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Red Brick Farm bought for conservation and to protect drinking water

With the acquisition of the Mahoney and Sons’ farm, a major milestone in the protection of the Mattapoisett River Valley’s public drinking water supply is completed.

The just under $6 million undertaking acquired and protected 240 acres of land in Mattapoisett, Acushnet and Rochester. The project is designed to protect the underlying groundwater aquifer that supplies the drinking water for Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester.  

Buzzards Bay Coalition Vice President of Watershed Protection Brendan Annett said the success of this project is critical to the residents of five towns.

“It supports multiple towns critically, and it’s important to public health to have clean drinking water for the sustainability of our community,” he said.  

Brendan Annett, Buzzards Bay Coalition Vice President, Watershed Protection, takes attendees on a tour of some of the new land acquisitions designed to protect the water supply for Mattapoisett, Acushnet, Marion, and Rochester. This new two hundred and forty acre addition to the Mattapoisett River Valley Land Protection Partnership is off of Acushnet Road in Mattapoisett.

He said it also benefits the towns in other ways including protecting fish and wildlife habitats and protecting land for outdoor recreation including public access to the trails and hunting, with permanent conservation restrictions. 

Instead of developing the land, the private landowner, Mahoney and Sons, agreed to sell the farm and forest land while maintaining a portion of the property as a vegetable farm.  

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