Cambridge
MA

Policy Order
POR 2016 #270
ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Oct 31, 2016 5:30 PM

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.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, CKSponsors:Councillor Craig A. Kelley, Councillor Jan Devereux
Category:Policy Order

Attachments

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  2. original order

Item Discussion

CHARTER RIGHT EXERCISED BY COUNCILLOR KELLEY ON OCTOBER 17, 2016.

Body

WHEREAS:

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

 

 

WHEREAS:

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

 

 

WHEREAS:

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 

 

 

WHEREAS:

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

 

 

WHEREAS:

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

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the Cambridge City Council go on record as being opposed to any new walkway orĀ  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

 

 

RESOLVED:

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.

 

Meeting History

Oct 17, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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CHARTER RIGHT EXERCISED BY COUNCILLOR KELLEY

RESULT:CHARTER RIGHTNext: 10/31/2016 5:30 PM
Oct 31, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED






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