April 07, 2020

South Thomaston meeting to focus on marsh health

SOUTH THOMASTON — Pollution affecting the health of the Weskeag River and its shellfish as well as a project to restore portions of the river’s salt marsh areas will be the subject of a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the South Thomaston Municipal Building.

In an effort to open previously closed clam flats to commercial shellfish harvesting, surveys to identify sources of pollution were completed in 1996 and 1997. DEP staff will focus on findings regarding nonpoint sources of pollution that affect the Weskeag. The presentation will further provide insights on what can be done to clean up these sources and to provide for the continued health of the river and its resources.

In order to restore the Weskeag’s salt marsh areas by restricting tidal flow in previously drained areas, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has initiated a restoration program. Fish & wildlife staff will discuss details of the program, outline the techniques used in this effort and provide information on the project’s progress.

The program is free and open to the general public. Municipal officials, local shellfish harvesters and shoreline property owners are urged to attend.

Copies of the watershed survey results will be available at the session.

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