Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Poisoning of the Charles River to Intensify on August 18, 2022

Poisoning of the Charles River to Intensify on August 18, 2022

1. Introduction.

2. Translation.

3. Past “Treatment” of “Invasive” Species.

4. What has been done to prevent future poisoning?

A. Charles River Poisoner funded to manage destruction of MicroCenter Grove.

B. Charles River Poisoner to be the SOLE PUBLIC REVIEWER of Plans to Destroy the Wild Area.


1. Introduction.

On August 16, 2022, as part of an email list I am on, I received the following notice:

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DCR Recreational Advisory: The Charles River 

WHAT:         

On Thursday, August 18, 2022,

the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will conduct invasive aquatic species control work in the Charles River from the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in the City of Newton to the Museum of Science in the City of Boston.

The Charles River will remain open to the public;

 however, DCR encourages those on the river that day to avoid the treatment area and the treatment vessels. If left unmanaged, invasive aquatic species will outcompete native plant species and inhibit water flow and recreational access.

Alternative local state parks include Mystic River Reservation in the City of Medford, Beaver Brook Reservation in the Town of Belmont, and Middlesex Fells Reservation in the Town of Stoneham. 

WHERE:      

The Charles River from the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in the City of Newton to the Museum of Science in the City of Boston 

WHEN:         

Thursday, August 18, 2022 

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2. Translation.

“Treatment” as part of “invasive aquatic species control work” seems to translate as poisoning.

I used to be on the mailing list for meetings of the Cambridge Conservation Commission.  I had the nerve to quote occurrences in those meetings to prove the environmental destructiveness of the City of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

I am no longer on that mailing list.  I have complained to the list manager, the city council and the acting city manager (who in his regular life supervises this department).

I hope I will be returned to the mailing list.


3. Past “Treatment” of “Invasive” Species.

People I know get highly frustrated at this term.  It seems to be a sales pitch by which contractors falsely yell at the UNPAID FOR COMPETITION.

The biggest problem with the stuff is that SOMEBODY SHOULD BE PAYING FOR IT.  IT HAS NO VALUE BY THE ONLY CONSIDERATION CONTRACTORS VALUE: MONEY.

Not that long ago, the DCR was complaining about an algae infestation in the Charles River.

A woman NOW USED AS CONTRACTOR BY THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL received DCR and Trump money to respond.

Here is the technique used to “manage invasive species” at Magazine Beach on the Charles:

She dug up natural cattails in a drainage system artificially created to drain off poisons INTRODUCED BY THE DCR AND THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL, put them in bags and the department headed by the acting city manager picked up the bags.

Here is a photo of the pick up.



Here is the treatment.

The DCR through the Charles River Poisoner dug up the cattails in the drainage ditch and installed plastic, preventing drainage.

The following May this algae pond appeared just to the east of the blocked drainage (left in the picture).  The blue in the above picture between the plastic and the building in the background is the Charles River.”  Photo: Phil Barber


The following September, algae growth “appeared” off Magazine Beach in the Charles River, photos Phil Barber:





The following spring, the DCR / friends reported the Algae blume had taken over the widest part of the Charles River.

4. What has been done to prevent future poisoning?

A. Charles River Poisoner funded to manage destruction of MicroCenter Grove.

The Cambridge City Council has funded the hiring of the Charles River Poisoner for “environmental” work on destroying the MicroCenter Grove on Memorial Drive.


B. Charles River Poisoner to be the SOLE PUBLIC REVIEWER of Plans to Destroy the Wild Area.

The DCR has announced its “Phase III plans” for work on Memorial Drive.  

Our video memorialized the Phase between the BU and Longfellow Bridge.  It may be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o

Phase III was defined as running no further east than the BU Bridge Circle.  The BU Bridge Circle is at the northern end of the BU Bridge.  The fraudulent definition of the BU Bridge Circle runs work up to and including the magnificent Wild Area.

After a bunch of maneuvers, after prodding by a City Council Aid, the DCR agreed to proceed with its “Phase III” work EAST of the next bridge to the WEST.

Public review of the plans will be prohibited except by the Charles River poisoner and a small number of her friends.

So public review of the plans TO DESTROY THE WILD AREA will be restricted to the Charles River Poisoner.  Another achievement of hers was assistance to the DCR and Cambridge through Company Union tactics in the destruction memorialized in my video.

Here is a photo of the area NOW UNDER ATTACK WITH NO PUBLIC REVIEW EXCEPT BY THE CHARLES RIVER POISONER.  WITH REVIEW RESTRICTED TO HER AFTER ENCOURAGEMENT BY A CITY COUNCIL AID.

Here are the DCR’s last plans for the Wild Area:


The lines running from the bottom to the top are the Grand Junction (showing in the photo).  The lines at the top are Memorial Drive.  Between the two is the wild area.  EXACTLY ONE TREE SHOWS ON THESE PLANS, ONE TREE NOT DESTROYED.  The rest simply do not appear in the plans.

These are plans which will be kept SECRET as part of “PUBLIC INPUT.”



Thursday, August 04, 2022

I90 Rebuild Project Notice of Project Change Available with deadline for comments.

 I90 Rebuild Project Notice of Project Change Available with deadline for comments.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has Filed a Notice of Project Change on the I90 Rebuild Project across from Magazine Beach in Cambridge.

As usual, it is massive.

It can be downloaded at https://www.mass.gov/doc/appendix-g-npc-circulation/download.

Comments must be filed by August 30, 2022.  Details in the notice.

And here is their cover.  The symbol of the project is the connection of the main area to Soldiers Field Road in Boston / Allston.

When I suggested they construct this road connector was one of the few times I have seen the MassDOT folks argue with a speaker.

They said this could not be done.  Then they went ahead and made it the emblem of the project.



Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Memorial Drive, Phase 3. ‒ The Fraud on the Charles River Gets Thicker, Destruction “Prevented” Reappears, Cambridge City Council communication

Memorial Drive, Phase 3.  ‒ The Fraud on the Charles River Gets Thicker, Destruction “Prevented” Reappears, Cambridge City Council communication.

Introduction

My last post transmitted our letter to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation concerning their latest destructive game on the Charles River.  THE LATEST GAME RESPONDED TO A CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL PROMPT.

I had two deadlines, one for the DCR, the other for the Cambridge City Council.  I essentially passed on the same letter to the Cambridge City Council, BUT WITH IMPROVEMENTS.  And added significant Post Scripts, with comments in the body referring to the additions at the end, plus other clean-ups.

I am stuck.  Here is the modification for the Cambridge City Council.  The biggest changes are at the end, BUT there are those changes in the body.

Addressees are City Manager Owen Riordan and the Cambridge City Council.  Riordan is the actual head of the Department of Publc Works, temporarily promoted until their newly hired permanent City Manager takes office.  The outgoing City Manager is elderly and earned an honorable retirement.

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RE: Memorial Drive, Phase 3

The Fraud on the Charles River Gets Thicker, Destruction “Prevented” Reappears

I. Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Cambridge City Council reverse improvement making the situation more secret, more destructive and more fake.

II. “Equivalent” to the January / February 2016 outrage is an admission of incompetence worthy of destroying the DCR on the Charles River as the legislature destroyed the Metropolitan District Commission - - - TO PROTECT THE CHARLES.

PS1 Destruction at the Memorial Drive Overpass.

PS2 Here are the destruction plans for the Micro Center Grove, previously provided REPEATEDLY to the Cambridge City Council.  From page 44 of the same June 6, 2017 document.


Gentlemen / Ladies:

I. Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Cambridge City Council reverse improvement making the situation more secret, more destructive and more fake.

We are getting more fraud on the Charles River.  I have reviewed the tape on the DCR meeting concerning the “Phase 3” of government destruction.  It was conducted in late June on line.  UNTIL THIS MEETING, the latest version of ”Phase 3” supposedly was all west of Harvard Square.

Cambridge City Councilor Zondervan’s aid very forcefully participated in the meeting and got what seemed to be a commitment to do “sidewalk repair work” east of River Street, including areas on the north side, plus Magazine Beach, plus the “BU Bridge Rotary.”  The “sidewalk repair work” WILL INCLUDE WIDENING.

The fraud is thick.  The 2019 version included slides of what is included in their definition of the BU Bridge Rotary, and THUS IN THIS LATEST REINTRODUCTION.   

Here is the DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT IN THE 2019 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT:

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Phase III of the Memorial Drive Project extends from the Boston University Bridge Rotary to the Eliot Bridge.  This project, which will renovate and upgrade the greenway, encompasses both redesign of the roadway and associated traffic analysis, as well as environmental and landscape improvements.  At this meeting, which serves as a kickoff to the design project, DCR, its consultant team, and the public will discuss existing conditions and community priorities as the team starts analysis.

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Here are the three slides presented in the public presentation on June 25, 2019, as to the reality behind the fraudulent description of “Phase 3” the project, insofar as it is CLAIMED TO BE beginning / ending at the “BU Rotary.”  

Suddenly in the FRAUD which is too common in the DCR, the “BU Rotary” extends beyond the eastern extreme of the Wild Area.  THE WILD AREA IS THE NARROW AREA TO THE RIGHT.  THAT IS FRAUD.



Following are the DCR / MDC long established plans for the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese, on the left, and the Wild Area on the right.  The Grand Junction runs between them These plans for the Destroyed Nesting Area and the Wild Area are taken from the 2009 package.


Compare the slope’s top edge to the outline of “BU ROTARY” in the three slides.  The outline in the slides extends to the right of this plan.

The destruction plans show EXACTLY ONE TREE NOT DESTROYED, and lie through omission of the thick woods.  IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE EXPLANATION ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT.

The DCR plans whose validity was extended by the legislature long after they became outdated included destruction of the Wild Area with the usual lying.  THE PLANS DID NOT SHOW ANY OF THE MORE THAN 100 TREES IN THE WILD AREA.  They show exactly one tree NOT DESTROYED, #535.

Here are the trees during summer which are kept secret in this fraud.  The white figures are members of the gaggle of the Charles River White Geese.  The Boat Club is on the right:


Here is a winter photo of the Charles River White Geese from the sidewalk through the woods the DCR claims does not exist.  They go to this cove because its temperature is much warmer than the adjacent water or the air.  The Boat Club is on the left.


Zondervan’s aid’s sidewalk improvements” / “widening” as stated by the DCR in the meeting would wipe out this slope.  IN SECRET because of the fraudulent use of a very much NOT PUBLIC “public forum.”  LISTEN TO THE MEETING.  LISTEN TO THE TONE OF THE SPEAKER WHEN THE SPEAKER MENTIONS PUBLIC INPUT.

The word used by Cambridge City Councilor Zondervan’s aid was a need to improve “sidewalks.”  That was followed by DCR comments that the sidewalks would “need to be widened.”  Widening would create destruction of the Wild Area because of the steep slope. 

The “community input” is secret, SOLELY BY THE CHARLES RIVER POISONER who got DCR / Trump money for that and is being paid to work on the destruction of the MicroCenter Grove.  Here is a copy of our info sheet on the Cambridge City Council funding of the Micro Center Grove destruction BY HER.


Here is our letter to the Cambridge City Council on the CITY / DCR PAID “neighborhood activist”’s destruction of the Charles, UNDER DCR / TRUMP moneys:  http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/docs/2020-10-26CCC.pdf.  The letter leads with her poisoning of the Charles and follows up with so much more of the outrage by the Cambridge City Council and the DCR.

Of course the DCR will go to this PAID CONTRACTOR to get fraudulent “neighborhood input” probably through her Magazine Beach fraudulent protective group, but she also has something she calls a “neighborhood association” which has specifically delegated to the fraudulent protective group.  She may or may not add controlled others to the “independent review.”

Here is the blocking of the drainage ditches by which the SOLE REVIEWER of any outrage on Memorial Drive caused poisoning of the Charles River.


This photo, courtesy of Phil Barber, with our edit combining separate photos, is the DCR’s sign bragging that the drainage ditches keep DCR / Cambridge introduced poisons out of the Charles River, poisons first introduced by the two in the 2000's.

Here are further photos from Phil Barber.  The first is the algae bloom which was created by the Charles River Poisoner to the east of the blocked drainage.  The balance are outrages created by the Charles River Poisoner in the Charles River.






Destruction WITH CITY OF CAMBRIDGE ASSISTANCE, occurred in December, 2017.  The other photos are from May and September, 2018.  After that, the Cambridge City Council helped the DCR to pay for a boondoggle to address the poisoning done by the DCR through the Charles River Poisoner with the City of Cambridge picking up trash on the day of the outrage.  Then the City of Cambridge funded the Charles River poisoner for “environmental” and other work associated with the destruction of the Micro Center Grove.

This photo is of the City of Cambridge picking up valuable vegetation destroyed by the Charles River Poisoner in the process of blocking the drainage pits in December 2017.


We have documented the Charles River Poisoner’s poisoning of the Charles River in our letter posted at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/docs/2020-10-26CCC.pdf.  This posting is of our letter copied directly from City of Cambridge records.  The detail gets a lot more gruesome as the letter progresses.


II. “Equivalent” to the January / February 2016 outrage is an admission of incompetence worthy of destroying the DCR on the Charles River as the legislature destroyed the Metropolitan District Commission - - - TO PROTECT THE CHARLES.

The DCR bragged that the plans for “Phase 3" are consistent with what was done between the Longfellow and BU Bridges.  “Phase” names are inconsistent with what is posted on www.mass.gov.  The one thing which seems to be unchanged are the plans which were issued in 2009, except that things have gotten worse.  Some specifics are pointed out in our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o.  

Environmental “reviews” were way out of date when the destruction was implemented in January and February 2016. The supposed “public hearings,” also out of date, were conducted at Boston University and at a part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which was very distant from impacted residents.  To put it mildly the “public comment” in addition to being stale were blatantly fraudulent, useless events.

The legislature, for good cause, destroyed the Metropolitan District Commission which wrote the plans and managed the “review.”  The legislature was trying to protect the Charles from the MDC.  MDC “planners” went to the Department of Conservation and Recreation with their destructive plans and implemented them, based on legislative reinvigoration of the review of the 2009 plans.  The work was done by the DCR in close proximity with a group strongly related to the DCR contractor who poisoned the Charles River.  

We have documented the outrages in my video, “The Destruction of Memorial Drive, Charles River, Cambridge, MA, USA, January - February 2016 - Final Cut,” Posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o

Tellingly, the “Public Meeting” by ZOOM on “Phase 3,” called the work done in January and February 2016 to be a good example of what is planned.

What was done in January and February 2016 was an excellent example of the destructive incompetence and extreme contempt for the environment which the legislature tried to defend on the Charles River from by destroying the MDC.  The DCR “replacement” amply reinforced excellent reasons why the legislature voted to destroy the MDC.  The DCR as such proved itself unfit to function as caretaker for the Charles River.  This outrage is analyzed in detail in the video.

A sound replacement this time would be the Department of Transportation.  MassDOT is not perfect, but, on matters of shared interest, it has looked like the adult in the room next to the DCR and the Cambridge City Council.

A fake “Neighborhood Association” controlled by the Charles River Poisoner and friends at the city told concerned people to ignore state plans for massive destruction.  At its last meeting before the destruction, this fake group proclaimed that the destruction outside of its jurisdiction AND REFUSED TO ALLOW IT TO BE DISCUSSED.  

At its next meeting, after the destruction, the fake group had no trouble discussing whether or not the group should be paid off by the DCR for keeping people away from the destruction.  That fake neighborhood association later voted to delegate full responsibility for destruction at Magazine Beach to an even tinier entity clearly controlled by the Charles River Poisoner who poisoned the Charles River ACTING AS AGENT FOR THE DCR.  

The fake neighborhood association further hid the outrage in that essentially non existent entity controlled by the Charles River Poisoner, HIRED BY THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL WORK ON THE MICROCENTER GROVE, I.E. ITS DESTRUCTION.

Both entities  have the blatant stench of company unions.

The DCR is now proclaiming the latest fake group controlled by the Charles River Poisoner to be a proper neighborhood representative IN ADDITION TO BEING A PAID CONTRACTOR FOR THE DCR AND THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE ON THE CHARLES RIVER.  The nicest reasonable expression for such “public input” is blatant “fraud.”

After the January / February 2016 outrage, the DCR provided to the City of Cambridge plans to destroy 54 mostly excellent trees on Magazine Beach, which is west of the BU Bridge.  Shortly after this announcement, a group of Cambridge City Councillors called a May Day rally for themselves on the steps of Cambridge City Hall at which they declared their own environmental sainthood.  They stepped inside and, as the first policy item, praised the outrage planned by the DCR at Magazine Beach as an example of environmental sainthood.

In response to this particular outrage, I carefully studied the situation at Magazine Beach and did extensive photographing of the targets of the DCR plans.  We then provided the combination to the City Council and City Manager.

We have provided the DCR’s plans for destruction of 54 trees at Magazine Beach to the Cambridge City Council more than once.  We have published them on our website at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/agenda1.pdf, matched to our photographic analysis of the outrage.  This is our combination of the files submitted to the Cambridge Conservation Commission to our photos of the results.

The 54 targeted trees have been increased to more than 60 including areas on the north side NOT IN THE DESTRUCTION PLANS.  A subsequent map transmitted from the Charles River Poisoner to the City Council provides a different SECRET map of the area in question.  I have copied that map and split it into three portions.  

Below is the western of the 3 portions, the after plan for the Micro Center Grove next to the Swimming Pool  


The big white building in the photo is the Swimming Pool.  To the left of the Swimming Pool is the planned future of the excellent Micro Center Grove (#3). , A PARKING LOT.  The destruction at point #3 reflects tree destructiont replacing the Micro Center Grove.  This is what the Cambridge City Council voted to pay the Charles River poisoner to accomplish as stated in the above fact sheet.

Massive destruction kept as secret as possible.  

And Councilor Zonervan’s aid proposed “sidewalk work” in this area and next to the Micro Center (the tree destruction next to the parking lot and the Micro Center building seems to reflect the situation before destruction). itself to be given “public discussion” IN SECRET BY THE CITY COUNCIL’S DESTRUCTIVE CONTRACTOR, THE CHARLES RIVER POISONER.

Here is our photo of the excellent AND DOOMED Micro Center grove currently living with magnificence in that COMING PARKING LOT to the west of the Swimming Pool.  It is so large that a complete picture was not possible.


NOTE, HOWEVER, IN OUR PS2 WE PROVIDE THE DESTRUCTION PLANS WE PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED THE CITY COUNCIL IN OUR June 6, 2017 LETTER.

A better, but still inadequate, view is our cropping of Minute 2.33 of “From Cambridge to Boston with the DJ Inspire 1 Drone footage”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN-OmMzvHhw.  The doomed grove is above and to the right of the swimming pool.  The Micro Center parking lot, from which the above photo was taken, is across the street to the right.  The parking lot being “moved” is visible to the left of the swimming pool and stretching through the middle of the still.

Here are the two other portions now under attack by the DCR and the Cambridge City Council WITH THE IRRESPONSIBLE LATEST CHANGES BEING PROPOSED IN “Phase 3.”

These are the middle and right portions of the previously secret plans of the ongoing outrage at Magazine Beach

The U shaped figure in both pictures is the crossing bridge over Memorial Drive.  


In the second picture,  EXCELLENT trees should be located around the lower curve.  The two most excellent trees formerly framing that curve have been destroyed already.

This SECRET map is distressingly confusing, clearly an attempt to create a false impression.  Please see the P.S. below for reality.  Note, as well, we have complained about this outrage previously, which make this outrage not unusual.  Complaints are consistently ignored.

The secret plans made public by the Charles River Poisoner go further.  They show that trees irresponsibly destroyed by the MDC NEXT TO THE MICRO CENTER parking lot will not be replaced.  They further show trees NEXT TO THE MICRO CENTER BUILDING ITSELF that were destroyed after inclusion in the plans AND PROMISED TO BE REPLACED WILL NOT BE REPLACED.

But the ZOOM “Public Meeting” called for secret planning of “sidewalk” work both on the North and South sides of Memorial Drive plus at the fraudulently described “BU BRIDGE ROTARY” / “BU ROTARY,” WITH THE USUAL FRAUDULENT PUBLIC MEETINGS ONLY PARTICIPATED IN BY THE CHARLES RIVER POISONER AND HER FRIENDS.

[The following is bounded by a double line red text box in the letter:

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One apparent response of the City of Cambridge to items included in this analysis and to many other reports from us would appear to have been to delete Robert J. La Trémouille, boblat@yahoo.com from the email mailing list of the Cambridge Conservation Commission detailing its coming meetings including agendas.  

We have effectively reported on items learned at such meetings.  

Effective reporting is not compatible with the goals of the Cambridge City Council.  Effective reporting includes reality commonly kept SECRET from the voters.  Our subsequent request for reinstatement to the mail list has rather clearly been ignored.  

This has the odor of keeping irresponsible planning out of responsible ears.  This does not look like independence / professionalism.  This looks too much like the  behavior of Cambridge and the DCR with all their lovely controlled “entities” and “activists.”Sincerely,

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Robert J. La Trémouille, Chair

Friends of the White Geese 

Post Office Box 391412

Cambridge, MA   02139


Copies:  

A compatible version of this letter has been provided to the DCR within their time limits.  This version includes improvements over the prior language.

P.S. In preparation of this rewrite, it seems that the SECRET plans provided by the Charles River Poisoner to the Cambridge City Council do not adequately portray the destruction at the overpass.  It is a mistake to assume accuracy from the people involved, a distressingly normal situation.

So we have gone, ONCE AGAIN, to our official complaint submitted on June 6, 2016.  The complete letter is posted on our webpage at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/agenda1.pdf.  This is our copy of the official record.  The city has changed the organization of its official record.  Identification on the document is prior to the latest created “identification” confusion.    

At the same time, we are including, ONCE AGAIN the destruction plans which we keep providing to the City Council of the Micro Center grove which the City Council is paying the Charles River Poisoner for her part in the destruction.


PS1, Destruction at the Southern end of the overpass.

Here is page 19 of our letter showing the destruction plans filed with the Cambridge Conservation Commission (as stated above, we have been deleted from the Cambridge Conservation Commission’s regular e-mailing of its agenda).  This page presents both versions of the destruction plan filed by the DCR.

The curve is the curve of the overpass where excellent trees were destroyed.  The X’d trees and yellowed circles are doomed trees.


Here from p. 22 of the June 6 2017 letter is our before picture taken from the bridge:


And here are before pictures taken from the ground (first photo), followed by destruction photos from the curve looking down (2d and 3d photos below), courtesy Phil Barber.  The X’s indicate the destruction.





PS2 Here are the destruction plans for the Micro Center Grove, previously provided REPEATEDLY to the Cambridge City Council.  From page 44 of the same June 6, 2017 document.



Trees doomed to be destroyed WITH CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL FUNDS ASSISTANCE ARE X’d on one version of the plans and colored in yellow in the other version.  The colored version, as usual, is the later, more complete and more destructive version.

Photos are provided in the body of this letter, presenting what was presented to the DCR.


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Memorial Drive, Phase 3 The Fraud on the Charles River Gets Thicker, Destruction “Prevented” Reappears

[The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation conducted a public hearing by ZOOM on its supposed “phase III” plans for Memorial Drive destruction on the Charles River. [The number is Roman numeral is some places and non-Roman numeral in others.  I used non Roman numeral.]

These outrages have been under consideration for years.  This latest “proposal” seemed a vast improvement because the area around the BU Bridge had been deleted and the entire project was limited to the area west of Harvard Square.  I missed the original ZOOM event, but picked up the slides and an apparently complete video.

The Q&A at the end was major.  An aid for Cambridge City Councilor Zandervann repeatedly raised questions about the omission of the portion proposed in the Magazine Beach and Destroyed Nesting Area / Wild Area.

After repeated questions, the panel spoke about working for “improvements” there as well, WITHOUT THE PUBLIC REVIEW IN THE REST OF THE PROPOSAL (FAKE REVIEW, RATHER CLEARLY BY THE DESTRUCTIVE CAMBRIDGE CONTRACTOR WHO POISONED THE CHARLES RIVER A FEW YEARS AGO.)

Comments were due by July 21.  Our comments were way too extensive for the form provided, but they also allowed hard copy.  I mailed the comments Express Mail, Return Receipt on July 19, in plenty of time for the deadline.

Here are the comments, modified to comport to the blog format, on Friends of the White Geese letterhead.

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July 19, 2022

EXPRESS MAIL, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Office of Public Outreach

251 Causeway Street

Boston, MA 02114


RE: Memorial Drive, Phase 3

The Fraud on the Charles River Gets Thicker, Destruction “Prevented” Reappears


I. Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Cambridge City Council reverse improvement making the situation more secret, more destructive and more fake.

II. “Equivalent” to the January / February 2016 outrage is an admission of incompetence worthy of destroying the DCR on the Charles River as the legislature destroyed the Metropolitan District Commission - - - TO PROTECT THE CHARLES.

Gentlemen / Ladies:

I. Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Cambridge City Council reverse improvement making the situation more secret, more destructive and more fake.

We are getting more fraud on the Charles River.  I have reviewed the tape on the meeting concerning the “Phase 3” of government destruction.  It was conducted in late June on line.  UNTIL THIS MEETING, the latest version of ”Phase 3” supposedly was all west of Harvard Square.

Cambridge City Councilor Zondervann’s aid very forcefully participated in the meeting and got what seemed to be a commitment to do “sidewalk repair work” east of River Street, including areas on the north side, plus Magazine Beach, plus the BU Bridge Rotary.  The “sidewalk repair work” WILL INCLUDE WIDENING.

The fraud is thick.  The 2019 version included slides of what is included in their definition of the BU Bridge Rotary, and THUS IN THIS LATEST REINTRODUCTION.   

Here is the DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT IN THE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT:

[Paragraph retyped.  It got lost in copying from the hard copy.  Asterisks added to denote direct quote.]]

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Phase III of the Memorial Drive Project extends from the Boston University Bridge Rotary to the Eliot Bridge.  This project, which will renovate and upgrade the greenway, encompasses both redesign of the roadway and associated traffice analysis, as well as environmental and landscape improvements.  At this meeting, which serves as a kickoff to the design project, DCR, its consultant team, and the public will discuss existing conditions and community priorities as the team starts analysis.

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Here are the three slides presented in the public presentation on June 25, 2019, as to the reality behind the fraudulent description of “Phase 3” the project, insofar as it is CLAIMED TO BE beginning / ending at the BU Bridge Rotary.  

Suddenly in the FRAUD which is too common in the DCR, the BU Bridge Rotary extends beyond the eastern extreme of the Wild Area.  THE WILD AREA IS THE NARROW AREA TO THE RIGHT.  THAT IS FRAUD.





Following are the DCR / MDC long established plans for the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese, on the left, and the Wild Area on the right.  The Grand Junction runs between them These plans for the Destroyed Nesting Area and the Wild Area taken from the 2009 package.



Compare the slope’s top edge to the outline of “BU BRIDGE CIRCLE” in the three slides.  The outline in the slides extends to the right of this plan.

The destruction plans show EXACTLY ONE TREE NOT DESTROYED, and lie through omission of the thick woods.  IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE EXPLANATION ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT.

The DCR plans whose validity was extended by the legislature long after they became outdated included destruction of the Wild Area with the usual lying.  THE PLANS DID NOT SHOW ANY OF THE MORE THAN 100 TREES IN THE WILD AREA.  They show exactly one tree NOT DESTROYED:

Here are the trees during summer which are kept secret in this fraud.  The white figures are members of the gaggle of the Charles River White Geese.  The Boat Club is on the right:


Here is a winter photo of the Charles River White Geese from the sidewalk through the woods the DCR claims does not exist.  They go to this cove because its temperature is much warmer than the adjacent water or the air.  The Boat Club is on the left.


Zondervann’s aid’s sidewalk improvements” / “widening” as stated by the DCR in the meeting would wipe out this slope.  IN SECRET because of the fraudulent use of a very much NOT PUBLIC “public forum.”  LISTEN TO THE MEETING.  LISTEN TO THE TONE OF THE SPEAKER WHEN THE SPEAKER MENTIONS PUBLIC INPUT.

The word used by Cambridge City Councilor Zondervann’s aid was a need to improve “sidewalks.”  That was followed by DCR comments that the sidewalks would “need to be widened.”  Widening would create destruction of the Wild Area because of the steep slope. 

The “community input” is secret, SOLELY BY THE CHARLES RIVER POISONER who got DCR / Trump money for that and is being paid to work on the destruction of the MicroCenter Grove.  Below is a copy of our info sheet on the Cambridge City Council funding of the Micro Center Grove destruction BY HER.


Here is our letter to the Cambridge City Council on the CITY / DCR PAID “neighborhood activist”’s destruction of the Charles, UNDER DCR / TRUMP moneys:  http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/docs/2020-10-26CCC.pdf.  The letter leads with her poisoning of the Charles and follows up with so much more of the outrage by the Cambridge City Council and the DCR.

Of course the DCR will go to this PAID CONTRACTOR to get fraudulent “neighborhood input” probably through her Magazine Beach fraudulent protective group, but she also has something she calls a “neighborhood association” which has specifically delegated to the fraudulent protective group.  She may or may not add controlled others to the “independent review.”

This photo is the blocking of the drainage ditchs by which the SOLE REVIEWER of any outrage on Memorial Drive caused poisoning of the Charles River.


This photo, courtesy of Phil Barber, with our edit combining separate photos, is the DCR’s sign bragging that the drainage ditches keep DCR / Cambridge introduced poisons out of the Charles River, poisons first introduced by the two in the 2000's.


Here are further photos from Phil Barber.  The first is the algae bloom which was created by the Charles River Poisoner to the east of the blocked drainage.  The balance are outrages created by the Charles River Poisoner in the Charles River.

Destruction WITH CITY OF CAMBRIDGE ASSISTANCE, occurred in December, 2017.  The other photos are from May and September, 2018.  After that, the Cambridge City Council helped the DCR to pay for a boondoggle to address the poisoning done by the DCR through the Charles River Poisoner with the City of Cambridge picking up trash on the day of the outrage.  Then the City of Cambridge funded the Charles River poisoner for “environmental” and other work associated with the destruction of the Micro Center Grove.





This photo is of the City of Cambridge picking up valuable vegetation destroyed by the Charles River Poisoner in the process of blocking the drainage pits in December 2017.


We have documented the Charles River Poisoner’s poisoning of the Charles River in our letter posted at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/docs/2020-10-26CCC.pdf.  This posting is of our letter copied directly from City of Cambridge records.  The detail gets a lot more gruesome as the letter progresses.


II. “Equivalent” to the January / February 2016 outrage is an admission of incompetence worthy of destroying the DCR on the Charles River as the legislature destroyed the Metropolitan District Commission - - - TO PROTECT THE CHARLES.

The DCR bragged that the plans for “Phase 3" are consistent with what was done between the Longfellow and BU Bridges.  “Phase” names are inconsistent with what is posted on Mass.gov.  The one thing which seems to be unchanged are the plans which were issued in 2009, except that things have gotten worse.  Some specifics pointed out in our video.  

Environmental “reviews” were way out of date when the destruction was implemented in January and February 2016. The supposed “public hearings,” also out of date, were conducted at Boston University and at a part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which was very distant from impacted residents.  To put it mildly the “public comment” in addition to being stale were blatantly fraudulent, useless events.

The legislature, for good cause, destroyed the Metropolitan District Commission which wrote the plans and managed the “review.”  The legislature was trying to protect the Charles from the MDC.  MDC “planners” went to the Department of Conservation and Recreation with their destructive plans and implemented them, based on legislative reinvigoration of the review of the 2009 plans.  The work was done by the DCR in close proximity with a group strongly related to the DCR contractor who poisoned the Charles River.  

We have documented the outrages in my video, “The Destruction of Memorial Drive, Charles River, Cambridge, MA, USA, January - February 2016 - Final Cut,” Posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o

Tellingly, the “Public Meeting” by ZOOM on “Phase 3,” called the work done in January and February 2016 to be a good example of what is planned.

What was done in January and February 2016 was an excellent example of the destructive incompetence and extreme contempt for the environment which the legislature tried to defend on the Charles River from by destroying the MDC.  The DCR “replacement” amply reinforced excellent reasons why the legislature voted to destroy the MDC.  The DCR as such proved itself unfit to function as caretaker for the Charles River.  This outrage is analyzed in detail in the video.

A sound replacement this time would be the Department of Transportation.  MassDOT is not perfect, but, on matters of shared interest, it has looked like the adult in the room next to the DCR and the Cambridge City Council.

A fake “Neighborhood Association” controlled by the Charles River Poisoner and friends at the city told concerned people to ignore state plans for massive destruction.  At its last meeting before the destruction, this fake group proclaimed that the destruction outside of its jurisdiction AND REFUSED TO ALLOW IT TO BE DISCUSSED.  

At its next meeting, after the destruction, the fake group had no trouble discussing whether or not the group should be paid off by the DCR for keeping people away from the destruction.  That fake neighborhood association then voted to delegate full responsibility for destruction at Magazine Beach to an even tinier entity clearly controlled by the Charles River Poisoner who poisoned the Charles River ACTING AS AGENT FOR THE DCR.  

The fake neighborhood association further hid the outrage in an essentially non existent entity controlled by the Charles River Poisoner, HIRED BY THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL WORK ON THE MICROCENTER GROVE, I.E. ITS DESTRUCTION..

Both entities  have the blatant stench of company unions.

The DCR is now proclaiming the latest fake group controlled by the Charles River Poisoner to be a proper neighborhood representative IN ADDITION TO BEING A PAID CONTRACTOR FOR THE DCR AND THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE ON THE CHARLES RIVER.  The nicest reasonable expression for such “public input” is blatant “fraud.”

After the January / February 2016 outrage, the DCR provided to the City of Cambridge plans to destroy 54 mostly excellent trees on Magazine Beach, which is west of the BU Bridge.  Shortly after this announcement, a group of Cambridge City Councillors called a May Day rally for themselves on the steps of Cambridge City Hall at which they declared their own environmental sainthood.  They stepped inside and, as the first policy item, praised the outrage planned by the DCR at Magazine Beach as an example of environmental sainthood.

In response to this particular outrage, I carefully studied the situation at Magazine Beach and did extensive photographing of the targets of the DCR plans.  We then provided the combination to the City Council and City Manager.

We have provided the DCR’s plans for destruction of 54 trees at Magazine Beach to the Cambridge City Council more than once.  We have published them on our website at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/agenda1.pdf, matched to our photographic analysis of the outrage.  This is our combination of the files submitted to the Cambridge Conservation Commission to our photos of the results.

The 54 targeted trees have been increased to more than 60 including areas on the north side NOT IN THE DESTRUCTION PLANS.  A subsequent map from the Charles River Poisoner to the City Council shows a different SECRET map of the area in question.  I have copied that map and split it into three portions.  

Below is the western of the 3 portions, the after plan for the Micro Center Grove next to the Swimming Pool  


On the photo to the left of the swimming pool is the planned future of the excellent Micro Center Grove (#3). , A PARKING LOT.  #3 on top of the parking lot replacing the Micro Center Grove, what the City Council voted to pay the Charles River poisoner for as stated in the above fact sheet.

Massive destruction kept as secret as possible.  

And Councilor Zonervann’s aid proposed “sidewalk work” in this area and next to the Micro Center (the tree destruction next to the parking lot and the Micro Center building seems to reflect the situatuion before desstrution.  itself to be given “public discussion” IN SECRET BY THE CITY COUNCIL’S DESTRUCTIVE CONTRACTOR, THE CHARLES RIVER POISONER.

Here is our photo of the excellent AND DOOMED Micro Center grove currently living with magnificance in that COMING PARKING LOT to the west of the Swimming Pool.  It is so large that a complete picture was not possible.


A better, but still inadequate, view is our cropping of Minute 2.33 of “From Cambridge to Boston with the DJ Inspire 1 Drone footage”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN-OmMzvHhw.  The doomed grove is above and to the right of the swimming pool.  The Micro Center parking lot, from which the above photo was taken, is across the street to the right.  The parking lot being “moved” is visible to the left of the swimming pool and stretching through the middle.


Here are the two other portions now under attack by the DCR and the Cambridge City Council WITH THE IRRESPONSIBLE LATEST CHANGES BEING PROPOSED IN “Phase 3.”

These are the middle and right portions of the previously secret plans of the ongoing outrage at Magazine Beach

The U shaped figure in both pictures is the crossing bridge over Memorial Drive.  


In the second picture, note the EXCELLENT trees around the lower curve.  The two most excellent trees formerly framing that curve have been destroyed already.

The secret plans made public by the Charles River Poisoner go further.  They show trees irresponsibly destroyed by the MDC NEXT TO THE MICRO CENTER parking lot will not be replaced.  They further show trees NEXT TO THE MICRO CENTER BUILDING ITSELF that were destroyed after inclusion in the plans AND PROMISED TO BE REPLACED WILL NOT BE REPLACED.

But the “Public Meeting” called for secret planning of sidewalk work both on the North and South, WITH THE USUAL FRAUDULENT PUBLIC MEETINGS ONLY PARTICIPATED IN BY THE CHARLES RIVER POISONER AND HER FRIENDS.

[The following was presented in a red double lined text box:]

The response of the City of Cambridge to items included in this analysis and to many other reports would appear to have been to delete Robert J. La Trémouille, boblat@yahoo.com from the email mailing list of Conservation Commission detailing its coming meetings including agendas.  

We have effectively reported on items learned at such meetings.  

Effective reporting is not compatible with the goals of the Cambridge City Council.  Effective reporting includes reality commonly kept from the voters.  Our subsequent request for reinstatement has been ignored.  

This has the odor of keeping irresponsible planning out of responsible ears.  This does not look like independence / professionalism.  This looks like the too much of the  behavior of Cambridge and the DCR.

[end of red text box]

Sincerely,


Robert J. La Trémouille, Chair

Friends of the White Geese 

Post Office Box 391412

Cambridge, MA   02139

Copies:  

A compatible version of this letter will be provided to the Cambridge City Council through the Cambridge City Clerk in time to be included in the Agenda for their August 1, 2022 meeting.  A copy of this version will also be provided to the City of Cambridge’s Acting City Manager.  The permanent position of the Acting City Manager is head of the Cambridge Department of Public Works.