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Title: Milford Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project, Milford, Massachusetts : Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Section 404(b)1 Evaluation
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. New England District
Keywords: Milford (Mass.)
Aquatic habitats
Wetland restoration
Environmental management
Environmental protection
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. New England District.
Abstract: This report provides an assessment of the environmental effects of a habitat restoration project in Milford Pond. The purpose of this habitat restoration project is to address the decline in water quality in Milford Pond and to provide improved aquatic and wetland habitat for native species. Milford Pond is a 120-acre pond located in the center of the Town of Milford, Massachusetts. The pond is formed by the impoundment of the Charles River with inflow from Huckleberry Brook, Louisa Lake, an intermittent stream, and 17 stormwater outfalls. The pond outlet water flows over a small masonry dam and continues as the main channel of the Charles River, which flows through the town of Milford and ultimately to Boston Harbor. The overall watershed is 5,440 acres (8.5 square miles) in size, and it extends beyond the municipal boundaries of the town of Milford into the towns of Hopkinton and Holliston. Milford Pond was historically a cedar swamp located in the headwaters of the Charles River providing habitat for Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides), and formerly known as Cedar Swamp Pond due to the presence of these trees. In the early 1900’s, the cedar swamp was converted into a pond through the cutting of the large cedar trees and construction of an impoundment across the Charles River approximately 100 feet downstream of Main Street. The present dam, reconstructed around 1938, consists of earthen embankments with a cast-in-place concrete primary spillway. This intermediate-sized dam, presently owned by the town of Milford, is approximately 200 feet in length, with a structural height of approximately eight feet.
Description: Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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