Our access to utility lines is vital in maintaining safe and uninterrupted utility service. In addition, vegetation must be managed along the canals that are part of the HG&E hydropower operations. Control of vegetation along the canal banks is particularly important to prevent structural damage to the canal walls.
Management of vegetation in the HG&E utility Rights of Way (ROWs) is performed using a combination of mechanical removal methods, such as cutting and mowing, and herbicide application. HG&E plans for vegetation control are outlined in a Vegetation Management Plans (VMP). These plans are subject to public review and approval process by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, which has regulatory jurisdiction over herbicide application in utility line ROWs. Each year, HG&E must prepare a Yearly Operation Plan (YOP) that describes management practices outlined in the VMP.
The YOP provides detailed programs of vegetation management for ROWs along the canals and the gas, and electric distribution systems of HG&E. Fuss & O'Neill, Inc. prepared these plans for HG&E as required by 333 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 11.00, Rights of Way Management. Included in the YOPs are:
The YOP was reviewed by the public and government officials during a comment period from February 22, 2017 through April 10, 2017. A notice regarding the availability of the YOP for review was published in the Massachusetts Environmental Monitor on February 22, 2017. The YOP was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture on April 13, 2017.
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Appendix A - Vegetation Management Plan
Appendix B - Gas and Electric Transmission/Distribution ROW Map
Appendix C - Canal Right-of-Ways Map
Appendix D - Herbicide Fact Sheets
Appendix H - Endangered and Threatened Species Protection Plan
Appendix I - NHESP Management Recommendations
Appendix J - NHESP Rare Animal Observation and Emergency Work Form
Appendix J - Rare Animal Observation Form
Appendix J - Rare Plant Observation Form
Appendix J - Emergency Work Form
Appendix J - Wildlife NHESP Habitat Assessment Survey Guidelines
Appendix J - Plants NHESP Habitat Assessment Survey Guidelines
Appendix K - Well Area / List
Appendix M - Lower Riverside Park ROW Map
Appendix N – Gatehouse Park ROW Map