Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Public Tour on BU Bridge Rebuilding this Friday, Official Hearing 10/20.

This coming Friday at 8 am, the DCR will take the Cambridge Conservation Commission on a tour of the Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese and other Cambridge locations impacted by the proposed BU Bridge reconstruction.

The Cambridge Conservation Commission meeting Monday evening on the project was striking for the environmental insensitivity of the DCR and its consultant.

Instead of using the rotary under Memorial Drive for staging, these destructive individuals intend to use half of the geese's last residence, the half next to the Memorial Drive off ramp.

A drainage system which could be installed on the west side of the bridge, with the same contempt for the environment, is scheduled for installation in the geese's nesting area as well.

Apparently, major work is needed for the eastern side of the Bridge. That would require use of part of the habitat. The DCR is proposing what appears to be destruction of 2/3 of the habitat including pretty much all the ground vegetation which, to date, has not been destroyed by the Charles River Conservancy acting as agent for the DCR.

Monday's meeting was not an official hearing. The official hearing will apparently be conducted the evening of October 20, 2008, 7 pm or so, on the fourth floor of Cambridge City Hall Annex at the corner of Broadway and Inman Street.

Monday's meeting was covered by the Globe City Section and by the BU student press.