Saturday, August 13, 2022
Friday, April 8, 2022
"The cleanup of Boston Harbor is incomplete
Largely unknown to the public, raw sewage is still dumped into the Mystic and Charles rivers, which empty directly into the harbor."
"The cleanup of Boston Harbor is considered one of the great environmental success stories of our time — and deservedly so. It has helped transform the quality of life in the metro Boston area as residents and businesses live, work, and play near the newly cleaned up harbor and the rivers that feed into it.
But sadly, and largely unknown to the public, raw sewage is still dumped into the Mystic and Charles rivers that empty right into the harbor. Depending on the volume of rainfall and snowmelt, up to 500 million gallons of sewage mixed with storm water are discharged into the harbor via the two rivers every year.
These discharges flow from old underground pipe networks known as combined sewer systems, engineering relics that were designed to collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipe leading to a treatment plant. But during periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt, the wastewater volume can exceed the pipe’s capacity, causing a combined sewer overflow, or CSO, that dumps the polluted contents directly into the rivers."
- The Charles River Watershed Association is working on river clean up as well. Visit the Storymap "A River Interrupted" here -> https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/62917edcb76c4e10868cbb7a79638282
- The Town of Franklin (ToF) is also involved and recently passed the storm water utility fee (starting in Jan 2023) to help fund that effort and relieve pressure from the operating budget. For more about storm water visit the ToF page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/stormwater-division
|SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF|
Saturday, February 26, 2022
#ICYMI Watch the full recording from Thursday (02/24/22) night's webinar "Let the Rivers Run Free" about dam removal & recreation featuring Cameron Salvatore of the #CharlesRiverNavigationProject and Climate Resilience Specialist @RobertKearns!
https://t.co/PcVTDKKvLs or https://youtu.be/pcqWOZtgaHQ
For more about the CRWA -> https://www.crwa.org/
Friday, February 25, 2022
"So sorry that you missed our presentation last evening "How can Franklin Build Climate Resilience?". You can find a recording of the presentation on our YouTube Channel and slides on our website.Additionally I wanted to share our Climate Resilience Toolkit which is located on our website and includes different policy solutions to help increase climate resilience. "Best,Robert
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
For more about the CRWA -> https://www.crwa.org/
Thursday, January 27, 2022
FM #710 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 710 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Alan Earls, Franklin resident, local historian, and open space advocate as we recap the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Monday, Jan 24, 2022.
Links in the show notes include the BETA Report on the Meadowlands Initiative as well as many of the links for the reporting shared by Franklin Matters since 2016 as the initiative made progress.
The recording runs about 21 minutes, so let’s listen to this recap of the Charles River Meadowland Initiative audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-710-charles-river-meadowlands-recap-01-24-22
Home page for the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative -> https://www.charlesrivermeadowlands.org/
BETA Report finally received early 2020
Conservation Commission Annual Report for 2019 references
Info session series in 2019
Forum schedule for April 2019
BETA surveyed in 2018
ToF announces kickoff of study with $25K grant
Clean up & walk in 2018
Review of 2017 activities published in Dec 2017
Oct 2017 hike with 20+ folks
Charles River Meadowlands meeting scheduled for 2017
Library info session and children’s reading for Ground Hog day in 2017
Charles River Meadowlands and #Giving Tuesday
Meeting announcement mid-2016
Charles River walk Jan 2016
This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.
How can you help?
If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
If you don't like something here, please let me know
Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com
The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.
I hope you enjoy!
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|Recap: Charles River Meadowlands Initiative - 01/24/22 (audio)|
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
TY @TOFranklinMA DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi + team for tour of #GreenInfrastructure installations including rain gardens, depaving (narrowing roads) + infiltration chambers.
Cities/towns are leading! #NatureBasedSolutions #ClimateResilience #CleanCharles @massmunicipal
Photos of tour -> https://t.co/VRREClZwANShared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlesriver/status/1470793683851223052
|Charles River Watershed Association acknowledges tour of Franklin for stormwater mitigations|
Thursday, July 29, 2021
The Town of Franklin, in partnership with the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) and 14 other communities in the upper and middle Charles River watershed, is excited to announce the release of the Charles River Flood Model (CRFM). https://t.co/kv0FnrCMZuShared from Twitter:
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
During Fiscal Year 2020, the Charles River Pollution Control District’s (District) regional advanced wastewater treatment facility received and treated approximately 1,730 million gallons (4.74 million gallons per day) of raw wastewater, including 9.2 million gallons of septage from the District’s member and customer towns before discharge to the Charles River.
In late 2015, the District entered into a Power Purchase Agreement to receive net-metering credits from a solar array in Carver, Massachusetts. The array has been online since December 2015 and to-date the District has received over $350,000 in net-metering credits.
The District’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget is 1.9% lower than the previous years’ budget. The District’s FY 2021 budget for operations and maintenance is $3,743,860, while the capital projects budget is $2,217,930. Franklin’s share of the operation and maintenance and capital projects budgets are estimated to be $2,186,750 and $1,286,440, respectively.
Douglas M. Downing, Chairman (Medway)
Michael Callahan (Medway)
Elizabeth Taglieri, P.E., Executive Director
John D. Foster, Treasurer
Barbara Maffeo, Executive Secretary
|Franklin Annual Report - 2020: Charles River Pollution Control District|
Thursday, April 15, 2021
We want to thank you for your involvement in the Charles River Watershed Association's project: Building Resilience in the Charles River Watershed. After hosting our initial webinar and several smaller community meetings we are happy to announce that we have some multilingual materials available! Please help us share this survey with any groups that may not have been able to participate due to language barriers.
Building Resilience in the Charles River Watershed
The Charles River Watershed Association has created a flood monitoring tool that will show flooding scenarios in the Charles River Watershed depending on different time periods, rainfall increases, and potential green infrastructure solutions. Members of the Watershed area can use the tool to predict and implement the best ways to respond to flooding due to our changing climate.
If you would like to learn more about the project, watch the video linked below, Or refer to the attached informational flyer. Please take time to fill out this survey and share it with fellow watershed residents. Data that will be used to determine what flooding scenarios and nature-based solutions will be tested with the tool.
Closed captioning on the video, the attached document, and the survey can be found in LANGUAGES.
CC available in multiple languages
Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW)or CREW, is a 501c3 non-profit devoted to building up grassroots resilience in communities by engaging networks of local leaders through education, service, and planning. We have teamed up with the Charles River Watershed Association to help spread the word about this important project.
Thanks so much for your time,
Me llamo Anna, y soy una pasante por CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather). Estamos trabajando con CRWA (Charles River Watershed Association) en un proyecto para monitor la inundación en la Cuenca de Río Charles.
Para el proyecto, queremos respuestas e información de los residentes de la cuenca del Río Charles. Favor de tomar unos minutos para completar ESTA ENCUESTA. También, pedimos que comparta la encuesta y el volante de información con su comunidad. Su voz y opinión son muy importantes!
Gracias por su tiempo,
Esperamos que este e-mail encontre você bem. Por favor, desculpe o google tradutor. Comunidades que respondem a condições climáticas extremas ou EQUIPE. está trabalhando com a CRWA (Charles River Watershed Association) em um projeto de monitoramento de enchentes na Bacia do Rio Charles.
Para o projeto, queremos respostas e informações dos moradores da bacia do rio Charles. Reserve alguns minutos para concluir ESTA PESQUISA. Além disso, pedimos que você compartilhe a pesquisa e o folheto informativo com sua comunidade. Sua voz e opinião são muito importantes!
Obrigado pelo seu tempo,
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Building Resilience Across the Watershed
The Charles River Watershed Association has created a flood monitoring tool that shows flooding scenarios and the impacts of potential green infrastructure solutions along the Charles. This will equip watershed communities with the best information on community-specific impacts of climate change, helping to guide local investment, regulatory changes and predict the best ways to respond to flooding.
We want to hear from you!
Our second Zoom discussion will focus on the tool's relevance to the upper parts of the Watershed, including Holliston, Milford, Franklin, Ashland, Hopkinton, Sherborn, Wrentham, Foxborough, Millis, Medway, Bellingham, Norfolk, and Hopedale. Please join us and give input about your own climate-related stressors, your opinions about changing infrastructure, and your hopes for building climate resilience in your community! Share this email with your fellow residents, this is a conversation for everyone!
Wednesday, April 7th from 6:30-7:30 PM
Facebook Event Page
Watch our first webinar again here to learn more about this project
Fill this Feedback Survey if you belong to the Charles River Watershed
Building Resilience across the Watershed Offical Webpage
For further questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Community Meeting for Franklin Residents - Apr 7|
Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) or CREW, is a 501c3 non-profit devoted to building up grassroots resilience in communities by engaging networks of local leaders through education, service, and planning. CREW has teamed up with the Charles River Watershed Association to spread the word about an upcoming project on the Charles. We hope to engage watershed community members around this project so we can incorporate their voices into this project.
Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you there!
Thursday, October 1, 2020
From the Mass Municipal Assoc (MMA) we share an article of interest for Franklin:
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notified stakeholders in the Charles River watershed on Aug. 13 that the agency is evaluating whether to introduce a new permit regulating stormwater runoff from private parties into the watershed.
A letter from the EPA’s New England Region stated that the agency is considering whether “a new program is needed to control stormwater pollution from certain commercial, industrial and institutional sources in the Charles River watershed at sites that are not currently covered by any existing federal or state stormwater permit.”
With a new permit, the EPA would be operating under its “residual designation authority,” a provision under the Clean Water Act that allows the agency, under certain conditions, to require permits for stormwater discharges that are not otherwise regulated."
|Check out your impervious coverage area|
Monday, August 31, 2020
"Did you catch our August issue of the River Current? It's packed with the latest on I-90, cyanobacteria bloom news, a farewell to summer interns, and more! "
River Current = https://t.co/ClVmKXX8RV
Charles River tweet with link = https://t.co/bMCuBgeFOh
|Charles River Watershed Association|