Last Friday, Governor Patrick of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts received the Environment Bond Bill from the legislature. This bill would destroy hundreds of excellent trees on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge, MA, USA along with the distressingly usual harm to resident animals .
The above photos are to a key grove which consists of trees small than perhaps half the threatened trees. The bigger trees are too large for viable photographs. These are in and out of season photos to give you a feel for the corruption of the plans. The Charles River is on the left in the first photo, looking west, and on the right in the second photo, looking east.
This grove is perhaps half a mile east of the ghetto which has been forced on the Charles River White Geese. It is located at that point where Memorial Drive is a divided highway to the east and an undivided highway to the west. The destruction numbers are 75 to 80%.
The third photo is of a family of Charles River White Geese, the 33 year resident gaggle which is the direct subject of accelerating and heartless abuse from entities which lie of their own environmental sainthood.
2. A reprehensible record.
The destruction on the Charles River fits a pattern.
Cambridge and the local state agency destroyed 3.4 acres of the irreplaceable Alewife reservation woodlands along with a pogrom of resident animals. They bragged about the destruction in the following photo which was attached to a puff piece . The loudest explanation the City Council gives is to yell at private developers in the Alewife area obeying municipally created zoning. The City Council yells about them obeying zoning created by Cambridge and neighboring municipalities. The developers are showing behavior less irresponsible than that of the City Council of the City of Cambridge.
Cambridge is on the verge, with state money, of destroying 22 excellent trees on the Cambridge Common. The explanation on destroying the most important collection of trees in the Environmental Notification Form is that the trees block the view, of a monument in that park. This photo is from the Harvard Square side, a view which will be decimated.
3. Memorial Drive Destruction. Link to plans.
The current destruction is in an area where the state bureaucrats have a goal of killing off or driving away as many animal residents as they can get away with. This will be the latest in a series of heartless abuse of these beautiful animals. The public position has been “no intent to harm.”
Prior attacks on the Charles River White Geese are readily correctable. The destruction was cofunded by the state and city, and the project was managed by the person who is currently serving as City Manager. Lies of omission and commission have been normal, along with other corrupt tactics.
When the bureaucrats tried to get Obama moneys to destroy these same Memorial Drive trees in 2009, they lied to the Boston Globe that these hundreds of trees were diseased.
I have published the destruction plans at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html.
Please scroll down to get to the plans. The files are horribly large and I hesitate to keep loading the same massive amount of data. The bill number mentioned is the prior number assigned to this destruction.
The most recent identification I have is the relevant portion of the bill at the House of Representatives Level is House Bill H4009, §2C, 2890-7020, in the amount of $32 million.
Here is a photo of the railroad bridge under the BU Bridge which is key. The local transit authority did a silly study on this bridge to determine if it could hold an off ramp to Cambridge from I90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike). If you look straight ahead, you can see a green overhead highway sign. The study proved an off ramp was possible.
Several months later, Harvard University bought a major part of I90 to the right of this photo to convert it into a relocation campus for its Medical School. The photo is taken from the BU Bridge. Boston and I90 are straight ahead. Cambridge, Memorial Drive, and the heartlessly abused ghetto forced on the Charles River White Geese is behind the camera.
A whole bunch of other environmental destruction on the Cambridge side clearly fits an off ramp to Cambridge from I90.
The tree destruction is targeted at straightening out the Memorial Drive highway east of the BU Bridge to receive traffic from the Massachusetts Turnpike. The project would also, for all practical purposes, convert that part of Memorial Drive into an area barely accessible except from the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, i.e. part of the MIT campus except for name.
4. The Governor must sign or veto the bill within a matter of a few days.
The governor has a very short period of time to decide whether or not to veto and he has a line item veto.
Please contact him.
He may be contacted on the net by his email form at http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituentservices/contact. His office may be contacted by telephone at 888-870-7770. This is a free call from Massachusetts.
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