Friends of Farm Pond, Oak Bluffs MA

Draft Letter for the Highway Department

Dear Friends of Farm Pond,

Below is a letter  we ask you to send to Mass Highway Department to get the FINAL PERMIT that will allow us to open the second culvert on the pond. We've written the letter out below and also have links to the draft as a WORD document and to the PDF of the permit we received from the Army Core of Engineers.

Please send a signed hard copy, along with an email to Bernard McCourt and PLEASE follow up with a phone call:

Mr. Bernard McCourt
MA Highway District 5
1000 County Street
Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 824-6633 phone
(508) 880-6102 fax


25August 2009

Mr.Bernard McCourt       
MAHighways District 5
1000County St.
Taunton,MA 02780
Dear Mr.McCourt,
Greetings from Oak Bluffs and the community within the Farm Pond watershed.  This letter is to share with you an urgent, time sensitive matter.
To the best of our knowledge the attached Permit #NAE-2009-1731 from Department of the Army New England District, Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division CENAE-R-PEA is the last federal permit that Mass Highways requires prior to approving and issuing the Mass Highway Access Permit to open the second culvert on Farm Pond,which is blocked by cement caps on either side.
Our permit from the Corps of Engineers expires in 1/2010. It’s taken years of work to get to this point. We ask you to please issue the permit from the Massachusetts Highway Department (application attached) so the work of many people will not be wasted, and more importantly, to save Farm Pond from irreversible and rapid degradation, which poses a hazard to the Federal, State,Town and private property surrounding the Pond and within its watershed.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Opening Culvert Letter Downloads

  • Letter Draft Word Doc
    Word document draft of letter to send to Mass Highway Department to get the FINAL PERMIT that will allow us to open the second culvert on the pond.
    Click here to download file/form

  • Permit Number: NAE-2009-1731
    PDF copy of the permit received by the Department of the Army corp of Engineers giving their permission to remove the caps from the culvert.
    Click here to download file/form

  • Farm Pond Mass Highway Permit Application
    PDF copy of permit application sent to mass highway
    Click here to download file/form

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