January 14, 2008
WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS STUDY COMMITTEE
Meeting: January 14, 2008
CALL TO ORDER
Meeting called to order by Chairlady
There being a large number of attendees including potential volunteers, Chairlady Reiger asked each individual to introduce her/himself.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES, MEETING OF DECEMBER 10, 2007
Minutes were amended to include two members’ names inadvertently omitted.
Approval was then moved, seconded and approved.
Sally introduced Brendan. He is an author, lecturer and produces documentaries on community based environmental initiatives, directs the CT Earth Network website, authored “Between Land and Water” on lives of amphibians,” Exploring CT’s Natural Wonders” and “Great Day Trips in Connecticut”, has written on dinosaurs and Connecticut’s Geological background and has compiled a compendium of over five hundred environmentally based organizations,
As an introductory remark, Brendan described the Geology of Connecticut as “Very complex in a good way” and began discussion of the influence of Geology on Cultural Landscape (ORV).
Earth Science in the New World had its beginnings here in
Glacial history is much more recent.
Janet is a staff member of the US Geological Survey. She co-produced the Quaternary Geology Map of CT in 2005 and is a foremost authority on Glacial Geology. She has led studies of glacial erosion of “softer rocks “of the deposits in the
JELLE de BOER
Jelle is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Wesleyan where he has made great contributions to the understanding of the “hard rock” geology of the region.
Professor de Boer initiated his discussion with a brief summation of Earth history. It is currently understood that earth formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago and led to a solid crust. That solid state crust then retained evidence of events “recorded in stone”.
Convection currents in the liquid/semi-liquid mantle under the solidifying crust produced both vertical (upwelling and sinking currents) and horizontal (spreading currents) which applied stresses to the crust resulting in breaking the crust into plates. Movement of these plates, pulling apart, rebounding and colliding, slipping under some and crumpling others resulted in a period of mountain building approximately 500 million years ago at the beginning of what is known as the Paleozoic Era. Evidence points to the inference that there were three collisions of continental plates, subduction and uplift between Africa and
It should be noted that mountains, like icebergs have most of their mass submerged. In the case of icebergs, the submergence is in water, in the case of mountains, that submergence is in the semi-liquid mantle under the solid crust. Our highland mountain remnants have 30 to 50 mile deep roots.
When continents separate fracture zones develop. Two did here in
brownstones, etc. characteristic of our
Folding and fracturing in the highlands associated with mountain building processes subjected deeper rocks to heating and, with release of pressure along fractures, resulted in intrusion of the melted rock (magma) along the fracture lines If fractures reach the surface, lava flows reach the surface, such as the three basalt flows of approx 150 feet thickness each. The
Sally asked about the rarity of an area in
This led Jelle to a discussion of geotopes which are classic examples of geologic formations or processes. Jelle insists that geotopes should be preserved for purposes of education and that the area referred to by Sally can be considered one.
Is there uniqueness?
Janet: We have excellent examples of glacial features and history
Sally: Are there things which ought not to be lost?
In bedrock geology, many areas should be preserved. In terms of glacial, activities such as sand pits etc. have revealed and contributed to understanding so their disturbance has become an asset.
The esker in Fisher Farm is essentially a geotope. Other excellent places in area do exist showing eskers, kettles.
*1. MAILING LIST:
Sally discussed the concept of “sharing” mailing lists with stated restrictions and asked committee members to sign up to contact organizations. It was also suggested that we contact historical societies for the same purpose. The mailing list will primarily be composed of the FRWA membership list and the list of riparian land owners who were the recipients of an initial communication during the summer.
Electronic mailing lists can be directly supplied to the mailing house to avoid any other access to lists.
There was also discussion of building an e-mailing list. Doubt was expressed by several members as to the effectiveness of this medium as opposed to a physical publication in hand.
A. Joyce discussed a list of State Representatives and their phone numbers. She requested that individual members sign up to contact each legislative member to set up a meeting to discuss the bill supporting the Wild and Scenic designation and two or three other committee members to join in the actual meeting. The legislature has convened on February 7th so the representatives should soon be available.
B. Joyce also reported that Eric H., Sally R. and she met with Linda Schofield who is an enthusiastic supporter and has contacted all legislators in the study area. She also reported that Linda suggested that Joyce contact Richard Roy, House Chair of the Environment Committee. . She reported a very successful meeting with him where he volunteered to introduce the proposed legislation to the Environment Committee. Sally also suggested that we use any opportunity to contact local officials as well as those on the state level. The bill has been drafted and is ready to be submitted for debate in the house sometime in February.
A. Sally described an action taken by the committee at a previous meeting to approve the Outreach and Education Committee’s expenditure of up to five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) for an initial mailing.
A question was raised by a committee member regarding a necessity for putting these projects out for competitive bidding.
B. RESEARCH PROPOSAL:
The Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR) at
Kevin Gough has reviewed the Economic Study of the
Harry commented that there are a limited number of organizations equipped to do this study. Eric H. also contacted the Social Inquiry group at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and the
Harry then moved that the Study Committee approve the expenditure and establish a contract with CPPSR at Central. Kevin seconded the motion. Sally asked for further discussion. There being none, she called for a vote by show of hands indicating a readiness to vote. Question carried with 20 yeas and one nay.
Sally then called for a vote by show of hands on the motion.
There were nineteen yeas and one nay. Motion carried.
C. TOWN REGULATIONS COMPILATION AND REVIEW:
Eric Lukingbeal, a partner in Robinson & Cole, the firm which has offered to do the study including a pro bono matching of hours began the discussion saying that, in light of the previous discussion regarding the possible need for competitive bidding on contracts, he was perfectly amenable to delaying consideration of this project until a clarification is obtained from Jamie Fosburgh. Eric did describe the scope and methodology of the study.
Sally proposed that a motion to proceed include the wording “in compliance with all requirements pertaining to the letting of contracts” be offered.
Robinson and Cole for the sum of twenty thousand dollars with the understanding that Robinson and Cole agreed to give time in similar value on a pro bono basis providing that said contract will be in full compliance with all requirements pertaining to the letting of contracts by this committee.
Motion was seconded. .
Vote by show of hands yielded twenty yes votes and one abstention.
Joyce announced that April 26th will be the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Simsbury River View and Banquet Hall has offered its space for a celebratory gathering marking the event. Further, Eric described the possibility of events marking the anniversary in each of the Study Area towns. Beyond that, a series of river walks could be organized to introduce citizens to their own town facilities.
MOTION TO ADJOURN AT 9:37