Select Board Continues to Oppose Herbicide Application by Eversource

Eversource Energy is seeking to continue applying herbicides to treat Rights-of-Way in the Town of Brewster.  This practice undergoes a review process by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) every five years.  Brewster Town officials have taken actions to try to stop this practice by Eversource in our town since 2015.  Click here for the Select Board’s most recent public comment on this issue.  While we have achieved some limited success in preventing these herbicide applications for several years, Eversource’s draft Vegetation Management Plan (VMP), if approved by MDAR as proposed, would authorize such applications from 2023 through 2027. 

MDAR is accepting public comments through Friday December 23, 2022 on the draft VMP.  Comments should be sent to:

Rights-of-Way Program
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
251 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772

On the recommendation of our Natural Resources Advisory Commission, the Brewster Select Board submitted this correspondence.

MDAR is also hosting a public hearing on the draft VMP, which will be held via Zoom:

Time:December 15, 2022, 1:00pm -2:00pm
Meeting ID:812 1496 7583
Passcode:436922
Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81214967583?pwd=NG53emZHNGVOZzZuMXR1d2YxZitzUT09