“Typical Year” CSO Modeling Fails for Alewife Brook

Please join us 6 pm on Thursday night, 12/15/22, at the Alewife Sewage Pollution Planning Meeting #2 by registering here. At this meeting, Cambridge, Somerville, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will talk about the new Future “Typical Year” sewage pollution modeling which will be used for new sewer system infrastructure planning and future performanceContinue reading ““Typical Year” CSO Modeling Fails for Alewife Brook”

Thank You for Considering Climate Change

by Kristin Anderson & David White There’s quite a lot for Save the Alewife Brook to be thankful for on these last days of November in 2022. We are especially thankful that the public’s voice is being heard and that Climate Change projections will be included in the new plan to end untreated sewage pollutionContinue reading “Thank You for Considering Climate Change”

How the Myth of the Boston Harbor Cleanup Hides a Subsidy to Pollute

by David Stoff I’m going to tell you a story. I have a point of view. I’m not hiding it. Depending on your point of view, this story is either history, or myth. It’s the story of the cleanup of Boston Harbor.  Think it’s over? You can see the crown jewel, the Deer Island TreatmentContinue reading How the Myth of the Boston Harbor Cleanup Hides a Subsidy to Pollute

‘D’ is for Dredge.

A Grand Day on the Alewife Brook Measuring Sediment Depth The Environmental Protection Agency’s mention of dredging the Alewife Brook in its Response to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s April 2022 Draft Scope for the new CSO Control Plan has revived the discussion about the role removing sediment from the Alewife Brook can play inContinue reading “‘D’ is for Dredge.”

Why is the MWRA hiding sewage pollution?

The Boston Harbor Clean-Up worked wonders in the Boston Harbor and in the Charles River, but Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s claim that they have achieved an 85% reduction of combined sewer overflows to the Alewife Brook is not consistent with their own data about the vast quantities of sewage actually discharged into our little brookContinue reading “Why is the MWRA hiding sewage pollution?”

Earth Day Alewife Path Cleanup

& CSO Tour with Ghost Fish Art Installation On Saturday April 23rd, 2022, Save the Alewife Brook volunteers gathered along the Alewife Greenway for a trash pickup, CSO tour, and ended the event at the Ghost Fish Art Installation at Mass Ave and Route 16. Save the Alewife Brook thanks the two dozen people fromContinue reading “Earth Day Alewife Path Cleanup”

The Dirty Secret About the Alewife Sewer System:

It was Designed to Pollute In 2015, the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority reconstructed and enlarged the Combined Sewer Outfall known as MWR003 in the Alewife wetland.1 This CSO was enlarged and functionality was added to it, to provide hydraulic pressure relief for the system downstream. Before the MWRA performed the work on this CSO inContinue reading “The Dirty Secret About the Alewife Sewer System:”

Meetings with EPA & DEP & MWRA

Last week, the Charles River Watershed Association, the Mystic River Watershed Association, and Save the Alewife Brook had meetings with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to discuss our recent letter to the regulators. This comes at a time when new plans are coming due to eliminate combined sewerContinue reading “Meetings with EPA & DEP & MWRA”

MWRA’s Final CSO Report Meeting

IMPORTANT ALEWIFE CSO MEETING:THURSDAY FEB 17th at 10 AM The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) is holding an online meeting this Thursday, February 17th, at 10 am. They plan to claim victory for their Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project. Their good work is a victory for Boston Harbor, but what about the Alewife Brook? TwentyContinue reading “MWRA’s Final CSO Report Meeting”

MWRA CSO Report Provides No Solution to Alewife’s Problems

On December 30, 2021, the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) published its anticipated Final CSO Performance Assessment, as part of a series of regulatory reports that have been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. These reports are a requirement of the landmark Boston Harbor Cleanup Case.Continue reading “MWRA CSO Report Provides No Solution to Alewife’s Problems”

StAB’s 12/13/21 Community Meeting

We held our second community meeting on Monday night, this time online. 50 area residents joined us from Arlington, Cambridge, and Somerville. Elected officials were there, including Senator Will Brownsberger, Arlington Selectboard Member Diane Mahon, an aide from Representative Dave Rogers’ office, and a number of Arlington Town Meeting members. MyRWA Director Patrick Herron presentedContinue reading “StAB’s 12/13/21 Community Meeting”