As you know, Friends of Green Hill Pond has been focusing on a strategy to reduce bacterial content in Green Hill Pond which may lead to lifting the shell fishing ban by improving water circulation with a dredging project on both sides of the Creek Bridge in Charlestown.
We understand that a multi-faceted approach to finding solutions to the pollution in Green Hill Pond is needed including Nitrogen reduction, Waste Water Management and Water Run-off Mitigation. Our current project focuses on reducing bacteria.
An impact report is needed in order to secure the necessary permits for dredging. The cost of the impact report is $100,000. The future dredging project is estimated to be between $1 million and $1.2 million.
Good news to report! The State of Rhode Island awarded $50,000 towards the impact report in the recently approved State Budget.
The Town of South Kingstown has made a conditional commitment of $25,000 towards the impact report. This has to be approved at an upcoming Town Council Meeting.
The Town of Charlestown voted against funding the impact report in the amount of $25,000 at their June 12, 2017 meeting despite a unanimous recommendation by their Pond Commission.
There were several reasons for the denial including the fact that Charlestown's current focus is on nitrogen reduction, not bacterial reduction, and that the majority of Green Hill Pond is in South Kingstown. The Town Council meeting has been online on the Town's Web site.
This vote is a disappointment to FOGHP and leaves us $25,000 short of the needed $100,000.
We hope to raise the remaining $25,000 privately. We have received pledges of support from area businesses and individuals, but are still lacking the needed funds.
Your help is needed. There will be a working meeting of the Task Force on Saturday, October 7th at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You are invited to attend and to help us move the project forward. Thank you for caring so much.
Mary-Gail Smith co-moderator
Enid Flaherty co-moderator