New Lilac Planted

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Jul 102017
 
New Lilac Planted

A Project of Belmont Staycation 2016 by Anne-Marie Lambert Now that the drought is officially over, Belmont Citizens Forum requested that a new lilac bush be planted on the Town Green by Wellington Station. This was the wish of the top winner of our Belmont Staycation 2016 raffle, who was sad to see a dying lilac bush on her walks by the Green. We are grateful to the Board of Selectmen, who accepted the donation of a replacement bush on May 15, and to Mike Santoro’s team at the Department of Public Works, who planted the bush on June 1. [READ MORE]

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Jul 102017
 
The Future of the Incinerator Site

Athletic Fields? Police Station? Solar Farm? Bike Park? by Lucia Wille Belmont’s former trash incinerator facility occupies 25 acres on Concord Avenue, close to the Lexington town line. About two-thirds of the site was owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until May 2017, when it was conveyed to Belmont. The conveyance represents a windfall for a town often struggling with space constraints. As Belmont balances its municipal and recreational needs, the incinerator site presents a valuable opportunity for the community to either ease municipal space constraints or add to its portfolio of recreational assets, with the potential to further Belmont’s [READ MORE]

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A Cure for Belmont Traffic Congestion

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Jul 102017
 
A Cure for Belmont Traffic Congestion

Could Congestion Pricing Work Here? by Sumner Brown Nothing spoils Belmont’s small town atmosphere as much as our traffic. Residents complain it is terrible, getting worse, and they feel they can’t do anything about it. In fact, anger about traffic congestion dominated recent Planning Board meetings on Belmont Day School’s request to add a new driveway off Concord Avenue. In the future, perhaps in my lifetime, there is hope in technology-enabled solutions. Consider congestion pricing, made possible by technology such as Fast Lane. It’s working in London and other European cities. There is no fundamental reason why congestion pricing could [READ MORE]

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Fix the Stormwater System: It’s the Law

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Jul 102017
 
Fix the Stormwater System: It’s the Law

Leaks and Illegal Connections Create Pollution by Anne-Marie Lambert After months of negotiation with the EPA, on May 15 the Belmont Board of Selectmen approved and signed a 2017 EPA Administrative Order for Compliance on Consent. This enforcement action makes mandatory a negotiated plan for addressing our illegal discharge of sewage into the Mystic River watershed. It requires the town to investigate and remove all pollution within five years, a daunting task. The likely sources are leaks and illegal connections in over 50 miles of Belmont’s 76 miles of street drains, as well as in over 50 miles of lateral [READ MORE]

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Environmental Events

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Jul 102017
 

Boston Area Beekeepers Assoc. Open Hives Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22; 10 AM–Noon Learn all about how honey bees make honey, survive the winter, and much more at our onsite apiary. Free; registration required. Register online or call 617-983-8500. www.babeekeepers.org. Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan. Fresh Pond Monarch Watch July 11: Milkweed Planting in Lusitania Meadow July 16 & 18: Pod Patrol Weed-Out July 14, 20, & 28: Caterpillar checkups—come see how they are growing. August 6: Butterfly release parade. This raise-and-release project of the threatened monarch butterfly is aimed at encouraging a monarch population at Fresh [READ MORE]

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Jul 102017
 

View or download the July-August 2017 16-page issue here as a color PDF.  . Articles in this issue: The Future of the Incinerator Site A Cure for Belmont Traffic Congestion New Lilac Planted On Town Green Fix the Stormwater System; It’s The Law Environmental Events  

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Cleaning Up Belmont’s Polluted Waterways

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May 122017
 
Cleaning Up Belmont's Polluted Waterways

by Anne-Marie Lambert Water Quality update: On May 15, 2017, the Belmont Board of Selectmen approved and signed a 2017 EPA Administrative Order for Compliance on Consent  with the EPA. This Order includes EPA water sample results through March 30 2016 and makes mandatory the town’s current plan for addressing water pollution.  It also includes downstream water quality measurements from Cambridge in 2014 and 2015, and references water samples collected by the town in November 2016. Belmont has also recently posted their IDDE Plan 05-19-2017.  The Belmont Media Center link to the May 15, 2017 meeting of the Belmont Board of Selectmen includes a discussion of this [READ MORE]

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Watering Trees in a Drought

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May 122017
 
Watering Trees in a Drought

If 2017 is as Bad as 2016 . . . by Jeremy Marin We’ve just come through a very rainy April, but the summer of 2016 was one of the driest in recent memory. With global warming, the same conditions can occur again. If the summer of 2017 is dry, here’s how to take care of your trees. Just like there’s no single best tree for all yards, there’s no single best way to irrigate trees during periods of drought. The easiest and most effective options for one family will be difficult, frustrating, or impossible for others. Not all trees [READ MORE]

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Belmont Farmers’ Market Kicks Off on June 8

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May 122017
 
Belmont Farmers’ Market Kicks Off on June 8

The Belmont Farmers’ Market opens on Thursday, June 8, 2–6:30 PM, in the Belmont Center municipal parking lot, rain or shine. Now celebrating its 12th year, the Market offers a variety of organic and conventionally grown and produced food in a range of prices. Pick up fixin’s for a healthful and satisfying dinner, and make sure the visit our new neighbor, Foodie’s, to fill in the gaps. Visit www.belmontfarmersmarket.org for this season’s vendors and updates, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. The Market is close to the MBTA commuter rail station, and #74 and #75 bus stops in Belmont [READ MORE]

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