Cambridge, MA announces environmental destruction at Alewife. Neglects to mention it is avoidable and is useless for its stated purpose
The City of Cambridge, MA, has posted on its website acknowledgment of its irresponsible destruction of the core of the Alewife reservation, located just west of the metropolitan Boston subway system’s Alewife station. The reservation abuts the eastern end of the northern of the pair of Massachusetts’ east-west superhighways and directly impacts Belmont and Arlington, each of which own parts of the reservation.
The posting is at http://www.cambridgema.gov/citynewsandpublications/news/2011/12/majorprogressinalewifereservationstormwaterwetlandconstruction.aspx.
Destruction consists of a key 3.4 acres.
Nowhere in this lovely treatise is there mention that the Alewife area has seen two fifty year storms in the last twenty years.
Nowhere in this lovely treatise is there mention that the project will protect against two year storms.
English translation: a fifty year storm is the worst storm expected in a fifty year period. A two year storm, the worst in a two year period. A very major difference.
Nowhere in this lovely treatise is there mention of the massive parking lot directly across the street which could readily be used for the needed purposes.
Nowhere in this lovely treatise is there mention that the owner of the key part of the parking lot wants to build, that the buildings could go on air rights above the storage, or that, if he builds first, the only option for meaningful protection against flooding is more environmental destruction.
Nowhere in this lovely treatise is there mention of the excellence and irreplaceable nature of the virgin forest so wantonly destroyed.
Nowhere in this lovely treatise is there mention of the hundreds of animals needlessly killed for this bizarre project, on top of the bizarre destructive project at nearby Fresh Pond on top of the multiple bizarre, destructive projects on the Charles River.
Boston.com does regularly show the results of the Fresh Pond destruction: wild birds nesting on a nearby office building.
Cambridge, MA, lovely lies of sainthood.