Hatch Pond Watershed
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About the Hatch Pond Watershed
South Kent School was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to draft a Watershed Based Plan for the Hatch Pond Watershed. On December 11, 2014, the Hatch Pond Watershed Based Plan was finalized.
This project will now move to the next phase of implementation. South Kent School invites all those interested in the community to be part of the Hatch Pond Watershed Based Plan Implentation Committee. South Kent's Center for Innovation will continue working with the DEEP and the Northwest Conservation District as we prioritize and take next steps to improve and protect our watershed.
The Hatch Pond Watershed Based Plan is a comprehensive planning document created by the planning committee that assesses, summarizes, and addresses water quality and land use in our watershed. Over many years, our community has had the great fortune to have many interested town officials and residents, land trusts and non-profit groups working to understand the history of the use of Hatch Pond and the property in the watershed. We look forward to continuing these partnerships on the implementation committee.
Primary Goals Achieved for the Watershed Based Plan
- Characterize existing pond and watershed conditions by incorporating current data and information available on the Hatch Pond Watershed
- Identify and assess current water quality problems and issues in the watershed
- Investigate regional land and water issues
- Integrate how we look at water quality, stream flow, pond health, aquatic and riparian habitat and local land use
- Propose projects to address stormwater and non-point sources of pollution with a focus on sustainable agricultural practices and land development
- Prioritize these projects to reduce pollutants to the watershed and ultimately improve water quality in the Hatch Pond watershed
Stakeholder Implementation Committee
We successfully concluded our last meeting of the Stakeholder Planning Committee on November 21, 2014. This meeting included presentations from our engineers and consultants supporting our plan. With our Hatch Pond Watershed Based Plan finalized, we now invite the community to be part of the Stakeholder Implementation Committee.
The goal will be to continue to include representatives from South Kent School, DEEP, municipal representatives from the watershed communities, government organizations, non-profit organizations, and other interested partners who live and work in the watershed. If you would like to add your name to the e-mail list for this project or be a part of the Implementation Committee, please email: hatchwatershed [at] southkentschool.org.
Implementation Committee members and former Planning Committee members are invited to attend all meetings, review, and provide comments on outreach events and projects at key stages in the process and attend ongoing workshops related to overall environmental health and sustainability in CT.
We also hope that Implementation Committee members will invite additional members of the community to learn about the Hatch Pond Watershed and to participate in the outreach events and the implementation projects in our watershed.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please e-mail us at hatchwatershed [at] southkentschool.org. We would like to keep the conversation going, so please forward on your ideas for speakers you would like to hear from out at the farm.
Watershed Based Plan Elements
The Hatch Pond Watershed Based Plan will incorporate the nine watershed management planning elements required by EPA and DEEP for future funding of plan recommendations through the 319 Non-point Source Pollution and similar state and federal grant programs. We will:
- Identify causes of pollution
- Estimate pollutant loading into the watershed and expected load reductions
- Describe management measures
- Estimate amount of technical and financial assistance and authorities to implement the plan
- Develop information outreach and education about the plan and implementation
- Develop an initial project schedule
- Describe measurable milestones
- Identify indicators to measure progress
- Develop a monitoring component