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Public office hours are generally Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM

DEC Meetings (M) and Public Hearings (PH) schedule for the Year 2024:
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(M) June 6, 7:30 a.m.
(PH) June 25, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) July 11, 7:30 a.m.
(PH) July 30, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) August 8, 7:30 a.m
(PH) August 27, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) September 12, 7:30 a.m
(PH) September 24, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) October 3, 7:30 a.m
(M) October 29, 6:45 p.m.
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(M) November 7, 7:30 a.m
(PH) November 19, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) December 5, 7:30 a.m.
(PH) December 17, 6:45 p.m.

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All DEC meetings and hearings are held virtually via Zoom Meetings. A link to join a Zoom meeting can be found at the top of the Current Agenda.

Regular DEC Meetings:
First Thursday after the first Tuesday of each month.

Public Hearings:
Last Tuesday of each month.

ExecuCom Meetings:
Third Tuesday of each month.

NOTE: All 2024 dates and times are subject to change or adjustment, due to unforeseen circumstances or holiday conflicts.
 

This page contains public health and safety announcements, quarterly project updates, as well as information about current and upcoming events and entertainment opportunities.

  • Public Health Advisory: Fishing in the Nashua River – 5–28–24
  • The MA Department of Public Health has issued a public health advisory regarding fish contaminated with PFAS in the Nashua River. See additional information below:
    Public Health Advisory Poster
    Guidance on how to Minimize Exposure

  • Volunteer Habitat Restoration Opportunities Associated with
    World Environment Day

  • World Environmental Day is June 5th to celebrate, local businesses and other organizations are encouraged to join DEC for volunteer workdays associated with Devens Habitat Restoration Projects. Volunteer options include invasive species removal, pocket forest planting and maintenance, and pollinator meadow maintenance.
    Contact Beth e-mail: bethsuedmeyer@devensec.com to inquire and sign up.

  • Seasonal Produce Farm Share Sign Up Event at the Pathways CANTEEN
  • On June 6th from 11:30am–12:30pm, DEC and Dick's Market Gardens will be at the newly opened CANTEEN at 65 Jackson Road to provide information and sign up customers for the seasonal farm share associated with the Devens Farmers Market. Discounts and free gifts from the farm are available to new share subscribers. See the flier for details. This team is happy to visit Devens businesses to sign up employees as well. Contact e-mail: bethsuedmeyer@devensec.com.

  • Devens Farmers Market
  • The Devens Farmers Market returns to Devens this summer with a vibrant selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The market will come to Devens every other Tuesday from June 25th through October 15th from 11:30AM–1:30PM at the corner of Elm and Jackson Roads across from the Fire Station. The market accepts cash and credit/debit cards. SNAP users can earn additional benefits through the healthy incentives program (HIP) at the market.
    Pre-ordered large bags of seasonal fresh locally grown produce from Dick's Market Gardens are available every two weeks. Bags will be picked up at Devens Farmers Market or delivered for free to businesses that collectively order 20 or more bags. Sign up for the whole season or specific weeks for $40 per bag. Questions? Please e-mail: dmglunenburg@gmail.com or contact John Mara at 978-340-5781.

  • Mosquito Control
  • Devens continues to participate in the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) and will be in Devens to respond to residents' concerns about mosquitoes. Please review the June 2024 CMMCP Notice for additional information.

  • Biometric/Eye Tracking Responses to Green and Complete Streets
  • This cutting edge planning research collaborative between Tufts University and the DEC continues with a look at Biometric Responses to Green and Complete Street Elements in Devens. This evaluates our unconscious response to the incorporation of green infrastructure into our street networks and the positive impacts it can have on our mental and physical health. PRESS RELEASE and the FULL REPORT.

  • Vote for the Pocket Forest Project to Receive an Environmental Award
  • Visit this link to vote for the Ayer Devens Pocket Forest Project to receive the Environmental Business Council's 2024 Community Choice Award. Visit https://climateresilient.wixsite.com/ayerdevens for more project information.

  • DEC 2023 Annual Report Now On-line!
  • Interested in learning more about what's been going on in Devens over the past year? Check out the DEC's 2023 Annual Report. The report includes details on permitting, ongoing projects, transportation, sustainable development initiatives, communications, health updates, and the outlook for 2024.

  • Devens Intersections of Communities and Cultures Public Art Project
  • A new public art project, supported by a grant from New England Foundation for the Arts and MAPC, will be located at the intersection of paths west of Sherman Avenue at Willard Field. See the flier for more information or
    e-mail: bethsuedmeyer@devensec.com.

  • Public Health Resources for Devens Residents and Businesses
    Nashoba Associated Boards of Health just released its Winter 2024 newsletter https://www.nashoba.org/events. The DEC still has free COVID-19 test kits available (while supplies last). Stop by our office during normal business hours (M–F 8:30A–4:30P) and pick yours up today! In the meantime, follow these tips to stay safe: https://bit.ly/COVIDSafety2
  • What Is a Pocket Forest?

    Learn the what, why, and how to pocket forest and the progress on our pilot site in Ayer and our plans to construct 4 more in Devens and Ayer over the next two years. Visit: https://climateresilient.wixsite.com/ayerdevens for more information about this Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program-funded project and how you can get involved!

  • Devens On–Demand Shuttle Service:

    Need a ride? The Montachusett Regional Transit Authority provides on–demand shuttle service for all in Devens, providing connections to/from surrounding communities and the MBTA commuter rail in Shirley and Ayer. View the schedule details here. Devens also has a Boston Shuttle running 2x a day, accessing major Boston Hospitals and VA Centers. Click here for schedule and details.

  • DEC Issues Moratorium on Private Wells in Devens:

    The DEC, acting as the Board of Health for the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone, issued an order establishing a Temporary Moratorium on private wells and use of groundwater due to PFAS. Read the full press release here. A copy of the full moratorium can be viewed here.

  • Water Quality Report
  • Devens Utilities provides an annual report to the community that details where our water comes from, what it contains, and the risks that our water testing and treatment are designed to prevent. View the 2022 Water Quality Report to learn more.

  • Wildlife Sightings in Devens — Safety Tips for Businesses and Residents

    With over 1,400 acres of permanently protected open space, Devens is home to a diversity of wildlife. It is not unusual to see animals such as black bears and coyotes. Learn how you can protect your property, yourself, and your loved ones from these and more at: www.mass.gov/learn-about-wildlife.
    Download facts sheets for bears and coyotes.

  • Devens Stormwater Management Education and Awareness Initiative
  • Wondering how your day to day activities on your property can impact water quality in Devens? Take a look at our tips for promoting responsible stormwater management practices for residents and businesses in Devens:
    Tips for Businesses
    Tips for Residents
    Be sure to share this information with your neighbors and/or fellow employees and help us keep Devens wetlands and waterways clean and healthy! Follow us on Facebook (@devensec) for additional posts.

  • Devens PFAS Updates
  • The Army publishes updates regarding their ongoing environmental remediation and PFAS investigations at the former Fort Devens to help keep stakeholders and the local community updated on the status of the Army's work. Visit their website for more details
    Final Community Involvement Plan (CIP) — November 2020
    PFAS Private Well Testing Fact Sheet — November 2020
    Project Status Update September 2020

  • Army Noise Reports

    The Army periodically undertakes military training exercises on the South Post that involve ammunitions and explosives. In an effort to inform local residents and businesses, the Army provides monthly updates on the anticipated activity. Download the most recent noise report here. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Department of Defense Police at 978.796.3333.

  • Yard Waste and Recycling to Protect Water Quality in Devens
  • Devens offers residents and businesses many resources to properly manage and dispose of yard wastes and other recyclable materials to protect the natural environment. Check out our latest publication here.

  • Events
    Devens Recreation Schedule
  • Devens Designated Truck Route
    Click here to download a map of the designated truck route for Devens. All Trucks travelling to/from Devens are to utilize the highlighted routes to enter and exit Devens via Jackson Gate (Route 2).
  • Devens Wastewater Treatment Plant Designated/Preferred Truck Route
    Click here to download the map — all septage haulers accessing the Devens Wastewater Treatment plant are required to utilize the highlighted route when going to and from the Plant.
  • MA Office of the State Auditor
    DEC Audit July 27, 2020
  • Devens Area Resources
    MRPC Economic Impact of Devens Report — June 2016
    Devens Disc Golf
    Devens Eco-Efficiency Center
    Devens Household Hazardous Waste
    Fort Devens Military Base
    Fort Devens Museum
    Freedoms Way National Heritage Area
    Friends of the Oxbow
    MassDevelopment/Devens Community website
    Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce
    Nashua River Watershed Association
    United Native American Cultural Center