The River Current || May 17, 2006 || Issue XXVIII ||
mostly monthly e-newsletter of the Charles River Watershed Association
...bringing our backyard river to your door...
In this issue:
ALERT for Newton Residents - Call your Alderman TODAY!
and Emmy Lewis
invite you to come and enjoy
afternoon of strolling and relaxing
their home next to the Charles River
become acquainted with
River Watershed Association
June 4, 2006
- 5:00 p.m. rain or shine
casual attire and walking shoes.
to Kevin Hudson, 781-788-0007 x231
River Water Quality Update
five-day storm in Eastern Massachusetts that began late Friday
evening significantly impacted water quality in the Charles River.
Almost nine inches of rain fell in the Boston area resulting in combined
sewer overflows, stormwater runoff and illicit sewer discharges carrying
various pollutants to the river. On Monday, May 15, CRWA staff
collected water samples at six sites in the Lower Charles. All
sites exceeded the recommended boating standard for e.coli
bacteria, 630 cfu/100mL. The dirtiest sites were located at the
Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Ave.) and Museum of Science, both about 13
times higher than the boating standard.
the skies have finally cleared and we know boaters would like to get
back on the river, CRWA advises river users to exercise caution.
Be sure to cover any wounds that may come in contact with water,
immediately wash up after being on the river, and avoid the river
if you have a compromised immune system. The river's recovery to
normal, safe levels of bacteria may take another day or two depending on
location. Please contact Rebecca Scibek via email
or call 781-788-0007 x200 if you have any questions.
Attention Newton Residents - ACTION
ALERT! Last chance - call
your Alderman TODAY before 5pm!
an upcoming vote to help Newton clean up the Charles!
call your Alderman by 5 pm TODAY, Wednesday May 17th!
City of Newton Board of Aldermen is considering a bill to create a
"stormwater utility," a dedicated account in the City budget
to pay for the City's stormwater management program.
The stormwater utility would work much like the existing water
and sewer utilities: an annual fee ($25 per year for residential
properties and $150 per year for commercial properties) would go into
the stormwater utility account, and would be dedicated to Newton's
stormwater program, paying for services like street sweeping and catch
basin cleaning, as well as capital improvement projects.
strongly supports stormwater utilities.
They provide better accountability for stormwater cleanup, and
reduce the competition between the environment and other City services
such as schools, fire and police.
you are a Newton Resident, please call your Alderman TODAY and tell them
to support the stormwater utility!
information can be found on CRWA's website: www.charlesriver.org/alert/NewtonSWutility/newtonstormwater_mainpage.html