Intermittent stream at bottom of steep hill
The Amherst Conservation Commission (town) hit the Massachusetts Department Of Transportation (state) with an "Enforcement Order" demanding they quickly rectify sloppy mitigation measures designed to protect an "intermittent stream" -- i.e. wetland -- at the South Amherst Rt116 construction site otherwise known as "The Notch."
Ignoring such an order can result in a fine of up to $25,000 per day and/or two years in jail.
Wall of protective hay bales now installed just above the stream
According to Beth Willson, Wetlands Administrator: "MassDOT has responded to the Enforcement Order by installing matting on all the slopes, constructing paved swales and opening up drainage inlets so the water can drain appropriately from the site."