Awards: The Eastern RI Conservation District honored the Bristol County
Water Company (BCWC) and the Kickemuit River Council with their "2007
Conservation Project of the Year Award" for the successful completion
of the Kickemuit Fish Ladder. Pasquale DeLise, BCWC's Executive Director,
Ian Morrison of BCWC's Board of Directorsand Ann Morrill, KRC 1st
VP accepted the award from Tom Sandham, ERICD's District Manager at
their Nov., 13, 2007 Annual Dinner at the Newport Vineyard. This was
the first fish ladder project supported by NRCS in RI. Also in attendace
from the KRC were Steven Roth, KRC President & his wife Mickey
Roth, George Ogley, KRC 2nd VP, Jane Harrison KRC Board Member, Ken
Morrill, & Sharon Pavignano, Rhode Island Rivers Council Chairperson.
Mike Kenyon, Eastern RI Conservationist, showed slides of the fish
ladder. RIRC, the BCWC, & the KRC also held a well attended public
information session at the Water Company in Warren on the fish ladder.
Clean-ups: On Saturday, April, 26, 2008 at 9:00 a.m., KRC will join
clean-up efforts by the Warren Conservation Commission in Warren along
the shores of the Kickemuit River.
Do come to the Peter Sepe Pavillion on Hugh Cole Rd., Warren, RI 02885
for sign in, bags, assignments, Dunkin Donuts coffees & donuts.
Wear appropriate clothing. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Receive a special t-shirt for helping & a "Thank you!"
hot dog roast at 12:00 noon.
In the Fall of 2008, they also participated in the Audubon Society's
clean-up for the Kickemuit River led by Chairperson Robin Aguiar.
KRC gave the young people a certificate of completion for participating
in the April clean-up.
Training: KRC attended the RI Rivers Council’s meetings, workshops,
and seminars, reporting information back to the watershed council
members. KRC attended DEM's seminar in Portsmouth Town Hall on the
new septic system regulations. KRC shared the brochure and quahog
magnet which was developed by Warren Sewer Commission, Eastern Rhode
Island Conservation District, DEM, Save the Bay, & KRC with the
Postsmouth Town Manager & asked DEM to help them update it with
the new regulations. This is in progress.
KRC members participated in Phase 4 of Laurel Park Improvement Association's
Invasive Plant Project by helping remove invasive plants and weeding
to encourage native species planted last year. David Shears, with
Warren Boy Scout Troop 25, conducted his Eagle Project by helping
remove invasive plants at Laurel Lane on the Kickemuit River.
Education and Outreach: KRC brought the "Caring for Your Septic
System" brochure to a local realtor along with the quahog magnets
with suggestions to help your septic system. They gave permission
for it to be copied by the realtor. The Warren Sewer Commission, KRC,
Eastern RI Conservation District, DEM, and Save the Bay all helped
develop the brochure. KRC also shared it with the Town of Portsmouth.
Advocacy: KRC continues to oppose LNG siting in Fall River. KRC analyzed
the facts, wrote a testimony, and presented it to RIDEM, the US Coast
Guard, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
The over 700 signatures that KRC collected in opposition to the proposed
dredging for the LNG terminal were mailed along with an analysis to
RI's Congressional Delegation , to Massachusetts' Congressional Delegation
& to every Massachusetts State Congressman. RI DEM opposes the
dredging of Mt. Hope Bay for this LNG project. KRC attends meetings
on this matter and presents testimony.
KRC is supporting the Coastal Resources Management Council in their
decision on a praticular dock on the Kickemuit River. KRC applauds
CRMC for their prop dredging regulations.
KRC participated in the Taunton River Watershed Alliance Festival
in September, 2007, in Fall River. Joseph Arruda, KRC Treasurer, explained
the KRC to participants.
KRC supported the EPA in their permitting of Brayton Point. KRC had
written an Amicus Brief & Jeanne McCabe and Daniel Morrill presented
it in 2004 to the EAB Board in Washington, DC. EAB made a favorable
decision for the EPA. Dominion Energy appealed it to the 4th District
Court in Virginia in 2007. KRC wrote another Amicus Brief & submitted
it to 4th District Court in Virginia. KRC attended a meeting in Boston
on Oct. 11, 2007, with Dominion, the EPA, RI DEM. MA DEP, RI Attorney
General, MA Attorney General, Save the Bay, the Conservation Law Foundation
, & the Taunton River Watershed Alliance. KRC pointed out how
the warm water discharges and CHEMICALS from Brayton Point were hurting
Mt. Hope Bay, the Kickemuit River, & Narragansett Bay all the
way past Narragansett, RI,--plus, the crustaceans in our waters. Dominion
decided in December, 2007, to follow the EPA permit. KRC thanks the
Warren Times & Bristol Phoenix for their analyses & help on
The KRC is very concerned about the proposal by Brayton Point Power
Plant to have a coal gasification system. The burning of building
materials containing unknown substances could poorly affect the air
quality in the EastBay and then these substances could settle out
in the water column.
After analysis of RI DEM's TMDL's results on the storm drains to the
Kickemuit River & in Mt. Hope Bay which affect the water quality
of the Kickemuit, KRC advocates for upgrades to the Warren Patterson
Avenue Sewage Pumping Station & the Bristol Pumping Station at
Annawanscutt Drive on Mt. Hope Bay. KRC has also developed the Kickemuit
Storm Drain Fecal Pollution Analysis Pollution Investigation--Phase
1 to address the DEM's TMDL identification of a pollution problem
at Parker Ave., Libby Lane, Barker Ave., & possible Patterson
Ave. These drains also service Metacom Avenue which is included the
the investigation. KRC has written grants to match DEM's 50/50 grant
to help with this. The Warren Sewer Commission, the Warren Town Council,
the Rhode Island Rivers Council, the General Assembly, & the New
England Grassroots Environment Fund, & the Warren Public Works
Department are all helping to try to solve this water quality problem.
RI DOT is also helping with this problem. Solution of this water quality
problem would help with the future use of public lands in the upper
Kickemuit River for a picnic spot, a public beach, a kayak launch,
a fish overlook, & bike path. People & fish need clean water.