Special to the Express
Plympton residents have an exciting opportunity to participate in a survey that seeks to gather their opinions on the future quality of life for their town. Starting now – and running throughout the month of April – townspeople can make their voices heard by completing a survey from the Plympton Open Space Committee. The survey will be available in hardcopy at the Library and at the Town Clerk’s office at the Town House. It is also posted electronically on the Town of Plympton website. A similar survey was conducted in 2016, and the responses to that iteration can be seen on the Town of Plympton Open Space Committee website.
For quite some time, when Plympton residents responded to surveys from the Open Space Committee, two primary areas of concern came through loud and clear: a) they want the Town’s rural character to be preserved, and b) they want to see continuing efforts to protect the purity of the aquifer on which all households depend for their water. Protecting our well water has been gaining in importance in the minds of respondents in recent years, as development pressures steadily increase. The current survey consists of 14 questions and takes only a few minutes to fill out.
This new survey also contains questions relating to recreational opportunities in Plympton, and the Plympton Recreation Commission participated in the development of the questions. Overall, respondents will find opportunities to express their opinions in writing in the survey, as well as filling out multiple choice questions that pertain to strategies for preserving land, how they and their families utilize our protected areas, how long they have lived in Plympton, and other areas.
Conducting these surveys plays a vital role in maintaining the Town’s ability to apply for grants that go towards land conservation. A recent – and vivid! – example of this is the half-million-dollar grant that Plympton was awarded by the state to help preserve Turkey Swamp. It was the largest land conservation grant in the town’s history and allowed us to permanently protect 300 acres of critically important white cedar swamp – some of the most ecologically important lands in southeastern Massachusetts. If Plympton had not been up to date with its Open Space Plan and survey, the town would have not been eligible for this critically important grant.
Please look for the Open Space Committee’s survey in April – the Committee is hoping for a large number of responses!