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Location: 0 Kara’s Way, Off Herring Pond Road, Plymouth, MA

  • Owner:  Mill Pond Real Estate Trust/Champion Builders

  • Volume of Earth Removed: 621,133 Cubic Yards estimated by using model

  • Permit: No known earth removal permit

  • Area Impacted: 22 Acres of forested land

  • Claimed Reason for Mining: Subdivision road and residential development

  • Water Supply: Zone II of municipal wells nearby; private residences on private wells

  • Plymouth Carver Sole Source Aquifer: Yes

  • Wetlands and Waterways: 700 feet uphill from the edge of Herring Pond

  • Archaeological Impacts: Yes. In a Massachusetts Historical Commission “Area of Inventoried Property’ listed as PLY.G “Cedarville.” Cedarville and the Herring Pond area are the ancestral lands of the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe.  There is no record that the sand and gravel mining was reviewed for its impact on this Inventoried Property. Mass Mapper GIS below: purple area designates MHC Inventoried Property: Cedarville.

It is near the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe reservation land known as the Great Lot.

Ecosystem: Herring River Area of Critical Environmental Concern established under state law. A project in an ACEC is supposed to have increased “environmental oversight by increasing state permitting standards through elevated performance standards and lowering thresholds for review.” State regulations govern development in an ACEC.

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