City Council opposition to any pathway or other intrusion which might be developed through the woods, marshes, or Bordering Land Subject to Flooding (BLSF) or other natural resource habitat to create a pedestrian trail to the Alewife T stop from areas west and north of Little River and to any other development which could in any way impact the 100-year flood plain which is predicted to experience such flooding every 30 years, and wetlands, BLSF, or bordering vegetated wetlands (BVW), associated with the Alewife Reservation.
|Department:||City Clerk's Office, CK||Sponsors:||Councillor Craig A. Kelley, Councillor Jan Devereux|
CHARTER RIGHT EXERCISED BY COUNCILLOR KELLEY ON OCTOBER 17, 2016.
The City of Cambridge contains a 115 acre rare climate adaptation center and urban wild state park along the Upper Alewife Basin in northwest Cambridge owned by DCR, called Alewife Reservation on the Mystic River watershed, with ponds, streams and a river and surrounding wetlands, meadows, scrub-shrub and tree groves along linear protected floodplain strips of biodiversity, including an endangered species registered with the state, for one linear mile to Belmont's Little Pond; and
These resources of over 90 bird and 20 mammal species benefit Cambridge and the region, and are well stewarded by Friends of Alewife Reservation; and
Alewife area was evaluated by the 2014 city Vulnerability Assessment Climate Study presented at MIT showing Alewife as the city's most vulnerable climate flood zone; and
Governor Baker issued a climate bill to the Legislature http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/executive-order-climate-change-strategy.pdf which includes state-wide adaptation strategies for citizen protection during high waters, and conserve natural resources that build wetland/woodland resilience to impacts of climate change; and
Expanding footpaths could threaten the city's rare and diverse plants, animal, bird, fish and insect habitat, and functioning of these wetlands; now therefore be it
That the Cambridge City Council go on record as being opposed to any new walkway or sidewalk which might be developed by local property owners through any of the woodlands, marshes, or bordering land subject to flooding (BLSF) or bordering vegetated wetland (BVW) covered by the wetlands protection act ; or any building of a walkway through the natural resource habitat to create a pedestrian trail to the Alewife T stop from areas west and north of Little River; and be it further
That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to send a copy of this Resolution to the Cambridge Conservation Commission and the Belmont Conservation Commission for consideration in any development permitting proceedings under the Wetlands Protection Act regarding the Alewife Reservation or nearby lands that might come before that Commission.
|RESULT:||CHARTER RIGHT||Next: 10/31/2016 5:30 PM|
|RESULT:||ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED|