NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Local News

November 5, 2012

Federal-state-local cooperation brings results

In recent years an attitude of “government-can’t-get-anything-done” has pervaded many minds, but cooperation yielded the desired results on several projects here last week.

One federal-state-local construction program that got under way was preparation for the repair of the south jetty on Plum Island.

Construction teams have begun bringing lumber to the parking lot on the north end of the island so a “corduroy” roadway can be built from staging area to oceanfront.

The (federal) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked with the (state) Department of Environmental Agency and (local) elected municipal officials to approve the project and allocate $3.61 million.

Work will run from November through March 31, when a fourth group of stakeholders, the nesting plovers, takes over the beach.

The Merrimack River Beach Alliance, made up of three-dozen officials of varied stripes, met more than a dozen times to coax this project to life. But there it is: Something worked.

State Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, was among those who spearheaded the action and Mayor Donna Holaday, City Councilor Allison Heartquist, (Newbury) Selectmen Joe Story and Geoff Walker and committee co-chairman Vincent Russo (Newbury) were among local leaders who teamed with state and federal officials.

Also involving federal-state-local cooperation was the allocation for beach-scraping permits on Plum Island.

Bulldozing sand near Bennett Hill and Annapolis Way kept the churning sea away from residences, and provided a sense of optimism that humankind can work with both bureaucracy and Mother Nature to help battle erosion.

In the future, scraping permits will be easier to obtain and activated without a great deal of paperwork. Annapolis Way resident Bob Connors said U.S. Sen. John Tierney as well as Tarr were crucial to the cutting of red tape.

Representatives from the Corps of Engineers were also helpful and attended numerous strategy sessions.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Special Features