing on Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Summer intern program has grown again; Monday is Water Quality work; Tuesday is Shellfish; Wednesday is Land Management. We couldn't get all of what's needed done without the support of our volunteers; thanks.
  • Wildfire fuel reduction in the Punkhorn Parklands.
  • Regulatory sign replacement of worn/damaged signs.
  • Managing the mooring process; still have many unregistered moorings to bring into compliance.
The new DNR boat is being used weekly; very nice to have a suitable and safe way to manage the bay side.