A Victory for Clean Water: Citizen Science Data Leads to Change

The following news is reprinted with permission from the Mystic River Watershed Association: For years, the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) and its volunteers have helped to document water pollution problems in the Town of Belmont. This week, that hard work paid off. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an Administrative Order onContinue reading “A Victory for Clean Water: Citizen Science Data Leads to Change”

It’s Midnight. Know Where Your Regional Floodplain Forest Is?

  Addendum 8/6/14: In the post below, I alluded to the long history of the floodplain forest which is likely to be cut down shortly, but I agree with those who have gently suggested I had not effectively pointed readers in the right direction for further information. The Friends of Alewife (FAR) maintains a web site which is the firstContinue reading “It’s Midnight. Know Where Your Regional Floodplain Forest Is?”

Wetland Love: A Local Shindig with “The Loomers,” March 1, 2014

I’m passing along an announcement of an upcoming event: The Coalition is currently challenging a sprawling housing development with nearly 300 units and 600 parking spaces proposed to lie in the middle of the forest and encroaching on the surrounding wetlands.  The mostly upmarket housing development would fragment wildlife corridors and degrade the natural valueContinue reading “Wetland Love: A Local Shindig with “The Loomers,” March 1, 2014″

Just-in-Time: Tomorrow’s Environmental Forum on Alewife Reservation

A six-member group of scientists will be part of the “Three Towns, One Forest”, a regional environmental forum taking place on April 25 at 7 p.m. at Lesley University Hall’s Amphitheater in Cambridge, 1815 Massachusetts Ave. The panel group will discuss the conservation value and future of the state-owned Alewife Reservation and its abutting SilverContinue reading “Just-in-Time: Tomorrow’s Environmental Forum on Alewife Reservation”

Exploring the Urban Outdoors in Cambridge, Mass.: Events

 BOTANY WALK, April 26, 1 p.m. Botanist Walter Kittredge is conducting a region-wide herbarium project to bring attention to the local New England flora, its presence and value, and is looking closely at vegetation at Alewife Reservation. Walter is Senior Curatorial Assistant at the Harvard University Herbaria, a world-wide research collection of over 5 million dried plant specimens.ParticipantsContinue reading “Exploring the Urban Outdoors in Cambridge, Mass.: Events”

February 11 and February 16 Environmental Events in Greater Cambridge

Climate Change in the Mystic River Watershed: Vulnerabilities & Adaptation StrategiesJoin the Mystic River Watershed Association for a special presentation by Paul Kirshen, PhD, Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire on February 11th. Dr. Kirshen will address the impacts of Climate ChangeContinue reading “February 11 and February 16 Environmental Events in Greater Cambridge”

Alewife Reservation Guided Walks

ALEWIFE WINTER WILDLIFE WALKS 2013 of Friends of Alewife Reservation February 16, 1-3 pm. This walk will take us to the less-visited south side of the park to the vicinity of Lily Pond. Along the way we will discuss remediation of the storm water project. We will also observe the strategies of predators and preyContinue reading “Alewife Reservation Guided Walks”