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Flooded backyard in Winn Brook Neighborhood

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The Trouble with Municipal Stormwater in Belmont: Challenges and What Everyone Can Do to Help

“According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Belmont’s municipal stormwater system has been in “significant violation” of the Clean Water Act for the last three years, based on bacteria levels recorded at storm-drain outfalls. Belmont is currently the only municipality in Greater Boston under such a warning.” Boston Globe, 8/16/2015

What can we all do to learn more about stormwater issues in our town, and what we can all do to help? The Belmont Citizens Forum is holding a free, public, educational forum on stormwater called Water Trouble: A Neighbor-to-Neighbor Dialogue about Storms, Floods, and Water Quality, on Thursday, September 10, 7-9 pm, at Winn Brook School, 97 Waterhouse Road, Belmont, with these goals in mind. Registration starts at 6:45 pm.

We are joining with our Arlington and Watertown neighbors to have a conversation about stormwater and how it affects our towns. Our panel of experts will discuss stormwater projects and issues relevant to all three towns, as well as green infrastructure, water quality and rivers, and infiltration strategies for urban soils.

Our expert panelists are:

Wayne Chouinard
, Town Engineer, Town of Arlington

Ralph Jones, PhD, Town of Belmont former selectman, managing director, Cadmus Group

Matt Shuman, Town Engineer, Town of Watertown

Patrick Herron, Deputy Director, Mystic River Watershed Association

John Swallow, Principal and founder, Pine & Swallow Environmental

Julie Dyer Wood, Director of Projects, Charles River Watershed Association

Anne-Marie Lambert, BCF director and cofounder of the Belmont Stormwater Working Group, will facilitate the discussion.

Thanks To Our Corporate Sponsors and Community Cosponsors

We’d like to thank our Corporate Sponsors for supporting this event:

Water Trouble 2015 Logos

Our community cosponsors include:

Arlington Land Trust, Arlington Tree Committee, Belmont Stormwater Working Group, Coalition to Save the Mugar Wetlands, Friends of Spy Pond Park, Mystic River Watershed Association, Sustainable Arlington, Sustainable Belmont, Sustainable Watertown, Trees for Watertown, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment. Some of these organizations will have educational tables at the Stormwater Forum.

Our Purpose

The Belmont Citizens Forum is a community organization that strives to maintain the small-town atmosphere of Belmont, Massachusetts, by preserving its natural and historical resources, limiting traffic growth, and enhancing pedestrian safety. We accomplish this goal by keeping residents informed about planning and zoning issues, by participating actively in public hearings, and by organizing forums on key subjects.
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Photos © Susan Jones and © Anne S. Katzeff .

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