Thursday, August 19, 2010

Charles River environmental money used for a school garden?

Bob La Trémouille reports.

1. Introduction.
2. Email from Minka vanBeuzekom.
3. My response.

1. Introduction.

The last things one should expect from somebody involved in the Cambridge Machine are environmental comments which resemble common seanse or reality.

It gets worse in Cambridge because the Boston Sierra Club has a number of people very visible in it who sure do look like very visible parts of the Cambridge Machine. Many of these individuals have been very active in zoning petitions which did destruction of zoning protections for the environment while loudly proclaiming exactly the opposite.

It thus comes as no surprise that the Boston Sierra Club has repeatedly endorsed environmentally destructive members of the Cambridge City Council and that non-incumbents endorsed certainly look like they fit the environmentally destructive incumbents.

An email concerning the Charles River has been distributed over the name of a person endorsed by the Sierra Club in the last election. The endorsement made her suspect from my point of view and her subsequent aura confirmed my suspicions.

I have start checking the reality on this nonsense, but the fact of these communications are instructive as to reality in the City of Cambridge.

Please just study what she has put on the record and what I have attempted to put on the record in an attempt to respond.

Looking at the source, I would say it is probably true that the candidate sent out this document.

2. Email from Minka vanBeuzekom.

Remember the 2,500 gallon diesel spill in February of this year in the Charles River ? It occurred at MWRA’s Cottage Farm Facility ( 660 Memorial Drive ) in Cambridge . In June, MWRA was fined $30,187 by the Mass DEP for failing to follow procedure, failing to notify the DEP in a timely way and discharging a pollutant into water body without a permit.

The fine has been converted to a SEP (Supplemental Environmental Project) involving funding a rain garden at the Morse School to mitigate stormwater runoff from the school parking lot. I’d be curious to know if anyone hears more about this rain garden planning and construction. Thanks.

Minka vanBeuzekom

3. My response.

Use of that money would make a lot more sense neutralizing Cambridge and the DCR's deliberate environmental destruction on the Charles. The MWRA was victimized by an irresponsible delivery company. Cambridge and the DCR are deliberately destroying.

Replace the poisons being dumped to keep sickly introduced grass alive with seeds for the grass that was there for most of a century.

Chop down the bizarre introduced vegetation walling off Magazine Beach from the Charles and starving the 30 year native Charles River White Geese.

Undo the massive destruction of ground vegetation between the BU Bridge and the BU Boathouse.

Fill in the drainage ditches to carry away poisons that should not be dumped next to the Charles in the first place to get Magazine Beach's playing fields back to the size they were until Cambridge and the state destroyed the fields and the environment.

Allow the 30 year native Charles River White Geese to return to their home at Magazine Beach.