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The River Current || February 13, 2006 || Issue XXII ||
mostly monthly e-newsletter of the Charles River Watershed Association
our backyard river to your door...
Public hearing on MassHighway and Mass Turnpike Authority stormwater
Call for Volunteers for new "Find It and Fix it" Program!
MassHighway and Mass Turnpike Authority: Polluting Our Waters
cruising along the Mass Pike or another highway in the rain (or snow)
you hit a large puddle. The puddle sprays over the roadside, and along
the rest of the dirt, oil and runoff on the road flows directly into a
stream, or to a drain which discharges to the stream. This
carries with it all the salt and sand used to de-ice the highway,
well as the grit and grime of road pollution and the toxics created by
exhaust and asphalt.
MassHighway and Mass Turnpike Authority (Mass Pike) control
of miles of roadways, interchanges and service areas. CRWA,
with Conservation Law Foundation, reviewed stormwater management
for MassHighway and the Mass Pike, found they were grossly inadequate,
requested that EPA hold a public hearing. For example, the Mass Pike
not explain how it will control sand and salt runoff despite the fact
the state has the highest annual road salt levels in the country.
public hearing will take place Friday, February 17, 2006 at the
Public Library. To read our comments on the stormwater plans, or
more information about the public hearing and how to submit a comment,
Call for Volunteers!
Massachusetts Environmental Trust has awarded both CRWA and the Mystic
Watershed Association (MyRWA) funding to identify, monitor and help
non-point source (NPS) pollution still threatening the health of
as the "Find It and Fix It" Program, the first step is to
shoreline surveys from Farm Road in Dover to the mouth of the
at the New Charles River Dam. The visual monitoring effort will
over half of the 80-mile river corridor. These surveys will act as a
assessment, noting unmapped outfall pipes, erosion problems and
indicators of NPS pollution problems and help identify and prioritize
of an urgent nature requiring immediate action. Volunteers are
to conduct these surveys.
more information on the project and the volunteer opportunity, visit: