May Meeting

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Speakers: Anne L. Leifer and Varoujan Y. Hagopian, GEI Consultants
Topic: Shoreline Remediation: Transforming a Coastal Brownfield to a Park

Port Norfolk Park is a 30-acre coastal site owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The site is located at the mouth of the Neponset River and is chiefly comprised of former mudflats that were filled in the mid-1800s. The property was occupied by wharves and industrial uses for about 120 years. The state purchased it for development as a community park. Contamination remaining from the former industrial uses was cleaned up in conjunction with park construction. The main project challenges were posed by the coastal edge which was a mixture of dilapidated seawalls, salt marsh, contaminated soil, and debris-filled bank. The Neponset River at this location is part of the greater Boston Harbor ecosystem as well as a designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The design team sought to rehabilitate the intertidal zone and coastal bank during remediation and park construction. The final design includes the replacement of dilapidated seawalls with soft engineering and living shorelines while creating a passive, naturalistic park.

September Meeting

Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Speaker: To Be Announced
Topic: To Be Announced

AEG New England has now moved to an every-other-month meeting schedule. The next speaker and topic will be posted the beginning of September. Please check back at that time for meeting details


Massachusetts Geological Society Field Trip
Mark your calendars. Dr. Peter Robinson, professor emeritus from the University of Massachusetts and chief compiler of the central Massachusetts portion of the statewide bedrock geologic map of Massachusetts, will be leading a once in a lifetime field trip into the Quabbin Reservoir and surrounding area to view the spectacular rocks of central Massachusetts. The field trip will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, with a rain date of Sunday, May 15, 2016. This is your chance to view some rocks that are seldom seen. Details on how to sign up, where we will meet, and at what time will be provided later.

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