Charles River, DCR, Objections to Fake “Input” Meeting
The following letter has been snail mailed by me to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
December 9, 2015, is the drop dead date, although on line filings are allowed at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings .
Office of Public Outreach
Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Proposing further destruction on the Charles River.
Gentlemen / Ladies:
I am writing individually and as chair of Friends of the White Geese, a Massachusetts non profit recognized by the Attorney General since 2002. Our main purpose is to stand up to you and your accomplices in your attacks on the Charles River, its water, its vegetation, and its animals.
This follows on the referenced meeting and on 16 years of outrageous destruction, bad faith, flat out lying, and heartless animal abuse by you in your current name and in your predecessor name on the Charles River.
First of all, the meeting was the second fake one because you refuse to discuss your imminent destruction of hundreds of trees between the BU and Longfellow Bridges, but you hypocritically claim to be a responsible entity and to be seeking input on what you are doing on the Charles River.
Thus you are using these meetings to flat out lie that you are a responsible entity.
Secondly, all the irresponsible plans are non negotiable.
The bizarre 16 foot wall closing off the playing fields from the Charles was put up through the flat out lie of a lawn to the river. It should be replaced with what you promised, a lawn to the river. The introduced invasives should be destroyed.
However, from your point of view, the introduced wall has a purpose. It starves the Charles River White Geese.
You are exercising your perceived rights as heartless animal abusers.
You, in the "meeting" stated that you want a tourist attraction on Magazine Beach.
You had a tourist attraction, the Charles River White Geese.
Magazine Beach was a very real destination place for people from the suburbs who came to admire the Charles River White Geese. You are deliberately starving your well established and valuable tourist attraction.
Poison use on the banks of the Charles is non negotiable.
We had responsible native grass which did not require poisons.
You promised better playing fields. You destroyed the responsible grass on the playing fields.
So you put in poison drinking grass, and destroyed playing fields to drain off the poisons to keep alive sickly grasses that you should not have introduced in the first place.
An excellent example of your love of poisons is the annual algae infestation on the Charles River. This dates back to one year when your beloved poisons were not working as well as you would like on Ebersol Fields near the Massachusetts General Hospital.
So you dumped poisons marked "do not use" near water. The next day the Charles River was dead with algae from the harbor to the Mass. Ave. Bridge.
And your algae blight comes back every year.
The poison drinking grass on the playing fields has been a failure.
Your solution: you want to replace your introduced poison drinking invasive grass with more poison drinkers.
And replace the responsible, native grass at the top of the hill and behind the swimming pool with poison drinkers.
The idea of behaving responsibly and replacing the invasives which you introduced with the responsible native grass you destroyed in the first place is non negotiable. After all, the responsible grass only survived the better part of a Century, and the sickly stuff you introduced is a failure.
And you insist on destroying the little guys' parking lot at the top of the hill and the foot of Magazine Street.
Now you lie that you are not destroying the little guys’ parking lot. You brag that you are just making it smaller and applying rules to make it useless.
And, of course, you are destroying trees in the process of making the now fake parking lot smaller.
If there is one thing you love more than dumping poisons on the banks of the Charles River, it is destroying trees and inflicting heartless animal abuse.
And it is all non negotiable.
Of course, that was a fake meeting.
Why call it anything else?
This non stop situation of non negotiable and irresponsible policies says everything.
Whether through incompetence or venality, you are unfit for the job you claim to be filling. The governor and the legislature should give the Commonwealth responsible management on the Charles River, what the governor and legislature were trying to do when they thought they were destroying the Metropolitan District Commission.
Robert J. La Trémouille
Individually and as Chair,
Friends of the White Geese