This is high tide at the 100 foot breach on the old Railroad bed across Mill Pond Creek Marsh. The proposed "planned" breach is for a 95 foot opening. Nature has educated us about the long term effects of many breaches over hundreds of years. We need to heed her lessons.
This is low tide at the same Railroad breach. The channel bottom is 25 feet wide. Over 30 years, wind and waves have widened the breach significantly. The proposed breach is for a 10 foot wide lower channel.
The town of Truro was presented with 4 alternatives to bring greater water flow to the Mill Pond. There are two good options to install cement culverts that will not involve closing the road. However, the DPW is recommending the Select Board vote to close or abandon Mill Pond Road. Visit the Town Website (Environmental Projects) or www.savemillpondroad.com to learn more. Join the conversation on FB
What makes the town planners so confident in a completely untried model? Ironic that as we work to fill the Harbor Breach, we plan to open another with the same west exposure.
have generated significant sediment, greater water velocity, damage to marsh grass and ongoing erosion. The western face of this proposed breach is ideal for our prevailing storm winds and erosion.
Including whether Mill Pond might go dry at low tide with increased water flow. If it does – it will not be a shellfish nursery. Careful review of “Future Considerations,” page B-38 of the Woods Hole Group’s report is important to understand the somewhat risky nature of this proposal.
Report states: “the impact of abandoning the road on traffic/motor vehicles versus creating additional recreational opportunities and reducing town maintenance will have to be evaluated further.” Has such an evaluation taken place? The kayaking option will exist no matter the culvert alternative chosen. Mill Pond Road is a busy place in summer. How do Depot and Old County Road neighbors feel about bearing that additional traffic?
Should emergency personnel support elimination of a second route to our busy harbor?
Mill Pond Road is a 200-year-old scenic masterpiece – one of the only scenic drives in Truro. Dog walkers, bikers, and older folks, just taking a ride, all frequent this special road. We don’t have to give it up.
Woods Hole Group report states an important rationale for abandoning Mill Pond Road is a projected 2-foot sea rise by 2070. There are significantly varying projections for sea rise from virtually every government agency and scientific institution including NASA who predicts only 7 inches for this same time-period.
Isn’t Government’s primary job to protect its residents and their property? How does this project choice fulfill that responsibility?
It takes only 3 votes to pass this recommendation. Please email your Select Board to vote NO on this proposal and to choose the culvert option instead.
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The Select Board meeting to vote on the Mill Pond Breach will begin virtually at 5 pm. The Board is affected by large numbers of attendees. Please download goto meeting and use the link below to show your opposition to closing Mill Pond Road