The Salt Water Intrusion (SWI) Taskforce is a network of individuals and organizations — including members of LWV of the Plymouth Area — advocating for the protection of the Plymouth-Carver aquifer. The task force solicited – and was awarded – a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Subterranean Resiliency Project aims to assess the Plymouth-Carver acquifer and the extent to which it is vulnerable to salt water intrusion – the process by which the balance between fresh water and salt water in coastal areas is upset and our subterranean water supplies take on more saltwater — in order to develop mitigation plans.
This project will bring together over a dozen community groups that will work together over the next two years on research, outreach and education. The scientific assessment of water (through testing of ponds and wells) will produce data allowing visualization of the current state of the acquifer and highlight areas that need action.
The League will play an educational goal through webinars, news articles, and outreach to Plymouth villages and communities.
Its first informational presentation, on Salt Water Intrusion, is scheduled for February 12.
Read more about the SWI Task Force.