The Soil Conservation Board was established by Town by-law in 1989 to control and preserve the removal of soil, gravel, rock, and allied products thereto. Within the Town of Acushnet, along its' river, is located the geologic formation called the Long Plain, which is an outwash glacial deposit of sands and gravel. This outwash plain is a valuable resource for the Town, and has commercial value within the current economical development of the region. The Soil Conservation Board (SCB) controls removal of the resource, along with the final use of the land after the "earth" has been removed, through a permitting process. Each permitted operator must post a performance bond which the Town holds to ensure that the operational plan is followed, and to ensure that the property is left in a beneficial, environmentally safe condition.
The members of the SCB are made-up of one member from the Board of Selectmen, Planning Commission, Board of Health, Conservation Commission, and the Board of Public Works.
For information about the Soil Conservation Board, meeting notices, questions or complaints, please contact the SCB Inspector, Joe Correia, at 508-998-0275. The SCB office is located in the Parting Ways Building with the Board of Health, located at 130 Main Street.