Thu, September 4, 7pm–9pm, SILVER MAPLE FOREST MEETING OF SPONSORS
At Lesley University, 29 Everett St, Cambridge, MA. (map)
Further planning for silver maple forest preservation actions based on Silver Maple Forest Campaign by local environmental groups.
Ecology Camp 2014
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. If the link color has turned back to blue, the log has probably been updated.
2014 Ecology Camp Daily Log - latest entry: June 30
2014 Ecology Camp Weekly Log - latest entry: Week 2
Here are things you can do to make a difference
Know The Silver Maple Forest Floodplain Facts
Write to your Legislators
Find your legislators.
Thanks to Ben Beckwith for this
to State Representative David Rogers.
Help preserve this unique urban wild that serves our communities so well!
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We need volunteers to help with distributing postcards and other literature, attend meeetings, make phone calls, etc.
and we will tell you when specific events are happening.
Save The Silver Maple Forest - Recent News
Floodplain facts from a Belmont Town Meeting member
- Precipitation data show that at mid latitudes like the northeast US it is raining a lot more than it used to.
- Storm data show that the intensity and frequency of severe storms is increasing in the northeast.
- Models by some of the country's best climate scientists show that estimates of the "24-hour 100-year storm" started increasing dramatically in the 1990s.
- The percentage of impervious surface in the Alewife Brook watershed has been increasing steadily since the 1930s and 1940s, when we started converting from an agricultural economy to an automobile-driven economy of manufacturing and industrial office parks, full of urban sprawl; it is now over 47%.
- NOAA reports a ten-inch rise in sea level in Boston harbor over the last 100 years.
- The above factors (and others) have resulted in increases in "peak flow" during any rain storm, a key indicator of flooding studied by Professor Vogel of Tufts on the Aberjona River, where they subsequently analyzed and built rain gardens and bioswales at carefully studied locations in order to slow down and filter stormwater.
- The Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Evacuation maps appear to advise first responders to prepare to evacuate much of the Alewife Brook watershed as a "Zone 1" area should a hurricane of Category 2 or higher strike land in this area.
- To date developers have had a lot more money, motivation, and staff to analyze and study what it takes to move forward than government officials and citizens have had to sort out the complexities of regional development during a time of apparent climate change.
For more information, call FAR at 617-415-1884.
Environmental Bond bill signed without Silver Maple Forest
FAR is pleased that Governor Patrick signed
H. 4375 “An Act Providing for the Preservation and Improvement of Land, Parks and Clean Energy in the Commonwealth” into law,
thanks to Environmental League of Massachusetts.
But we are not pleased about the omission of silver maple foreest which has been our preservation charge and hard work over the past 2 years
trying to bring it back to the legislative arena since it was vetoed by Gov. Patrick in 2012 after passing House and Senate
by then-Rep. Brownsberger and then-Watertown legislator colleague, Steve Tolman.
Arlington and Belmont Commissions still using out of date rain data
"The 24-hour 100-year storm is now estimated at 8.8. inches instead of the 6.5 inches estimated in 1961. It is my understanding that the stormwater management design of the proposed project was made to accommodate 6.5 inches of rain, an event which is now known to occur every 30 years instead of every 100 years."
Alewife North Trail Adirondack bridge at high water level during FAR Ecology Camp 2014 at wildlife walk, led by Anne Marie Lambert
Adirondack bridge built by FAR summer campers of 2012.
Damaging flooding hits North Cambridge at Alewife
Letter from city Housing Authority assessment on floods.
Poem Draft By Maya Apfelbaum
A poem for saving the Silver Maple Forest
Wicked Local Staff Photo/David Gordon
Environmentalists protest the silver maple forest project
Silver Maple Forest Rally and Parade on June 28, 2014