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2022 Annual Summer Meeting

2022 Annual Summer Meeting

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2022 Annual SNEC Summer Meeting

The Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is hosting a field excursion on Wednesday, July 20 in Kingston, Rhode Island in collaboration with the URI Cooperative Extension. The event will begin with our SNEC Annual Meeting (open to all attendees, members and non-members) which is when we will announce the results of our 2022-23 Board of Directors Election, reflect on the past year, and discuss our goals for the future of the Chapter. Following this, we will hear from members of the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension, Alissa Cox and Elizabeth Herron. Elizabeth Herron is the Program Coordinator for URI’s Watershed Watch Program, Rhode Island’s largest volunteer water quality monitoring. She is actively involved in assessing water quality and watershed conditions throughout the state, including lakes, ponds, streams, salt ponds, and marine beaches. 

Alissa Cox is the director of the New England Onsite Wastewater Training Program (NEOSTP). She earned her PhD in URI’s Laboratory of Soil Ecology and Microbiology (LSEM) and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Natural Resources Science department at URI. Alissa Cox will speak on the performance of different advanced treatment technologies and their effects on local water quality. After the presentations, attendees will participate in a guided tour of the Wastewater Treatment Center and Peckham Farm. After lunch, we’ll tour the onsite wastewater training center at Peckham Farm, where we’ll look at examples and explore the functions of different types of septic system technologies in our model systems. Afterward, we’ll go on a driving tour adapted from a tour developed by our partners at the Town of Charlestown to illustrate how advanced wastewater treatment matters, and what’s at stake.

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2021 Summer Meeting

2021 Summer Meeting –
Urban Soils & Environmental Justice Panel Discussion

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2021 Annual Summer Meeting

Join the Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for a virtual panel discussion concerning the current status of our often-overlooked urban soils. 

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 We will look for opportunities to enhance the functions and values of these soils with emphasis on benefits to the human environment in the context of environmental justice. We plan to address urban soil reconnaissance, regeneration, and how our relationship to the soil informs our use of this resource. Our overall goal is to spark a discussion about the environmental justice movement and explore strategies to enlist all levels of stakeholders in urban soil restoration and utilization.

Following our panelist presentations, we will have time for a guided Q&A session before moving into the SWCS Southern New England Chapter Annual Meeting. In this meeting (open to all attendees) we will announce the results of our 2021-22 Board of Directors Election, reflect on the past year, and discuss our goals for the future of the Chapter.

$10 Students | $20 SWCS Members | $25 General Admission


10am – Introductions & Topic Overview
10:15am – Panelist Presentations
  11am – Guided Q&A
  11:30am – SNEC Annual Meeting

EnviroCert Credits

The Southern New England Chapter’s 2021 Annual Summer Meeting Urban Soils & Environmental Justice panel discussion and Q&A session is approved by EnviroCert International, Inc. for professional development hours (PDH). 

Every fifty (50) minutes of contact or participation time will earn one (1) PDH. PDHs can be documented via a copy of your attendance record. Our panel will provide 90 minutes of discussion.

Event Details

The panel will be moderated by Denise Savageau, whose impressive roles in the conservation community include President of the Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts, Chair of the Connecticut Council on Soil and Water Conservation, and board member of the National Association of Conservation Districts and Chair of Northeast Region among several other positions.

Our panelists:
Sara Shostak  Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University
Thomas L. Morgart  State Conservationist, Connecticut NRCS
Cassius Spears  Member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe & President of the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Districts

SNEC 2021 Annual Meeting

Thank you for joining us to discuss the past year at SNEC! We recapped our 2020-2021 events, internship program, and our 2021 goals in effect. We then looked forward to our next year’s event calendar, our newly elected Board of Directors, and set goals for our upcoming year.

Contact us at for more information! 

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2020 Summer Meeting

2020 Summer Meeting –
COVID-19: Early Effects on Agriculture and Dairy Production

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Friday June 26th @ 2pm

Members get exclusive first access to complimentary tickets starting Monday, June 8th at 9:00am. General Admission access begins on Wednesday June 10th at 9:00am.

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About the Meeting

We’re planning an engaging discussion about the impact COVID-19 will have on our food supply and local farmers. Our speakers will present on –

Thomas Smiarowski: Impact of COVID-19 on Agricultural Operations
Amanda Freund : COVID Implications for a diversified dairy farm

We hope to wrap up the presentations with breakout room discussions and come back for Q&A with our speakers. This will be followed by a SNEC membership meeting, in which we will announce the FY 2020-21 Board of Directors election results.

Members should look for their electronic ballots to be distributed mid-May. We’ll also send out paper ballots if this method is preferable, just choose a medium and cast your votes!

The meeting will take place over Zoom on Friday, June 26th 2020 at 2pm. We look forward to seeing you then!


Meet our speakers:

Amanda Freund is a 3rd generation farmer in Connecticut. She is joined by 5 family members on the farm, together they manage 3 unique businesses: a dairy farm, a farm market and a manufacturing facility transforming their cows’ manure into biodegradable pots called CowPots. She is very active with her dairy cooperative, Agri-Mark (Cabot Cooperative) and has traveled around the country speaking at conferences about diversification, sustainable farming, women in agriculture and the joys (and challenges) of farming with family.

Thomas Smiarowski grew up on a dairy and vegetable farm located on the Connecticut River in Montague, MA. The primary crops grown on the farm were potatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn and asparagus. Following graduation from UMass, he worked for the USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) and it’s predecessor the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) for 34 years occupying a variety of positions in two different locations in Massachusetts. The USDA-FSA is responsible for the administration of Federal programs that provide direct financial assistance to agricultural producers. He retired from the USDA-FSA in 2012 and for the past seven years has served as a part-time Extension Educator with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Crop Insurance/Risk Management Education Program, which is funded through a grant by the USDA-Risk Management Agency (RMA), the Federal agency responsible for the Federal Crop Insurance. He has also worked on a similar program at the University of Rhode Island for the past four years. Currently he assists his brother, who owns and operates the family farm, with asparagus, potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash being the crops currently grown on the farm.


Why are we going virtual?

While we’ll miss seeing our members in person at our Annual Summer meeting this year, a virtual meeting will allow for broader participation and will ensure the health and safety of our attendees.

With the ability for folks to tune in from their home or office, there is expanded opportunity for people to participate. Another benefit – this meeting will have no cost registration!

Election Details

SNEC SWCS is allowing online voting for the FY20-21 Board of Directors Election per our change of bylaws, enacted in 2019. Online voting will allow for quick and simple participation! We will also send out paper ballots to all members, for those who prefer this method. Members should receive a personalized link to their online ballot via email.* If a member sends in both a paper ballot and votes electronically, the first ballot received will be counted.

Biographies for BOD candidates are included in the ballot packet linked below. All members are eligible to vote for all candidates. Position Descriptions are available here.

You may write in a candidate; self-nominations are welcome. Candidates must be SNEC members in good standing and committed to participating. Please notify Renee Bouldin, Executive Director, at of write-in candidates, so that the ballot posted can be updated and members notified.

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Board of Directors Election Ballot

*Are you a member and didn’t receive a digital ballot? Please take a moment to send your name and correct mailing address to This will ensure that you continue to receive up to date information. 

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2019 Summer Meeting

2019 Summer Meeting –
Living Shoreline & Restoration Workshop & Field Tour

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See Audubon Connecticut’s Living Shoreline Project!

SWCS SNEC Summer Meeting

Living Shoreline & Restoration Workshop & Field Tour

Friday, August 9, 2019

AUDUBON CT at Stratford Point

Address:  1207 Prospect Drive | Stratford, CT 06615

Stratford Point, Stratford, CT

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Free Lunch Included

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2019 Schedule Summer Meeting

SWCS Members & Government Staff $35

Non-SWCS Members $50

The Soil & Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) is hosting an annual Summer Meeting for SWCS members and the public at the Stratford Point in Stratford, CT on Friday, August 9 in Connecticut.  Presentations will be followed by lunch, a SWCS membership meeting, and a Guided Field Tour to several sites including the Living Shore Line Project!

Current Speakers:

Dr. Jennifer Mattei, Professor of Biology at Sacred Heart University, CT will present “Stratford Point Living Shoreline: Restoring Multiple Coastal Habitats to Maintain Resiliency and Function”.

Ron Rozsa, Coastal Ecologist, will cover the “Habitat Management Plan for Long Beach in Stratford, CT”.

Susmitha Attota, AICP, Stratford Town Planner, and Daniel C. Stapleton, P.E., Senior Vice-President/Senior Principal of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA) will co-present “Coastal Resiliency Planning in Stratford”.

Richard Potvin, Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge Manager, will discuss the proposed GMMU Salt Marsh Restoration project.

Guided Field Tours to 2 sites after lunch:

Living Shoreline and Restoration tour of Stratford Point, guided by Genevieve Nuttall, Audubon’s Bird Conservation Program Associate and Will Perret, Stratford Point’s Land Steward.  Click here for information about the restoration work onsite.

Proposed Salt Marsh Restoration at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge Great Meadows Marsh Unit (GMMU), guided by Rick Potvin, Stewart B. McKinney NWR Manager.

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2018 Summer Meeting

2018 Summer Meeting –
Coastal Erosion Field Tour

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Friday Field Tour

Coastal Erosion

August 10, 2018

Wakefield, Rhode Island

SWCS Members & Government Staff $35

Non-SWCS Members $50

The Soil & Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) is hosting an annual Summer Meeting for SWCS members and the public at the South Kingstown Land Trust Barn on Friday, August 10 in Rhode Island.  Rhode Island government staff will discuss the BeachSAMP, followed by a Field Tour to coastal erosion sites along the South Kingstown Town Beach, lunch, and a SWCS SNEC membership meeting.


Teresa Crean, Community planner and coastal management extension specialist with the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.  Teresa will present  Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan and Coastal Resiliency Tools.  Teresa joined CRC/Sea Grant in 2008 and is currently facilitating municipal-scale projects in Rhode Island that address coastal adaptation to climate change and sea level rise. This work involves evaluating the results of mapping exercises to clearly communicate challenges and opportunities to municipal stakeholders while collaboratively considering policies and projects that may increase resiliency in the face of potential impacts from coastal hazards and storm events. Teresa has also has worked on renewable energy planning, marine spatial planning and coastal community planning, addressing public access and working waterfront issues. All of her work employs a research and planning process that integrates the best available science with open input and involvement from a broad range of stakeholders, decision makers and the public. Teresa also has worked for non-profit regional planning commissions and for planning/design firms in the private sector. She earned a Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, a B.S. in Environmental Policy/Natural Resource Management from the University of Michigan and is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  Teresa’s e-mail address is

Samantha Apgar, is a UConn PhD Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and will present “Tidal marsh bird nesting adaptations and consequences as sea levels rise”.  Samantha’s current research focuses on the ways in which birds that nest on the ground in tidal marshes are adapted to nest flooding. She is interested in how these existing traits make each species more or less at risk of extinction due to sea level rise. Her work focuses on the nest structure, egg structure, and chick and adult behavior of four avian tidal marsh specialist species (the Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Willet, and Clapper Rail).  For a copy of Samantha’s SWCS SNEC presentation, please contact her at  Her presentation is too large to download here.

Dr. Bryan Oakley is from Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) will speak on “Shoreline Change in the Matunuck area”.  Bryan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Earth Science Department at Eastern Connecticut State University and a part-time researcher in the Department of Geosciences, at the University of Rhode Island. He has broad experience in marine surveying, habitat mapping, coastal and glacial geology. My interests are wide-ranging, spanning the Quaternary geology of New England.  Dr. Oakley can be reached at and you may CLICK_HERE to see his presentation.

Janet Freedman, a Coastal Geologist at RI Coastal Resources Management Council will lead the “Shoreline change field tour-a look at adaptation approaches and more” at coastal sites along the town beach (approximately 2 miles)! Janet Freedman is a Coastal Geologist at the RI Coastal Resources Management Council. She is responsible for developing and implementing policy related to coastal hazards, shoreline changes, and sea level rise. She coordinates with federal, state, local and non-government partners on issues dealing with erosion control technologies, the beneficial re-use of dredged materials, climate change impacts and habitat restoration. Janet is a member of the Education and Outreach Committee of the RI Flood Mitigation Association, the RI State Hazard Mitigation Committee, the Providence Harbor Commission, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council Coastal Hazards Committee, and the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems Board of Directors. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island Department of Geosciences where she studied late Pleistocene climate change and its present day implications.  Janet can be reached at

Debbie Surabian will give an overview of the Coastal Zone Soil Survey (CZSS)”.  Debbie is the State Soil Scientist for Connecticut and Rhode Island with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. She has over 20 years of experience with USDA NRCS as MLRA 12-6 Soil Survey Office Leader serving 8 northeast states and Soil Conservationist serving Florida. She is experienced with describing, classifying, mapping, and interpreting terrestrial, anthropogenic, and subaqueous soils, using ground-penetrating radar (GPR), and identifying soil characteristics of natural and disturbed soils.  Debbie’s e-mail address is

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2017 Summer Meeting

2017 Summer Meeting –
Tour of Dam Removal Sites!! Mill River Restoration (Taunton, MA)

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8 Aug – chapter meeting postponed; extra time will be spent at dam removal sites

Friday 11 August 2017
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tour of Dam Removal Sites!!

Mill River Restoration (Taunton, MA)

The SWCS Southern New England Chapter is pleased to  present a tour of dam removal sites led by Beth Lambert, Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program Manager at the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration.  Beth has been managing the projects and has abundant hands-on knowledge.   “There are two completed dam removals with very different floodplain wetland characteristics; it will be interesting to compare and contrast trajectories.”

Based on survey feedback, this program will include intermediate- to advanced-level content.

There is plenty of parking at the dam sites, but leaving cars at the hotel and carpooling is also an option.

13 July 2017 update:
Mike Burke, PE, Water Resources Engineer at Inter-Fluve, will tag-team with Beth Lambert to present project information.

Beth will focus on all things sediment in her presentation – sampling plans, permitting, disposal and more.

23 July 2017 update: 

Venue for the indoor portion of the Summer Meeting

Holiday Inn Taunton-Foxboro Area
700 Myles Standish Boulevard
Taunton, MA 02780

8 Aug 2017 update:  

The Southern New England Chapter Meeting has been postponed; the extra half-hour will be spent on the dam removal sites.  

AGENDA   floor plan

8: 30 a.m. – 2nd floor Lobby
 – Registration

9 a.m. – Lincoln Room
 – Sediment Management on Mill River Restoration Dam Removal Projects
Beth Lambert | Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program Manager, MassDER

Beth will cover the MA regulations, sediment testing, options for sediment management, and will compare & contrast the two sites to be visited during the field tour.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Field Tour
 – Whittenton Dam and State Hospital/Hopewell Mill Dam Removal Sites

The tour will be led by Mike Burke, with Beth chiming in.  Some background will be provided about the Mill River Restoration Project as a whole for context, but the focus will be on dam removal and all that entails.

 – Channel Design and Construction
Mike Burke | Water Resources Engineer, Inter-Fluve

Mike will provide detailed information during the tour about the considerations and process involved in designing stream channels in dam removal situations.


Payment by credit card, check or invoice are accepted; options are presented after attendee info has been entered. 

  • SWCS Member – $35

  • Government – $35

  • Non-Member – $45

  • Student – $25

Blue Light Special – $125.00

for new members only — includes a 1-year SWCS and Southern New England Chapter membership at the $90 Professional level

Register 3, Get 1 FREE!!! 

25% off the standard rate when 4 or more attendees register together.

  • Member/Gov Group     $26.25

  • Non-Member Group    $33.75

 From the MassDER website at

The Mill River is a tributary to the dam-free Wild and Scenic Taunton River which in turn flows into Narragansett Bay.  National attention focused on the Mill River in 2005 when Whittenton Dam came close to failing during an extreme flood.

Whittenton Dam

The crisis catalyzed the City, agencies and NGOs to examine the public safety benefits of removing three aging dams on the Mill River.  With guidance from MassDER and others, the Mill River Restoration Partners  and dam owners began to explore removing the three obsolete dams and building a fish ladder at a fourth.

Now, the Mill River Restoration Project is underway:

  • Hopewell Mills Dam was removed in 2012.

  • Hopewell Mills Dam, before…

  • … during…
  • … and after removal
    • A fish ladder was constructed at Morey’s Bridge Dam in 2012.
    • Whittenton Dam was removed in 2013.
    • West Britannia Dam will be removed in the fall of 2017.

Mill River Restoration Project Vital Statistics

Town:  Taunton

Major Watershed:  Taunton

Subwatershed:  Mill River

Partners:  MassDER, Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, The Nature Conservancy, American Rivers, Save the Bay, NOAA Restoration Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service,  USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, MA Division of Marine Fisheries, MA Department of Mental Health MA Department of Transportation, Mass Audubon, Taunton River Watershed Alliance, Corporate Wetlands Restoration Program, dam owners

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2016 Summer Meeting

2016 Summer Meeting –
COMPOST | Turning Waste into Wealth

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a half-day event on

Friday AUGUST 5th


Turning Waste into Wealth

Bear Path Farm, West Whately and
UMass Amherst Holdsworth Hall

Group Discounts available!

The SWCS Southern New England Chapter 2016 Summer Meeting will feature a tour of the composting operation at Bear Path Farm, led by farm owner Bill Obear and Mike Mahar, Bill’s partner and Bear Path Compost co-owner.  Katie Campbell-Nelson (UMass Extension) will provide guidance on compost sampling and other practical information.

The residues-to-riches story will continue at UMass Amherst, with presentations by Geoff Kuter (Agresource) and Hotze Wijnja (Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources).  A video by Masoud Hashemi and Atakan Kadi (UMass Amherst) will be shown during lunch:  Low Cost Aerated Static Composting Systems for Small Acreage Equine Operations.

The event will conclude with the Southern New England Chapter Annual Meeting, which is open to all.

Click HERE for program details, links to handouts and speaker information.

Compost information HERE.


Registration Rates

  • SWCS Member:  $35
  • Government:  $35
  • Non-Member:  $45
  • Student:  $25
  • Blue Light Special:  $125 — includes 1 year SWCS / Southern New England Chapter membership at the $90 Professional level and registration at the Member rate — for new members only

Fee includes a half-day parking permit for UMass Lot 45 and Lunch.


Register 3 or more, Get 1 FREE!!   

—–>>>  25% off each ticket  <<<—–

This discount applies to groups of any four or more SWCS Members/Government or groups of any four or more Non-Members who register together.

DIRECTIONS to Bear Path Compost, farm parking and UMass Lot 45

Our host sent these instructions for parking on the farm:Google maps does not show the proper location of Bear Path Compost (formerly Bear Path Farm).  You should actually continue north on Webber Road for an additional 1/4 mile.  134 Webber Rd. is the next mailbox on the right.  You will see a large red roofed barn and a small building next to the driveway that has a Tree Farm sign on it. Attendees should then pull into the driveway, turn around and go back the way they came for 200 yards or so and go left where a sign says COMPOST ENTER.  This is also the entrance to the West Whately cemetery.  At the bottom of the road is a building where we keep our equipment etc. and there is plenty of parking down there.

You can see the red roof of our barn on the Google map as well as our house which is gray near a line of pine trees.  When you look at the the Google map you will see the tree line creating what appears to be an upside down representation of Massachusetts (I never noticed this before).  The clearing between the forested “Cape Cod” and the rest of the forested state is in reality the West Whately cemetery.  The road that accesses West Whately cemetery was built over 200 years ago and joins Webber Road parallel as opposed to perpendicular.  Not the greatest road layout for modern vehicles.

Let me know if you need any more directions / parking information.  I will likely send you a handout in the next few days.

Mike and I are looking forward to meeting you and your members.  Take care.



Managing Phosphorus in Organic Residuals
Applied to Soils

Composts, Biosolids, Manures, and
Other Organic Residual Sources

A symposium presented by the University of Massachusetts
Extension Agriculture and Landscape Program

Wednesday 2 November 2016
8:15 a.m. -4 p.m. in Marlborough, MA


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2015 Summer Meeting –
A River Runs Through It: Daylighting of the Neponset River at Gillette Stadium

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Thursday August 6th at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA

More than a decade ago, the New England Patriots’ constructed the new Gillette Stadium.  A significant side project was the restoration of a long stretch of the Neponset River adjacent to the new stadium’s parking lot.  The SNEC 2015 Summer Meeting featured a tour of the site a decade later, where attendees witnessed for ourselves the progress of the maturing habit; followed by a presentation (posted below) of project details in a stadium conference room.  SNEC members and friends adjourned to a nearby restaurant for the Chapter business portion of the program, which included a tally of election results and discussion about the future of the SWCS Southern New England Chapter.

The tour and presentation were arranged by the Ecological Landscape Alliance.  Thank you, Penny Lewis and Tom Benjamin!

Thank you as well to our hosts, Woody Benisek-Beal and Stephen Morrison of the Kraft Group.

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    bio-engineered stormwater BMP inside the stadium
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    wetland plantings are diverse and thriving
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    planting design info appears on slide # 49 of Tom’s presentation (below)
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    acres of riparian corridor, including upland meadow, were restored with native species
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    scour protection at culverts
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    bio-engineered stormwater management for parking area
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    The pedestrian access is a berm that doubles as a flood control structure – see slide # 39 of Tom’s presentation, below
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    Looking south/upstream at “rapids” and other habitat features – see slide # 45 of Tom’s presentation (below) – towards a low-flow weir
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    The site tour started on the pedestrian access walkway from the T station, which offers a great view of the daylighted river.
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    Neponset River, looking north/downstream – conceptual design info begins on slide # 34 of Tom’s presentation (below)
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    Tom Benjamin of Ecological Landscape Alliance (right) with hosts Woody Benisek-Beal and Stephen Morrison (left) of the Kraft Group
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    Success!! Neponset River at Gillette Stadium, 18 July 2015

In the 1940s, racetrack construction on the site had originally forced the river underground.  Gillette Stadium needed parking and the silt-clogged system needed “daylighting” and restoration.  Tom Benjamin was hired by the New England Patriots/Kraft Group to enhance daylighting and re-create the riparian habitat for a one-mile section of the Neponset River including all aspects of the landscape design, from the master plan through to construction documents.

The daylighting project removed two blocked culverts and reconnected disrupted sections of the river, diverting flow back to the Neponset River’s historic alignment.  Wetland mitigation and flood control provided major drivers for this fast-tracked project that proceeded from concept to implementation in less than one year.  The primary flood control structure, a large berm, served as an access path to the stadium’s railroad station, adding to the project’s visibility.  Tom leveraged complex wetland compliance elements to maximize the visual impact and biodiversity values of the restored river corridor’s natural edge to developed portion of site.

Tom Benjamin’s project presentation:
Neponset River Restoration Project for the New England Patriots (16 MB)

Project Highlights:

  1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Award for Excellence (2002)
  2. Extensive bioengineering and re-vegetation efforts
  3. A river corridor functioning as an established natural system restored back to its original alignment

Article by Tom, published in the April 2003 issue of Landscape Architect magazine:
Neponset Article_LA Mag-Ecology_April 03

Tom Benjamin is an independent registered Landscape Architect and LEED-accredited Professional (AP BD+C) practicing design and sustainability consulting, and is Principal of Wellnesscapes.  Tom has more than 20 years of experience in environmental design and sustainability work that often focused on green design including energy, waste, water and food systems.

In addition to residential restoration, Tom’s site planning work emphasizes low cost, low maintenance landscape solutions for healthcare, academic and senior institutions, public facilities, commercial and residential developments, large-scale solar farms and community farms/gardens.

Tom teaches sustainable landscape design at the University of Massachusetts.  He is the recipient of multiple awards, including three for his sustainable landscape design work at Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI.  Tom is a Board Member of the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA).

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