Monthly Archives: August 2012

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A Cleaner Charles River Coming

Efforts to clean up the Charles will be accelerated under a new settlement.
A renewed commitment to cleaning up the Charles River will preserve our community’s natural beauty for generations to come.

The Boston Water and Sewage Commission has reached an important agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Conversvation Law Foundation. As the Boston Globe reported earlier this week, the settlement represents the next step in the ongoing effort to clean up the Charles River and Boston Harbor.

Under the settlement, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission must locate the sources of pollution running into the Charles and clean them up on an aggressive schedule. The settlement also provides for “green makeovers” for three Boston neighborhoods along with a renewed attack on illegal sewer connections, which mix waste water with storm runoff. Some of the illegal connections are decades old and in poor condition, and the Boston Water and Sewage Commission has already identified at least 25 trouble spots to remove and replace.

I am thrilled that the Boston Water and Sewage Commission has renewed its commitment to cleaning up the Charles, and I’m proud of the way community groups such as the Charles River Watershed Association worked with the government to fix this problem in a smart way. A cleaner Charles River means a healthier, more beautiful community for all of us, and I will work with our neighbors and the Boston Water and Sewage Commission to complete this phase of the Charles River cleanup as smoothly and swiftly as possible.

Spring Street and Lopez Ave Paving this Friday

The City of Cambridge will be paving Spring St and Lopez Ave later this week. Residents may notice that work has already begun in preparation for paving on Friday. Here is a notice from Cambridge DPW about the work being done and what to expect:


Paving Scheduled for Friday, August 31

The City’s contractor, DeFelice Corp., will pave Spring St (from First St to Fulkerson St) and Lopez Ave on Friday, August 31(weather permitting). Work hours for the paving operation are 7 AM to 5 PM. During paving, Spring St and Lopez Ave will be closed to vehicle traffic.

What to Expect During Paving:

  • There cannot be any cars parked on the street during this work. Please be sure to check “No Parking” signs to avoid being ticketed and towed.
  • Vehicle access in and out of driveways will be restricted during paving. Please plan vehicle trips accordingly.
  • During the paving operations, impacted residents can park at the City’s First Street parking garage. Parking is free, if you have a Cambridge resident parking permit and exit the garage by Saturday evening.
  • Signage and police details will be in place to assist neighbors, but drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
  • Paving is weather dependent, and may be rescheduled due to rain.

If you have any questions regarding paving, please contact Katherine Watkins, Supervising Engineer at 617.349.4751/ or Rebecca Fuentes, Assistant Commissioner at 617.349.6948/ . If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for any special accommodations that will be necessary.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience you may experience, and thank you for your continued patience. We hope you enjoy these improvements once they are completed.


Katherine Watkins, P.E.
Supervising Engineer
Cambridge Department of Public Works