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Storm Water Wetlands
Friends of Alewife Reservation (FAR) Helps Improve The Regional Environment
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Storm Water Wetlands Ceremony and Opening
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After 2 years of construction, the largest storm water wetland in New England (3.5 acres) opened with amphitheater, one mile of walkways through a restored wetland and river oxbow for public use by Cambridge, Belmont and Arlington residents and beyond. (Photos) (Video)

Storm Water/Wetlands Opening - Environmental Pride of the City
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Letter published in Wicked Local Cambridge. "Waves of distinctive native flowers, shrubs and trees now flow in the newly constructed marshland as part of the Alewife Reservation Master Plan of DCR, not yet completed..." (more)

Alewife Stormwater Wetland Project - A City Tour

Monday, May November 138th 3:30pm - 4:30pm at 165 CambridgePark Drive
Catherine Woodbury led a guided walk through the Alewife Constructed Stormwater Wetland project. Catherine, DPW's Project Manager, gave this tour to Friends of Alewife Reservation and the public.

Cambridge Day photos and coverage of Storm Water Opening
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"New Alewife wetland, with boardwalk, amphitheater, due for Tuesday unveiling", article by Marc Levy. Cambridgeday, October 14, 2013. "More than two years of work making a 3.4-acre wetland at Alewife culminates with a grand opening ..."

Cambridge Storm Water Wetlands project, including photos.

Storm water TOUR Dec. 2012
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(small article)

2010 FEMA Floodplain Designations

Once a permit application is received and the proposed project is ready for review, the next job is to ensure that the project will not impose flood problems on other properties... (more)

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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.
Historical information (Powerpoint)

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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About Friends of Alewife Reservation
Statement of Purpose
Virtual Tour
Right now, view the wildlife-rich North Trail of Alewife Reservation.
MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Master Plan for Alewife Reservation
Citizen Forester newsletter archive
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)