Wednesday, August 26, 2009

DCR work site at BU Bridge shut down

Marilyn Wellons reports that the Director of the Cambridge Conservation Commission shut down the DCR work site at 3:15 p.m. August 25:

Friends alerted us to the start of work at the BU Bridge on August 25. I forwarded the information to Cambridge ConCom Director Jennifer Wright, assuming she already knew it had begun. In fact this was not the case.

The DCR had failed to give 72 hours' written notice of the start of work, or to comply with other requirements in the ConCom's Order of Conditions. These requirements include the filing of construction documents and copies of various permits. I believe there were 12 conditions for the BU Bridge work.

Ms. Wright accordingly shut down the DCR work site at 3:15 p.m. today. It is closed indefinitely, pending DCR compliance with the Order of Conditions.

By 3:15 all plants within 50’ of the BU Bridge abutment and beyond 100’ from the river’s edge were completely cleared, except for four trees. In this large L-shaped space the soil was bare and dusty, almost sifted of all vegetable matter. Beyond it the White Geese were huddled in the little space allotted to them. It also is, as we know, largely bare.

Near the entrance to the goose meadow where I was standing, a disoriented group of either digging or mining bees was trying to do something to or for nodules I thought might be their larvae’s formerly underground cells. In the hot sun whatever the bees were trying to do seemed impossible to me, but they kept at their task, except for one that walked purposively away toward nothing at all.

I will keep the blog posted with updates as the DCR responds to the stop order.

Day 373, The Goose Meadow before Governor Patrick's Heartless Animal Abuse, What should be done

I have been able to find two pictures in electronic form of the Goose Meadow this year. They were photographed in the first two weeks of July.

The first view is of the location of the two demolition vehicles. This is the area the gaggle immediately inspected once they realized the immediate danger was gone. They used a lot of it for nesting. The portion not destroyed had had significant damage in the last two years by the DCR. The destruction of this area is totally without value. It is being done for staging that should be put under Memorial Drive.

The second is of the area toward the BU Bridge, looking toward the trees.

The project has been timed to maximize environmental destruction and animal harm. The timing should be changed to do exactly the opposite.

If we were dealing with other than heartless animal abusers, the Charles River White Geese would be allowed to return to their home for most of the last 30 years, Magazine Beach and to visit the nesting area as they deem fit.

Access to Magazine Beach is blocked by a bizarre starvation wall of introduced vegetation. The front organization, Charles River Conservancy, has bragged that blocking off Magazine Beach from the Charles River with this bizarre wall helps swimming. The key liar has publicly bragged that he starves the Charles River White Geese with this wall. That bizarre wall should be chopped down.

Additionally, poisons being dumped on the formerly green playing fields should stop, and the expensive drainage system should be filled in. The drainage system supposedly drains the poisons out of Magazine Beach to keep them out of the Charles River. You do not dump poisons, you do not need the drainage. Notwithstanding this, it is inconceivable the drainage system would work in major flooding, which would obviously dump poisons in the Charles which should not be used on the banks of the Charles.

Half the destruction is unnecessary and dumb. The destruction in the north part of the goose meadow is for staging that should be placed under Memorial Drive, but we are dealing with very destructive people.

Day 373, Photos of Governor Patrick's Heartless Animal Abuse

Day 373 at the Destroyed Nesting Area Supplement, very miserable animals

Bob La Trémouille reports.

1. Introduction.
2. First Visit.
a. Damage.
b. Very miserable Charles River White Geese.
c. Response from passers by.
3. Second visit.
4. Summary.

1. Introduction.

I spent three hours at the Destroyed Nesting Area in two groupings.

I had been notified by a friend that there was massive destruction going on.

I drove by and saw the destruction from the street.

I went back, got a sign, leaflets and camera.

2. First Visit.

a. Damage.

The first visit started at 2 to 3 pm. There was still construction equipment at the Destroyed Nesting Area. I could not see the Charles River White Geese.

All of the land and vegetation, including trees, abutting the BU Bridge had been destroyed.

The land abutting the on ramp was destroyed almost up to the bottom of the hill and up to the stair case illegally installed by BU and the DCR in 1999. A very limited amount of ground vegetation was not destroyed nearest the illegal staircase on the eastern end.

Construction zone signs prohibited entrance from the ramp and BU Bridge entrance.

I took a lot of photographs.

b. Very miserable Charles River White Geese.

After awhile, my eyes adjusted to the difference in light, and I saw the gaggle huddled under the trees between the illegal staircase on the eastern end and the railroad tracks.

Eventually, the construction vehicles were removed, and I walked down the illegal staircase on the eastern end.

When they saw me, they came out of their funk, and walked toward what little vegetation had not been destroyed.

They walked into the core area where they have spent most of their lives since heartless pols and bureaucrats started starving them.

After awhile, a line of geese walked into the new wasteland on the north side and walked up to the hillside. This new wasteland held a lot of nests in the past. They then turned around and returned to their undestroyed corner, or rather to the corner which was not destroyed yesterday. The DCR has spent years destroying the vegetation in the southeast corner.

That area is now barred to the public by two construction zone signs.

c. Response from passers by.

Disgust, contempt for the vile state and city environmental destroyers.

One or more passers by shared with their experiences calling Cambridge City Councilors. Evaluation: Clearly rotten people.

3. Second visit.

The second visit was rush hour. It was very busy. There were a lot of concerned people.

4. Summary.

The state bureaucrats have spent years saying they would do no harm to the Charles River White Geese.

Then again, they have spent years calling the hundreds of trees they are about to destroy “healthy.”

Until the Boston Globe got interested.

Hundreds of healthy trees became diseased overnight.

Flat out liars.