From the President
Ellen Mass, President of Friends of Alewife Reservation
The US-EPA will soon grant the rivers and streams of this nation a great service by enforcing the new MS4 regulations directed at the millions of pipes and various outfalls, streams and discharge equipment carrying toxins and pollutants into precious water bodies that function as protections for humans living nearby, and animals, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians and carbon sequestering plants which are nourished and thrive in these natural resources. Testing and keeping track of outfalls will require cleaning our poor quality water systems in Belmont and West Cambridge, both of which fail safety and health standards of the Commonwealth and Nation.
“Goal of MS4 for municipalities in 2016 is “to make serious efforts to control their storm water pollution, we have a chance to finally make shared local streams and lakes swimmable, boatable, and healthy homes for wildlife. That is the goal of the proposed MS4 permit.”