FAR Newsletter  |  2016 April 8              
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Friends of Alewife Reservation

Silver Maple Forest
photo: David Mussina
Events (Flyer)

Illegal Stormwater Dumping

MA DEP Proposes To Take Over Federal Oversight Despite Reduced Staff And Budget


About Friends of Alewife Reservation

Please post from your reservation sightings what you see and share it with us on our FAR Sightings Blog!

Join Us For These Great Events! (flyer)


Sat, Apr 9, 10-1: Wildlife walk with Jake Stout

Meet at entry bridge across from Passenger Pick up, Alewife T.

Sun, Apr 17, 1-3: Walk on the WIldside with David Brown, professional wildlife tracker
Meet at Acorn Park Drive parking lot. Part of MIT-Cambridge Science Fair.

Sat, Apr 30, 9-2: DCR Park Serve Day, Earth Day of the Mystic River
Clean up Alewife Reservation including Blair Pond. Meet at entry bridge across from Passenger Pick up, Alewife T.
Part of MyRWA Earth Day on the Mystic, and DCR Park Serve Day. For more on Blair Pond, visit and post your findings on the FAR Wildlife Blog:

Illegal Stormwater Dumping

Photo of storm water gushing from Belmont Uplands into protected Cambridge land designated "Bordering Land Subject to Flooding" under the Wetlands Protection Act.

MA DEP proposes to take over federal oversight of national stormwater regulations despite reduced staff and budget

Photo: Charles River Watershed Assocation (CWRA) meeting at headquarters in Weston with MA DEP Commissioner and watershed representatives and agencies.
The Commissioner offers to take on role of federal government for many aspects of permitting, inspections, enforcement, despite the fact that DEP has been severely reduced in staff and budget.

"A recent article in the Boston Globe "US set to force cleanup of river" describes the new stormwater general permit that the U.S. EPA will be issuing next month. The MS4 (Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) permit will regulate the stormwater that towns and cities discharge to the Charles River and to water bodies throughout the state." This includes the Mystic River Watershed. (CWRA statement)

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