February 22, 2020

Seekonk Lions Club News

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The Seekonk Lions Club met at the Seekonk Senior Center on January 27, 2020 to listen to a presentation by Seekonk Conservation agent Jennifer Miller. The Lions Club has been working with the Conservation Commission and Jennifer to make Gammino Pond and other areas open to fishing enthusiasts in town.

Jennifer gave a short history on her background growing up on her family property, which included wetlands. This where she got the interest in being in the position she is in today. Jennifer showed a presentation to the Lions what the conservation commission function are. These include wetland permitting and enforcement, conservation area management, open space and recreation planning amongst other duties

The commission has jurisdiction of fifteen areas in town including Seacunke Sanctuary, Peck Chafee Reserve, Lagerquist Conservation, Benson Conservation Area and others. Gammino Pond, Arcade Woods (behind town hall) and Burr’s Pond are areas with public access. They also oversee many vernal pools, streams, banks of ponds, fresh water wetlands and much more.

A lot of discussion was focused on the old Attleboro Dye Works property at 36 Maple Ave which the town has been awarded grants to clean up and redevelop the property. The Town of Seekonk recently submitted a FY2020 EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant Application. The town planner has been working on a possible river walk concept for the area.

In working with the Conservation Commission, the Seekonk Lions last year stocked Gammino Pond with trout to see if the trout could survive in the deep cold waters. In addition, the Lions Club plans on helping build small fishing docks/ramps so anglers in the area have better access to fishing.

The Seekonk Lions Annual Fishing Derby will be coming up soon in April. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

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