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Eversource's Vegetation Management Plan 2018 - 2022 lists herbicide use for the next 5 years above our aquifer when there are other alternatives
 


You can be a part of helping to protect
our quality of life here!  

The goal is to remove herbicides from the VMP.  It's been the way Eversource keeps vegetation down along power lines for the past five years.  MDAR (Mass department of Agricultural Resources) is to approve the VMP for the next five years and we want to stop this by writing a strong comment against the VMP since it lists herbicides on our land which is above our aquifer.  We have six (6) lenses here and five (5) are useable.  We strive to protect our waters by lessening the impact of human use by seeking alternatives.  When there are other successful ways that can heal the same situation it should be allowed.  Towns don't wish for herbicide use along power lines, many have documents against this for years but the state continues to rely upon EPA standards that allow herbicides.  The POCCA team educates the Massachusetts Pesticide Advisory Board that we live above where we drink water so we should be exempt from such a vegetation management method with toxins. Cape Cod needs you now, please get involved, thank you very much ~ 
 
See how the VMP 2018 - 2022 reads:
https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/02/01/Eversource-Eastern-MA-VMP-202018-2022-Cape-n-Islands.pdf

At the end of this newsletter see a map of Cape Cod with power lines in pink showing us where herbicides are applied for vegetation management by Eversource, it's sad.

Everyone who uses water on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard please write a FACT-based comment against the use of herbicides along power lines by Eversource to MDAR:

The Department of Agricultural Resources will accept written testimony concerning the Eversource Energy, Eastern MA VMP until the close of business: Friday, March 16th, 2018

For ideas on what to write:   www.poccacapecod.org and click on VMP 

Commentary should be sent by 'snail mail' to:

Rights-of -Way Program Coordinator

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

251 Causeway Street, Suite 500 Boston,

Massachusetts 02114-2151

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY is to speak to MDAR and Eversource at a Hearing

A - Would you please contact your town Board of Health and town Water Commission, request they write a comment letter against the VMP to MDAR by March 16th?
B- Would you also request to your board of Health and water board to be present at one of the Public Hearings below?  This is most helpful in the solution of this whole issue, to have BOHealth and Water boards be present and speak aloud to MDAR why their town doesn't want herbicide use along power lines again. 
C - Would you be present at one of the Public Hearings to speak aloud to Everource and MDAR?  It would be most helpful to fill the room so even if you don't want to speak, please be present and see how we are trying to change history for generations:

1 - There is an Eversource Public Hearing at the Sandwich town hall in the auditorium on March 1st at 11am to 12:30pm.  After MDAR will share more on the VMP to the public to 2pm. 

2 - There is another newly added Eversource Public Hearing at Chatham town offices Annex, lower level out back, on March 6th at 11am to 12:30pm.  After MDAR will share more on the VMP to the public to 2pm.


A WRITING PARTY at the WELLFLEET LIBRARY
Sunday, February 18th from 2 to 5pm ~
The POCCA team will be hosting a 'writing party' ~
We have recycled paper, envelopes, stamps and light foods to share ~
We have maps and ideas and arguments and alternatives lists to choose from ~
Come help your community by writing a FACT to MDAR on time, JOIN US, it's fun!


These are important opportunities to protect OUR natural resources on Cape and MV.  Thank you for being a part of our community and reaching out with your strong words on this important issue that will last for the next five (5) years.                                                                                   The chance for us to have our voices heard on this matter is now, the comment period closes Friday at 5pm on March 16th ~
 

POCCA in the news this week:
 

February 9th in the Cape Codder Newspaper:
http://brewster.wickedlocal.com/news/20180212/eversource-unveils-its-latest-herbicide-plan-for-cape

February 10th on the front page of the Cape Cod Times:
http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20180209/opposition-mounts-to-eversources-five-year-herbicide-proposal

February 8th in the Cape Cod Times:
http://www.capecodtimes.com/opinion/20180208/halt-use-of-alum-for-treating-algae-in-ponds

Here is a 30 minute radio show on WOMR explaining in more detail:
https://soundcloud.com/womr-podcasts/020618-talking-back-laura-kelley


Thank YOU for being a part of changing history ~ each one of us counts! 

The POCCA team is doing all we can to help protect our quality of life here on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard by educating water protection importance.

Will you join the mission?  It's our home after all!


 

         Another mission of ours is to educate others how they can lessen their impact above our aquifer by what they purchase for inside and outside their bodies and homes.  We show it's cost effective and makes a real difference.  Want to learn more? 
Visit our products page: 
 
 https://www.poccacapecod.org/products 

Befriend POCCA Cape Cod on FaceBook at: 
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www.poccacapecod.org
Learn more, make a donation, and forward to your friends! ~ We are in this together ~
 
Thank you for doing all you can to lessen your own impact
of toxic use above our aquifer by the choices you make every day. 

Each one of us matters!
As you know, the POCCA team relies on your kind donations to continue our work to protect the land we all love, Cape Cod and the natural resources upon it.  Thank you for doing all you can at this time to keep us going.  Currently the POCCA team is going to all Boards of Health and Water commissions in 21 towns requesting they get involved by writing documents against the VMP and speaking to MDAR about their concerns.  We appreciate your help in any way you can, it is a critical time.  Thank you again.
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