Town of Mattapoisett, MA Information
Sub-pages: Holly Woods Road Wetlands Case
Address: Town Hall, 16 Main Street, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; phone: (508) 758-4100; Fax: (508)758-3030
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen; Executive Secretary (Michael Gagne); Open Town Meeting
Board of Selectmen Meetings: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month. Chairman: Jordan C. Collyer.
For this weeks Board of Selectmen’s meeting agenda, visit the Wanderer Newspaper website.
2000 Population (2000 U.S. Census): 6,268 (percent increase=7.1%)
1990 Population (1990 U.S. Census): 5,850
2000 Housing Units: 3,172; (including unoccupied)
Average Persons per Unit: 1.97
Topographic of Mattapoisett
Mattapoisett Land Use
Central Mattapoisett wetlands, parcels, stormwater catch basins and discharges
Deed and Assessors Online Data Links
Permitted Pollution Discharges and Toxic Waste Generators
Click this link to open a window for EPA’s enviro-mapper showing Mattapoisett surface water dischargers or waste generators. Groundwater dischargers are not shown.
Public Boat Ramps
Town Dock, Water Street, 2 piers, 1 paved ramp.
Town Landing, Matt Neck Road, gravel ramp
See map on Boat Ramp Information page.
Mattapoisett Town Beach
Neds Point Beach
See map on on Beaches Information page.
Land Use and Geography
Total Land Area: 18.92 sq. miles; Dry Land Area: 18.46 sq. miles
Population Density: 518 per sq. mile
1998 Open Space Plan and Maps
1998 Open Space Plan for Mattapoisett (1 MB pdf)
In 1998, the Buzzards Bay National estuary Program prepared this open space plan for the Town of Mattapoisett. The plan, valid for only three years, helped the Town obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to purchase land in the Mattapoisett River Valley to protect the aquifer and sensitive habitat. The above version of the report lacks some of the large color maps, which are included in links below. Open Space Map of Mattapoisett: Parcels on Topo Quad Map and Aerial Photo (1.4 MB pdf)
The following maps were prepared by the Buzzards Bay NEP for the Marion Open Space Committee. The maps open in a new window.
Open Space Map of Mattapoisett: Parcels on Topo Quad Map and Aerial Photo (1.4 MB pdf)
(Reduced resolution version)
Open Space Map of Mattapoisett: Status of Open Space Parcels (1.2 MB pdf)
(Reduced resolution version)
Eel Pond Study
The state legislature has provided in FY05 budget, a line item (within the Division of Conservation and Recreation) that provides funding for Buzzards Bay water quality restoration projects “including, but not limited to engineering and permitting costs for restoration in Mattapoisett of the Eel Pond drainage culvert.” The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, a planning and technical assistance unit of Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, is administering these funds on behalf of the DCR and EEA. (Read Buzzards Bay NEP will administer $60,000 grant for Eel Pond Mattapoisett engineering designs for dredging, improved flushing. Link opens New Bedford Standard Times article in new window.
In January 2005, the Buzzards Bay NEP awarded a contract to the Town of Mattapoisett.
Eel Pond has two tidal channels. One at the eastern end, which has been in place since the 19th century (and passes under an abandoned railroad bridge), and one at the western end, which appeared in the 1960s or early 1970s. In the past few decades, the western channel to Eel Pond has been widening, while at the same time the eastern channel has been filling in.
There are several ramifications to these trends and issues that need to be addressed. First, the Town of Mattapoisett’s sewer line travels under the barrier beach that forms Eel Pond. With the migration and widening of the western channel, and the erosion of the shoreline there, there is a concern that, in the event of a severe hurricane, a shifting beach may expose and destroy the sewer line buried there.
Second, Eel Pond suffers from excessive nutrient loading and is among the most eutrophic systems in Buzzards Bay. Improving tidal flushing in the embayment can improve water quality there. Improving flushing at the eastern end may also potentially slow the rate of movement of and expansion of the channel in the western end.
To read the details of the work entailed by the project, read this summary scope.
We are providing more site information on our new Eel Pond, Mattapoisett page.
Potential Wetland Restoration Sites
The following downloads are excerpts from our report Selected Inventory of Potential Wetland Restoration Sites in the Buzzards Bay Watershed. Click the links to open the files in your web browser, or right click to save to your computer. Graphics on these pdf files has been degraded to reduce file size. Request a CD if this report (click the above link for more info)to obtain higher resolution pdf files.
Reports, articles, and correspondence of interest
Downloaded Deed Plans (as of Feb 2010) (228 pdf files, zipped together, 52 MB)
This Buzzards Bay NEP, together with a number of partners, including the Mattapoisett River Valley Water Supply Protection Advisory Committee, developed this proposal to help manage water withdrawals and reduce pollutant inputs to protect and restore the Mattapoisett River watershed. Although this proposal was not funded, this Buzzards Bay NEP is continuing to work with the Town of Mattapoisett to implement elements of the proposal. Right click to save the file on your computer.
Holly Woods Road Subdivision Case
The Mattapoisett Holly Woods Road Subdivision Case (1993) -12 kb PDF.
This letter (the first of nine pieces of correspondence by the Buzzards Bay NEP) eventually led to a series of actions that resulted in a developer of a residential subdivision agreeing to redelineate the wetlands on a 90+ acre subdivision. It turned out that 60+ acres of wetland were overlooked in the original wetland permit filing with the Town of Mattapoisett, and under an agreement with DEP, fill was removed from wetlands.
- Town Administrator, Michael Gagne, 758-4100 x4
- Police Chief Mary R. Lyons, 758-4141
- Fire Chief, Andrew Murray, 758-4150
- Finance Director/Town Accountant, Suzanne Szyndlar, 758-4100 x201
- Treasurer/Tax Collector, Brenda A. Herbeck, CMMT, CMMC, 758-4100 x1
- Building Inspector, Andrew Bobola, 758-4100 x 9
- Health Agent, Dale S. Barrows, Amelia B. Mello, Secretary: (508) 758-4100 x 8
- Conservation Commission: 758-4100 x219
Robert J. Rogers, Chairman
Peter G Newton, Member
Michael King, Member
Marylou Kelliher, Member
- Water/Sewer Superintendent, William T. Nicholson, 758-4161
- Harbormaster, Jill R. Simmons, 758-4191
- Selectmen: 758-4100
Jordan C. Collyer, Chairman, 2016
R. Tyler Macallister, Vice Chairman, 2017
Paul A. Silva, Clerk, 2018
- Assessors: 758-4106 x3
Raymond Andrews, Member at Large, 2017
Leonard T. Coppola, Clerk, 2018
Cary LeBlanc, Chairman, 2016
- Town Clerk: 758-4103 x2
- Planning Board: 758-4100 x 215
Thomas M. Tucker, Chairman, 2014 Karen Field, 2016
Mary Crain, 2013
Nathan Ketchel, 2018
John P. Mathieu, 2017
- Moderator: 758-4100
John A. Eklund (2015)
- Board of Health: 758-4112
- Highway Surveyor: 758-4181
Barry J. Denham
- Water/Sewer Commissioners:
Daniel W. Chase, Chairman Al Menino, Clerk Bill Hubbard