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The River Current || April 24, 2006 || Issue XXVI ||
mostly monthly e-newsletter of the Charles River Watershed Association
...bringing our backyard river to your door...
In this issue:
Whole Foods 5% Day - Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25th
this weekend... and beyond
TOMORROW is Whole Foods Markets 5% Day -
shop to support CRWA!
Tuesday, April 25
shop at any of the ten Whole Foods Market locations in the watershed,
and 5% of the day's sales will be donated to the Charles River
Watershed Association! The more you shop, the more they give! Tell
your friends, and be sure to stop by a Whole Foods tomorrow -
CRWA staff and Board members will be at the stores to talk about the
organization and answer questions.
ACTION ALERTS!! We need your help!
the Public's Rights to challenge waterways licenses in the Tidelands!
Bill 4741, a pro-developer bill to "streamline" permitting for
development, would eliminate the right of citizens to seek review of a
Chapter 91 waterways license. This
bill was never given a hearing and will be taken up early next week by the
House of Representatives.
bill tramples on the public trust rights in the tidelands - rights we as
citizens all hold that are older than the founding of Massachusetts.
Tidelands exist along the shore and inland along our rivers.
In the Charles, tidelands
jurisdiction extends up to the Watertown Dam.
bill's outrageous provisions (Sections 8 and 9) take away the right of
citizens to challenge waterways
licenses before DEP, or in court. There
is no question that public involvement and the possibility of a citizens'
appeal have resulted in far better licenses
- licenses that include public access to the waterfront and strong public
benefit. Click here
to read the Boston Globe editorial on this bill.
spend a few minutes to protect the public legacy in our tidelands - it is
important that you let your voice be heard! Write,
email or call Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi and your representatives
today that you oppose Sections 8 and 9 in HB 4741.
here to view and download a sample letter:
find your legislators, go to: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.php
view the entire action alert, read the bill, and for links to more
information, click here:
More Funding for DCR's Urban Parks and Stormwater Management!
Ways and Means budget amendments were filed last week and debate on the
amendments began today. Two
amendments that we support call for increased funding for:
Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) stormwater
number 875) - provides $3 million for
stormwater management, sponsored by Rep. Paulsen
worked with DCR staff and the Stewardship Council for over a year on
stormwater management issues, CRWA has determined that DCR needs at least
$3 million in 2007 just to meet their most basic operations and
maintenance requirements for stormwater management. The Governor's
budget recommended only $1.5 million. The House budget recommended
only $750,000! Because stormwater management is mandated by federal
and state law, underfunding this line item will simply result in money
being pulled from another budget area like parks, pools or beaches.
Adequate funding for stormwater management is a must for DCR.
DCR's Urban Parks (Clerk
numbers 989 and 1112) - increases the Urban Parks budget to $25,969,822
- sponsored by Rep. Smizik
Urban Parks need sufficient funds to pay for basic services including
facilities staffing such as lifeguards and maintenance crews, and for
much-needed parkland maintenance and stewardship. Mowing, trash
collection, invasive species control, tree pruning and planting, and
erosion control have all been well below acceptible norms.
Additional funds will help begin to restore the long-neglected Urban Parks
two areas have been grossly under-funded in the past and will be again
this year unless the amendments pass.
Please call your state representatives TODAY
and let them know that you support increased funding in both areas
- these amendments are being debated this week!
Volunteer with CRWA!
SATURDAY, help out with the Charles River Cleanup
7th Annual Charles River Cleanup will take place this Saturday,
April 29th, from 9am to 12noon, with more than 1,200
volunteers cleaning the river at over 40 locations. Its not to late to
sign up if you'd like to participate - for more information or to help
with the cleanup, visit www.charlesriver.org/events/cleanup.html,
or contact Marianna Hagbloom at email@example.com
SUNDAY, volunteer or race at the Run of the Charles
April 30 is
the 24th Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race, with races
for all - teen to seniors, 6-miles to 26-miles! Organize a team for the
canoe relay, come cheer for the racers, or volunteer.
Volunteers are needed to staff
ten sites along the Charles River, from Dedham to Brighton; tasks include
check-in/registration, set-up, boat number spotters, safety and clean-up.
Call 508-698-6810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
River "Find it and Fix It" Stormwater Program Shoreline Survey
to sign up for conducting comprehensive shoreline surveys this spring
the Lower Charles from Galen Street Bridge in Watertown to
New Charles River Dam in Boston! These
surveys will act as a baseline assessment, noting unmapped outfall pipes,
erosion problems and other indicators of NPS pollution
problems and help identify and prioritize problems of an urgent nature
requiring immediate action. Training
will be May 10th at 6PM at
Allston Library 300
North Harvard St, Allston.
more information on the "Find it and Fix it" program, contact
Pallavi Mande at 781-788-0007 x232 or via email,
or visit: http://www.charlesriver.org/projects/METwMyRWA/METFF.html
CRWA monitor the health of the river.
Become a water quality monitoring volunteer and collect river
samples once a month - usually the third Tuesday morning.
Currently we need volunteers at sites in Bellingham, Norfolk,
Medfield, Newton, and Boston. If
you live in or near these communities and are interested in volunteering,
please contact Dave Kaplan at (781) 788-0007 ext. 224 or via email..