Next Muskrat Marsh
March 8th at
Bulfinch main building
For suggestions, team
members should let Ingeborg, Stew or Ellen know of your concerns or additions.
*Ingeborg presented a most positive view of our restoration project Feb. 24th
for the FAR-Lesley Panel discussion in Power Point format.
*Articles in newspapers about the panel and the restoration
project. Copies will be available at the meeting.
*Possibility to have restoration project presented to
Conservation Commissions for their deeper invovlement. e.g. Cambridge
*Ingeborg has received support for the surveys of the gauges
Suggested Agenda for next meeting:
Using Task List and compilation of materials.
Please bring original
packet from first meeting which contains maps and FAR proposal.
out each one's data on a large paper form with large poster board PAD and
facts and information FIRST
Line clearly delineated simultaneously on separate poster board PAD and easel.
tasks revisited including observers and compilers of information
Team to develop Baseline Report
be first on the agenda.: Parameters of the project must be delineated. Scope of
General area that the project will
cover for its focus. This is determined by FAR proposal to the
WRP of the state. .
Suggestions added to original
Tasks from first meeting
Topography in the marsh. Ingeborg has it.
2. Note vibrant marsh area near Acorn Park Rd. Ingeborg . observations
Ellen will do observations at Acorn Park Drive and throughout the uplands
area with the docent training groups. Stew could also do observations, as he
lives near the area and has been out there for years.
3. Function of relocated storm drain pipe daylighted into constructed pond at
edge of marsh. Ingeborg and others
4. Confirm groundwater perched conditions with clay under layer, discharge or
recharge. See tasks below. (Possibly Marc Macqueen of Nat. Riparian
Stream Team- if desired, or other qualified assistance such as City of
5. Is there backwater in the marsh that contributes to stagnation. Needs
observation- Perhaps Stew would take this role as will Mormimoto and students
6. Electronic version 40-60 scale of subsurface and engineering data of a.)
Bulfinch, b.) DCR,
c.) Mugar, and d.) O'Neill properties with GIS references. Ingeborg H. a;
Elsie F. c. All those who have material such as John Walker and Ellen
7. Compile these into a comprehensive base map. FAR has access to a good
webmaster who would make a separate website for this marsh restoration project.
This would be a central place for data base compiling from anyone who was
inputting into the project in a productive way. .Also, an expert scanner would
8. Using GPS obtain elevations to fill in gaps in base map. Tim S.
9. Use flow meters at culverts. Dave M. with Tim S.
10. Use staff gauge for elevations. Dave continue what Ingeborg has
11. Record groundwater-surface water relative to rain. Dave and Ingeborg.
12. Using pizometer, study groundwater close to surface; does it flow.
Dave with Cory B. later in spring.
13. Obtain groundwater depths with Tremble submeter and GPS. Dave
14. Survey the swampy area and prepare maps of a) depth to groundwater, b)
plant communities, c) features, d) soil types and locations of fill, using
auger. b.) Ellen M. and volunteers when plants start emerging, begin
before May 1. d. Ingeborg and volunteers.
15. Do a floodplain management study. See attached map.
16. Do a soils analysis.- volunteer or NRST
17. Ask Arlington to do a study of their culvert conditions and flow from the
Arlington side. Ellen Reed may consider this.
B. Organizing towards restoratio
2. Outline the project on a large paper
3. Enumerate steps and schedule in a time line.
a. as soon as snow melts to mid or late summer - feasibility study
from results of Ingeborg's survey team and Lesley University
b. late summer to October - here is what is needed and feasible
c. to end of '05, by agency review and public meeting, get consensus
d. 6-8 months following, engineering and cost
e. throughout, fundraising
4. Work on a budget.
5. Determine who is the sponsor, the owner of the project, who will select a
FAR appoint a subcommittee to look
at options and make recommendation.