Throughout the remediation project, National Grid will take measures to limit the impacts on the community and the environment, and we will work with the community to address any concerns. For example, National Grid’s contractors will:
- Conduct the work in the fall and winter, after the tourist season in Gloucester, and in accordance with the “fish window” established by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to protect local fish species.
- Place haybales and silt fences around the upland work areas to limit erosion, siltation, and runoff to the harbor and adjoining properties.
- Place booms and sediment barriers around the marine work areas.
- Monitor air quality at the perimeter of the work area, and implement measures to reduce odor (e.g., limiting the size of the area disturbed, or using foam and other engineered controls).
- Work with the Coast Guard, local agencies, and property owners to limit the impact of in-water operations on harbor activities, particularly commercial fishing and other marine industry.
- Transport as much material as possible by barge (i.e., over the water, rather than by land). This will limit the amount of project-related traffic on Harbor Loop.
- When transport by truck is required, have sufficient trucks available throughout the day so that traffic does not back up near the Site.
- Coordinate with local authorities, agencies, and the surrounding community on transportation safety issues.
- Consult with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and Gloucester Historical Commission to ensure that historic and archaeological properties in the work areas that relate to Gloucester’s maritime heritage are preserved or documented throughout the project.