Heavy machinery and wet logging roads do not mix
The Amherst Conservation Commission and wetlands administrator Beth Willson took a guided tour -- otherwise known as a "site visit" -- this morning, led by environmental consultant Tony Wonseski to assess the damage caused by a subcontractor's heavy duty drilling machine in and around wetlands on the proposed site of the controversial "The Retreat" student housing development.
Tony pointed out seven impact areas in total but only five seem to require remediation, although that will be up for discussion at tonight's Conservation Commission meeting.
One of the less damaged sites
And some of the damage could also have been caused by ATVs or other equipment not associated with Landmark Properties. Anytime site work is performed anywhere near a wetlands the Conservation Commission should be notified in advance to allow their input.
One of the more damaged sites
The damage was only recently discovered. Landmark immediately reported it and they have already done stabilization work around the intermittent streams.
Tonight they will present plans to avoid a future recurrence, one of which is to have an environmental expert on site whenever work is being performed next to wetlands.
Biodegradable stabilization bales
Tony pointing out another less damaged area
One of the test drill sites
Damaged area along power line access road