Environmental Permitting – MassDOT Bruce Freeman Rail Trail - Acton, Carlisle, Concord and Weston, MA
By invitation, Nover-Armstrong recently attended the Groundbreaking event of Phase 2A of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Acton, MA. MassDOT along with the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (FBFRT) and Town of Acton hosted the event. Governor Baker and MassDOT were represented by Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of Transportation. The purpose of the Groundbreaking was to recognize the beginning of construction of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, Phase 2A. This rail to trail project begins at the end of Phase 1 section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Westford and continues south along the former New Haven Railroad Framingham and Lowell Line for approximately 4.88 miles. The Trail will pass through Westford, Carlisle and Acton ending at a location just north of Route 2.
As part of the Greenman-Peterson Design Team, Nover-Armstrong provided Comprehensive Environmental Permitting Services for this rail project. Specifically, on behalf of the Towns of Acton, Carlisle, Concord, and Westford, Nover-Armstrong prepared Notice of Intents under the state Wetlands Protection Act, M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40 and its implementing Regulations, 310 CMR 10.00 as well as local wetland bylaws for the environmental permitting of Phase 2A and 2C of the multi-purpose Bruce Freeman Rail Trail for MassDOT. Each Notice of Intent included quantifiable impacts and proposed mitigation responses to each resource area including bordering vegetated wetlands, FEMA 100-floodplain, Bordering Land Subject to Flooding, 200-foot Riverfront Area, Bank, and Land Under Waterways.
Nover-Armstrong’s Senior Wetland Scientist submitted associated documentation to the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) due to the project’s location situated within a 2008 NHESP-mapped Priority Habitats of Rare Species as well as being subject to the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (321 CMR 10.18) project review to determine if the project will result in a Take of the rare species. Nover-Armstrong’s Senior Professional Engineer prepared a floodplain analysis using the HEC-RAS modeling at six bridge crossings over major rivers and tributaries along the 4.88 mile extension. Additionally, a thorough review and investigation of the stormwater components was submitted through completion of the Stormwater Checklist and Stormwater Report. On-going public hearing guidance and representation for the Towns of Acton, Carlisle, Concord, and Westford is being provided by Nover-Armstrong’s Senior Wetland Scientist.
During the Groundbreaking event, Nover-Armstrong’s diligent efforts were recognized as a pivotal contribution to this successful community project.
LSP and Wetland Permitting Services – Abandoned Industrial Complex, Abington, MA
Four Releases, as defined by the MCP, have been identified at this abandoned former industrial facility. A river bisects the site, flowing beneath former industrial structures via culverts. Additional wetland resource areas subject to protection under the Wetlands Protection Act exist at the site including bordering land subject to flooding, bordering vegetated wetland, and 200-foot Riverfront Area... Read More