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Save the Silver Maple Forest

A developer plans to clearcut 700+ trees in the Silver Maple Forest in August to build almost 300 apartment units. He already has almost all the permits and expects to get the last permits and begin clearcutting.

If we do not act NOW, we will lose this unique urban wild resouce!


Here are things you can do to make a difference

Here are two things you can do to enable the state to get involved. Until Belmont and Cambridge request preservation of the forest, the state cannot do anything to help make that happen.

Write or call the Belmont Board of Selectmen (contact information below)
Ask them to:
  • Vote to reaffirm forest preservation as a goal.
  • Delay all permits in the Silver Maple Forest area until the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Study has been interpreted.
  • Reassess all permits that show on FEMA maps as 100 year floodplain and floodway areas.
    Board of Selectmen member contact information:
  • Andres T. Rojas   contact form   Phone: 617-993-2610
  • Mark A. Paolillo   contact form   Phone: 617-993-2610
  • Sami S. Baghdady   Phone: 617-993-2610

Write or call Cambridge City Council (contact information below)
Ask them to:
  • Pass the 8th Silver Maple Preservation Policy Order, noting its high value as part of the floodplain and its importance in maintaining wildlife diversity.
  • Delay permits in the Alewife area until the Vulnerability Assessment Study is interpreted.
    Cambridge City Council members contact information


Other things you can do to help:


Tell the Cambridge Community Preservation Committee that you support setting aside funds to purchase the Silver Maple Forest.
Friends of the Alewife Reservation has petitioned the Cambridge Community Preservation Committee to set aside funds to help purchase the Silver Maple Forest for conservation land. You can support this effort by emailing Karen Preval (kpreval@cambridgema.gov) and Committee chair Lisa Peterson (lisap@cambridgema.gov) to say you value this unique floodplain forest and support the committee setting aside funds! Emails must be received by August 5th.
(model letter to the Cambridge Community Preservation Committee)

Tell the Arlington Conservation Commission to:
  • Pass a resolution against the further development of the Alewife flood plain.
  • Join with the Belmont Board of Selectmen and the Cambridge City Council in purchasing the forest.
    Contact: 730 Mass Ave. Annex, Arlington, MA 02476; or 781-316-3012
    (model letter to the Arlington Conservation Commission)
    (Belmont Conservation Commission 2007 ruling citing numerous infractions of the Wetlands Protection Act)

Sign the petition
If you haven’t yet, add your name to the online Save the Silver Maple Forest petition and share it with your network!

Send Postcards
You can stop by the FAR office at 186 Alewife Brook Parkway to pick up free postcards you can send to Andreas Rojas, Chair of the Belmont Board of Selectmen and David Maher, Mayor of Cambridge.

Contact The Planning Team
For more information and to volunteer for the silver maple forest campaign, contact:
  • Mike Connolly: 857-236-1901- Cambridge
  • Ellen Mass: 617-415-1884 - Cambridge
  • Quinton Zondervan: 617-388-3799 - Cambridge
  • David Landskov: 781-646-7114 - Arlington
  • Anne Marie Lambert: bcfprogramdirector@gmail.com- Belmont

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Help preserve this unique urban wild that serves our communities so well!


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Thank you for your help protecting our floodplain forest! We will post more important ways you can help.

Appeal from the Board of Direcors of Friends of Alewife Reservation

Silver Maple Forest Rally and Parade on June 28, 2014

 

Next Events
( map and directions to events at Alewife Reservation)



 
News
Ecology Camp 2014

eology camp     eology camp     eology camp     eology camp

15 urban high school campers from Cambridge learn everything about the Alewife Reservation's ecology. They are having a great time this summer.

See daily logs and weekly summary. Come to the August 15th picnic at the end of Camp to meet the new young citizen scientists.

2014 Ecology Camp Daily Log     2014 Ecology Camp Weekly Log

Belmont Conservation Commission Cites Numerous Infractions of the Wetlands Protection Act

(ruling)

Alewife Greenway Cleanup Saturday July 26

Alewife Brook Greenway users are invited to join in a cleanup of a section of the path in Arlington on Saturday, July 26, from 10:00am - Noon. (more)

Forest Therapy highly Recommended

(Japan Times article "‘Forest therapy’ taking root")

Local groups to protest plans for development in Alewife Brook Reservation - The Boston Globe

The following appeared on Bostonglobe.com:
Headline: Local groups to protest plans for development in Alewife Brook Reservation
Date: Jun 27, 2014

"Local environmental groups are preparing to protest a planned development that they say would destroy a silver maple forest that straddles the line between Belmont and Cambridge. The protest, which is scheduled for Saturday, is the latest in a long series of attempts to challenge or prevent the proposed affordable housing development, which would be located on private property in the middle of the state-owned 120-acre Alewife Brook Reservation. The conflict over the development has stretched on for the past 15 years, but after dealing with a series of legal challenges and appeals from state and local agencies, developer O'Neill Properties of Pennsylvania will be cleared to begin construction once it secures a Belmont building permit. The developer has already obtained all the necessary permits from the state and from the city of Cambridge, and has submitted about 95 percent of the documents needed to secure a Belmont building permit, according to Glenn Clancy, the town's director of community development." (full article)

Thank you From Mass Environmental League and 90 organizations including FAR to Legislators

(more)

New Storm Water Wetlands Brochure

West Cambridge Environmental Center (brochure)

The River is a Restless Spirit

The Silver Maple Floodplain Forest
Audubon Sanctuary March 2006

Mass. Audubon Highlights Silver Maple Forest Values and Conservation Imperative

The River is a Restless Spirit
Author Gayle Taylor Goddard has been in publishing for over 30 years.

people working at garden
Alewife Reservation Community Native Entry Garden

In photo: Ellen Clippenger (City of Cambridge), Ellen Mass (FAR), Sara Butler (Architect), Sami Smith (Lesley Intern), Bill Ackerly (FAR board), Stephen Gillies (FAR member), Lanny Callanan (DCR).

(three yeaes growth of flora)

Black crowned night heron at Yates Pond at Alewife T stop
pople listening to guide
Fresh Pond Residents Alliance trip to Alewife Reservation

(more)

Urban Gem Article for Arlington Advocate - Lorene Melvin

My Early morning walk with Ellen Mass of FAR brought sightings of species of warblers including yellow, black and white and yellow rump warblers, ovenbirds, myrtle, and palm warblers. (more)

Friends of Alewife Reservation signs onto Environmental Bond Bill
Buzz on bridge
Alewife Red Tail Saga

Buzz has been putting on quite a show for everyone, feverishly bringing in dozens if not hundreds of sizable sticks to the atrium of 185 Alewife Brook Parkway. You can see the old nest from 2010 & 2011 on the left (south) side of the atrium, and the new “nest” on what we called the “annex, opposite the old 185 nest.” (more)

apartment building
Belmont Citizens Forum on Overdevelopment in North Cambridge

(more)

VNRC email header
Vermont passes state laws protecting lakes and ponds and wildlife habitat on the shores

H 516 passed by legislature. From Vermont Natural Resources Council. (more)

Sustainable Arlington member Aggragates Climate Change News

David Landskov, FAR Board

turtles mating
Yates Pond: Turtles Mating, May 2014

photo: Kathy Johnson
10 Examples of 'Green' Architecture in Africa
sandbag houses
sandbag houses Image: www.designother90.org

‘Green’ has become a buzzword for sustainable, safe, energy efficient and/or economic. The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes green architecture as a ‘philosophy of architecture that advocates sustainable energy sources, the conservation of energy, the reuse and safety of building materials, and the siting of a building with consideration of its impact on the environment’. In the world of architecture we are all trying to go green but is this the same in Africa and if it is, how is it being manifested? (more)

Seal of Dept Energy and Environmental Affairs
Friends Groups Protect our Parks and Reserves Across the Commonwealth - JOIN FAR today
MIT Environmental Club at Rainy Earth Day/Park Serve Day
dump truck heaped with large metal and plastic trash
Earth Day and Park Serve Day A Great Success

Results of Mystic River Earth Day and Department of Conservation and Recreation Park Serve Day could not have been better. Despite the lousy weather for a cleanup program, FAR was delighted to receive students and residents from BU, MIT and UMass, and from Belmont and a worker from the local bowling alley. Participants heaped a pickup truck with trash bags and heaped a dump truck with large metal and plastic trash. (more)

Jim Hansen at MIT on Climate with extensive scientific response blog

Recent appearance with attention on methane, the Arctic and Greenland. (article from Daily Kos)

capture of FAR Wildlife Blog
The new FAR Wildlife Blog is open

The link is in the green column on the right of the page.

Mass. Rivers and Wetlands Month Calendar

Mass Fish and Wildlife produces a loaded calendar for Ma. rivers and wetlands activities. http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/der/riversandwetlandscalendar2014.pdf

FAR urges everyone to keep up with this state agency department and calendar to know all of the marvelous opportunities throughout Massachusetts for those that live in the state and visit it. (more)

Canada Geese Understood

Kathy Johnson from Arlington Advocate

Canada geese are extremely visible and 'in your face', and mostly considered a nuisance. We often don't notice their regal stance and graceful flight in perfect V-alignment whereby we know spring is here or winter is on the way. (more)

Ruby soaring
End of an Era- Buzz and Ruby Homage with Paul Roberts Flickr photos

There was understandable excitement when Ruby was found incubating on March 8. There are at least three spots from which you can clearly see the nest, but you really needed a scope to be able to see if a bird might be sitting low in the nest. And it quickly became clear that the nest had been built up, so that it was often difficult if not impossible to determine if a bird was sitting tight (low) in the nest. (more)

Ruby soaring. Photo: Paul Roberts. More photos at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/30136859@N06/sets/72157627784588301/

New Signs At Alewife Reservation
new sign

Sign Making at Alewife Reservation with National Civilian Community Corp and artist, Jennifer O'Donnell. Vermont cedar boards and making of wooden materials, Stuart Soboleski.

Sixteen signs were erected at the newly paved and created Alewife Belmont to Brighton pathway which give directives for observation, respect of wildlife, share the path, bird sanctuary, and welcome to the Alewife Reservation. Thanks to the above for their contributions.

Official New York City Wetlands Planning, Post-Sandy
cover of plaNEW YORK CITY WETLANDS: A GREENER, GREATER NEW YORK

plaNEW YORK CITY WETLANDS:
A GREENER, GREATER NEW YORK
The City of New York
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

[W]etlands play a critical role in maintaining water quality and provide important wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities. … The somewhat overlapping Federal, State, and local regulatory regimes … contain gaps that may leave critical remaining wetlands vulnerable to a variety of direct and indirect pressures. This white paper identifies those gaps and suggests general approaches to filling them.
(pdf document)

Articles feature Beloved red tail Ruby death by poison

Globe article notes demise of red tail with mistaken poison location (more)
Wide concerns grow about development projects at Alewife and Fresh Pond (more)
Dead animals are showing up at Alewife and recently Ruby, the noted Red tail was killed from rodenticide and proven by an official necropsy. Although not known what killed the 4 geese and opossum by the storm water wetlands oxbow and new forebay adjacent to Cambridge Park Drive at the “Triangle”, we must immediately appeal to leaders in the city and owners of newly permitted construction to avoid all rat poison or rodenticides, and instead use other methods.

The DCR funding call has been voted on

Mass. Budget Allotments to DCR: results are as follows: We did well on Green Budget amendment co-sponsorships, particularly for our top priorities -- the approximate current number of co-sponsors are DCR Seasonal Staff (34), DCR Parks & Rec (29), and DEP Admin (15). THANK YOU for reaching out to legislators and helping mobilize people throughout MA to get these numbers!! Legislators can still sign on as co-sponsors after today until the budget is debated in late April. Sent from Environmental League of Mass. By Erica Mattison.

Warm and Cold We Share Together

A Climate video series by International scientists. Produced in China. Series of A Civilization Journey of Climate. (more)

Sustainable Belmont organization spotlighted Belmont Uplands Silver Maple Forest
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Its history and conditions, legal status and present preservation efforts

Presenters: Anne Marie Lambert and Idith Haber Kisin, in behalf of preserving the Belmont Uplands
Article by Ellen Mass

( Requested slide shows from Coalition to Preserve Belmont Uplands and Belmont Citizen Forum )

Farmhouses on Hill Road, Belmont
Anne Marie Lambert shared Alewife History and Hydrology with Belmonters

Presentation by Anne Marie Lambert of Sustainable Belmont, April 2, 2014, at the Belmont Public Library:

Belmont Uplands: History, Relevance
A Belmont Perspective on Some Regional Issues

USGS report on Alewife

US Geological Survey (USGS) 01103025 ALEWIFE BROOK NEAR ARLINGTON, MA.
Data on Alewife Brook flow rates from 2011-04-04 forward. (more)

First Parish Cambridge Trip to Alewife Reservation, March 23

The Sunday School program from First Parish in Cambridge visited the Alewife Reservation. (more)

eagle on sandy shore of Mystic Lake
photo: George McLean
Eagle on Mystic Lake

Sighted recently by a Belmont Light employee at Blair Pond in Cambridge and Belmont.

Cambridge's Recycling Newsletter

This newsletter has vital and interesting information about recycling ideas for you and your home area. (newsletters)

Thanks to Randy Mail for this.

photo of wetlands
photo-Art Michaels
Wetlands: The Vital Link

This article explains the differences among kinds of wetlands, why wetlands are important to us, and why fish, amphibians and reptiles need wetlands. (more) (entire series downloadable, added April 3, 2014)

Friends of Fresh Pond has a new Website - Check it out

Full of things to learn and do.

(their website) (their events)

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Federal Government Engineering Journal Spotlights Alewife Storm Water Wetlands

Article on construction of the Alewife Storm Water Wetlands. (more)

From Engineer of Montgomery and Watson, Bill Pisano, long term friend of Alewife Reservation.

Natural Resources Alert

This Nasa Earth Observatory image shows a storm system circling around an area of extreme low pressure in 2010, which many scientists attribute to climate change.
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A new study partly-sponsored by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. (more)

photo of meeting at Tobias School
Fresh Pond and Alewife Residents met at Tobin

Fresh Pond and Alewife Residents met at Tobin on 3-25-2014 to discuss urban planning, zoning, moratorium and basics of development and over-development. Round of applause after FAR noted the importance of including the climate change factor in residential living conditions in low lying watershed area such as the Mystic River watershed.

photo of canada geese walking among wildflowers
Three Canada Geese Deserve Eulogy

Canada geese are extremely visible and 'in your face'. We often don't notice their regal stance and graceful flight in perfect V alignment whereby we know spring is here or winter is on the way. In flight, male and female honk in sequence, indicating their instinctive manner of migration and love life. As a child, a goose approached me and bent his long graceful neck, then lightly bit my big toe. It looked up at me as eye to eye we met, and then walked away.  Stunned, not hurt, I got the point. It was a diplomatic gesture of territory and I never forgot. (more)

photo of rooftop array of photovoltaic cells -
Biomimicry - Buildings of the Future

Time to re-think modern architecture, design and efficiency. Seattle may have the greenest biomimicry building in the world. (more)

photo of grass trees, mountains, sky
Recovery of the Climate Report

Recovery of the Climate
Scientific Report from Eastern Europe
New Water Paradigm (more)


photo: Kathy Johnson
What killed the Canada geese by the storm water wetland/oxbow?

Three dead geese found 3/10 with a long oil slick and either algae or fecal matter by carcasses at the oxbow entry at Little River. City of Cambridge is investigating cause. Poison and contamination spread is the concern of Friends of Alewife Reservation. (more) (flickr album)

Storm surge map of Mystic River Watershed
Click for interactive map
Climate Change Map of Alewife - Fresh Pond in North Cambridge

(Mystic River watershed climate surge data)
Map sent by Michele Sprengnether of Fresh Pond Residence Alliance

This map shows what area around Alewife has over a 1 in 6 chance of flooding by 2020. (more)

LETTER: Ecologists praise Alewife's urban wildlife

On Feb. 26 at Leslie Univeristy “deep ecology” speakers included wildlife assessor David Brown and landscape storm water wetland designer Duke Bitsko. (more)

a robin eats sumac berries
A robin caught eating some sumac at Alewife Reservation recently. Courtesy Kathy Johnson
Spring Arrives A Little Early for Some

Just a couple of days ago I saw dried leaves and underbrush near the creek or channel, historically, "Alewife Brook," which runs beside and into Little River from North Cambridge. I thought how colorless and cold it looked in spite of shining blue skies, and it was only 20 degrees. (more)


Formerly on the endangered species list, peregrine falcons are increasingly common in cities.
Photo Credit: LAURA ERICKSON
Biodiversity Support for Cities Expands in 2014

The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. Yet, according to a new study involving 147 cities worldwide, surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments — to the tune of hundreds of bird species and thousands of plant species in a single city. (more)

map of Alewife Brook Watershed
Green Infrastructure Plans Moving Forward in Belmont and Arlington

The Towns of Arlington and Belmont will work to identify the highest sources of stormwater runoff within their communities and begin planning for solutions to mitigate this impact. The municipalities, along with MyRWA, are taking a proactive approach toward identifying pollution sources and reducing pollutant loading through an examination of solutions with a focus on “green” structural Best Management Practices (BMPs). (more)

State and National Storm Water By-Law could protect Belmont and Cambridge silver maples

Idith Haber of the Coalition to Preserve Belmont Uplands gives hope for enforcing state and federal environmental laws using national standards:National Pollution Discharge Environmental Standards (NPDES) of 2011 which requires implementation via extensive infrastructure, protecting polluted storm water from our streams and rivers, and with greater erosion and flooding controls. National standards must apply.

The town may allow an over riding of the required storm water by-law based on a housing 40 B loophole. Cambridge should weigh into this opportunity to preserve its new 150 million dollar project of storm water wetlands which proceeded the last 2 years with utmost regulatory NPDES implementation. Such non-compliance upstream in Belmont may compromise the storm water wetlands in Cambridge. (more)

Alewife Brook
Mystic River Watershed Association helps bring attention to reduction of CSO discharges into the Little River and into Alewife Brook

From: Mystic River Watershed Association printed by Arlington Patch (more)

Arlington environmentalists ask delay for FEMA "floodway" building plan

Letter from Arlington Vision 2020’s Sustainable Arlington to Rep. Garbally and Rep. Rogers

Preparing for the Rising Tide
Boston Harbor Association publishes Climate Report for Massachusetts

Boston Harbor Association publishes Climate Report for Massachusetts using FEMA as baseline for data by NAVD model &emdash; not other models which Cambridge will use such as ADCIRC.

Thanks to BHA for the scenerios reviewed and clear directives given. (more)

Disappearance of Alewife Reservation

Alewife Reservation has disappeared, but with good scientific reason. (more)

Massachusetts Climate Change State Regulations from 2009

(Requires agencies to withhold permits on floodplains and areas of flooding sensitivities.)

In considering and issuing permits, licenses and other administrative approvals and decisions, the respective agency, department, board, commission or authority shall also consider reasonably foreseeable climate change impacts, including additional greenhouse gas emissions, and effects, such as predicted sea level rise. (more)

2013 Friends Network Annual conference in Upton MA
group picture of conference attendees

2013 Friends of DCR Parks Network annual conference in Upton Massachusetts.
Center left: Ellen Mass, president of Friends of Alewife Reservation.

Excerpts from Five Comment Reports from January 15 DEP site visit participants on hotel development at Alewife Reservation area

Commeters to DEP extracted here are: Kathy Johnson, Anne Marie Lambert, Lucia Lovison, Ellen Mass, Quinton Zondervan, Councilor Dennis Carlone. Other commenters include legislators Representative Dave Rogers and Senator Sean Garballey.

Dennis Carlone, Cambridge City Councillor. The City's recognition that a vulnerability study is needed tells me that we need to be cautious in developing sensitive areas now under study. It makes great sense to wait for and learn from the vulnerability study recommendations before your Department's final determination is issued. (full letter)

Ellen Mass, President of Friends of Alewife Reservation. We will not be able to ascertain what future protections are required for this region of the Boston metropolis and our western corridor until the in-depth regional studies are done which will indicate massive flooding for this region during high hurricane level storms. The June 2014 Vulnerability Assessment, a state-wide initiative will either confirm or contradict the proponent's flood assessment predictions. (full letter)

Kathy Johnson, Site Visit Proponent, Appellate, Neighborhood Resident. Since a "Vulnerability Assessment" is in process in Cambridge with a long list of noted advisors and scientists and university advisors, I ask the DEP to hold off on permits related to flood storage and water elevation." (full letter)

Lucia Lovison-Golob, GISCI, Engineering Geologist and Geophysicist, Friends of Alewife Reservation (FAR) consultant and FAR Board Member. [I recommend] to wait for the vulnerability study … while asking to BSC Group to increase the storage tanks to cover for a 10.8 feet NGVD 88 (NOT 10 feet … as they are designed now) (full letter)

Quinton Zondervan, President of Green Cambridge. The climate is changing and we need to change our ways of deciding where to build what. At the very least, we can wait to permit large new buildings in the floodway until the vulnerability study has been concluded. I've added my name to a citizen's petition asking the Department of Environmental Protection to overrule the Conservation Commission’s decision. (full letter)

GUEST COMMENTARY Need to investigate hotel plan at Alewife

On Jan. 15, the site visit area was saturated with storm water, almost entirely. Walking on grass was extremely difficult and large pools lay throughout. Geese and birds covered the grass. The Wetlands Protection Act designation (Bordering Land Subject to Flooding-BLSF) is present throughout the building plan area. Three remaining proposed buildings that would be on the 100-year floodplain are part of the Bulfinch Master Plan permitted in 2008 for nearly a million square feet. (more)

flooding in Discovery Park
Cambridge Environmentalists Cite Need to Delay and Investigate Hotel Plan at Alewife (Department of Environmental Protection site visit)

DEP site visit at Alewife. 10 citizen appeal brings attention to the FEMA 100 year floodplain and floodway. (more)

flooding in Discovery Park
Flooding at Discovery Park - Alewife Reservation

(more)

Department of Environmental Protection accepts Appeal from 10 Cambridge citizens to block or to delay a new hotel off of Route 2 by Alewife Reservation
BSC engineers for Bulfinch point out new hotel site

This past month, Department of Environmental Protection accepted a 10 citizen Appeal of Cambridge Conservation Commission's permit of 85 thousand sq.ft. for a 4 story hotel directly on the Alewife floodplain (see photos) at a time when Cambridge has begun its region-wide "Vulnerability Study" that will include Alewife and the Charles River watershed. The Study is now on hold for another 6 months in anticipation of the ongoing Central Artery flooding study with Woods Hole research which pertains to climate control of this region. (more)

New Harvard/Smithsonian Report Warns of Forest Removal
view from Bare Mt to NW

A groundbreaking study released Dec. 11, 2013 by the Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape's ability to protect against climate change. The good news is that the research shows alternatives exist for protecting and enhancing vital forest benefits for people and nature.  The two-year study is unique in its forward-looking approach and its use of sophisticated computer models to conduct a detailed acre-by-acre analysis of the entire forested landscape of Massachusetts over 50 years… (article) (full report) (video of status of Massachusetts forests and perilous impacts in the future)

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Hot spot area WIB001 within the Alewife Reservation.
Hot Spots In The Mystic River Watershed

This map shows the Mystic River watershed and the known hot spots -- areas of contaimination. If you zoom in on the Cambridge/Belmont border, you can find Alewife Station, the Alewife Reservation area, and the WIB001 hot spot. Click on WIB001 to see graphs of the history of E. coli and phosphorus readings at that site, with explanations.

Vulnerability Study Must be Complete- Stop Alewife Permits Until Then

December 2013 by Quinton Zondervan, President, Green Cambridge
The city of Cambridge is in the middle of conducting a Climate Vulnerability Study… We know the storms are coming but we don’t know yet what to do about it. The vulnerability study is meant to provide us with a more detailed idea of what to prepare for in terms of climate changes, including rainfall patterns and flooding… ( full article)

Sustainable Belmont on Storm water

December 2013
While we rarely face water scarcity in Belmont, we are subject to the impacts of extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Sandy. With a 28% increase in precipitation in the last decade, stormwater run-off can cause sewers to overflow and pollute our basements, groundwater, streams and ponds. During extreme weather events, stormwater in the Mystic River can back up causing flooding of basements, roads and schools…..… (Sustainable Belmont website)

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Past views of Alewife floodplain still relevant today (from Arlington Land Trust News 2004)

The recent state court decision favoring the Town of Arlington and a federal mapping study of the floodplain around the Alewife Brook watershed both offer long-awaited recognition of the severity of flooding in this fragile area, and add support to long-standing and broad-based efforts to protect open space in the region… (more)

map of europe
Sustainable Cities Collective writer says, "Only one in Four European Cities prepared for Climate Change"

Seven out of ten European cities have no formal plans to adapt to climate change and one in three cities have no plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to new research. (article)

(older news articles)

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About Friends of Alewife Reservation

The Alewife Reservation is a unique natural resource for the communities of Belmont, Arlington and Cambridge and home to hundreds of species, including hawks, coyotes beavers, snapping turtles, wild turkeys and muskrats, the reservation is a unique natural resource for the community. ( interactive map with directions )

Friends of Alewife Reservation works to protect and restore this wild area and the surrounding area for the water quality, native plants, animals and over 90 bird species with paths for walking, running and biking, recreation, and for classroom education and research. We regularly steward and preserve the Reservation area for wildlife and for the enjoyment of present and future generations.


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FAR Accomplishments In 2013
Virtual Tour
Right now, view the wildlife-rich North Trail of Alewife Reservation.
Alewife Master Plan
Review the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Master Plan for Alewife Reservation.
History of Cambridge
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The Birds of the Cambridge Region of Massachusetts

by William Brewster 1906
Nuttal Ornithological Society

Biodiversity Study of Alewife Reservation Area: Species, Habitat, Ecosystems Inventories by David Brown, wildlife assessor (2003, 2004.) Published by and available from FAR for $10. Write or call for your copy. (sample)

Updated Dave Brown Inventories (2008, 2010)

Inventories of Alewife Reservation Wetland Plants by Walter Kittredge, Botanist (2013)
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