The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has helped fund the improvement of waterways including the North River which separates the two towns State Representative Jim Cantwell represents, Scituate and Marshfield.
Cantwell recognizes that efforts done to allow streams to flow more naturally as well as restoring and protecting fish habitats has paid off, “We’re bringing back the herring run so now we have herring returning here and talking about the clam flats that are opening. Those types of initiatives that are being funded by the EPA for them to come here first hand and see them is tremendous because it will help us when we’re asking for funding the next time around.”
But Cantwell along with Scituate Selectmen are concerned about the growing threat of global warming and how the sea level will be affected.
Curt Spalding is an EPA Regional Administrator who calls the North River area a beautiful and special place in the state. But he says there needs to be a big national conversation about the sea level rising.
“Essentially our area is going to experience more sea level rise than just about anywhere in the U.S so these local communities are worried. They’ve done all of this work yet sea level rise might take away some of that benefit,” says Spalding
Cantwell says he’s currently setting up meetings with the EPA’s climate adaptation team. But he notes that Scituate and Marshfield need new seawalls and hopes the EPA will be a funding source.
Left- New England EPA Administrator Curt Spalding;
Far right- State Rep. Jim Cantwell
Left- State Rep. Rhonda Nyman;
Right- State Rep. Democratic candidate Josh Cutler