Halifax is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. It is a small town with a population of approximately 7,600 people, as of the 2020 census.
Halifax is known for its scenic beauty, as it is situated in a rural area with many lakes, ponds, and forests. The town is relatively quiet and peaceful, with a tight-knit community that takes pride in its local traditions and events.
However, Halifax is suffering the same environmental effects of sand and gravel mining from the cranberry industry that also affect Carver, Wareham, and Plymouth.
The Whales Back Glacial Esker was recently destroyed by sand mining. This esker sat untouched on the shores of Monponsett Pond for thousands of years until the destructive cranberry industry destroyed it. Hanula and Morse Brothers cranberry farms have stolen approximately 160,000 CYU of sand from the site. The 2008 archeological survey documented many hundreds of artifacts within the immediate area. The site is also within Halifax’s aquifer protection zoning overlay district which covers our towns DIV II Wellhead Protection Area & The Class A Public Water Supply Lake of East/West Monponsett.
Clearly, Halifax’s natural resources and Indigenous history are threatened by the sand mining taking place at the hands of the cranberry industry.