Three groups will be cleaning the banks of the river in Watertown on April 20.
For the 14th year, groups will gather along the banks of the Charles River to clean up the riverfront as part of the Earth Day Celebration. Watertown residents have three options in town to join one of the clean up efforts, which take place Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Information about the cleanups: Watertown (north side of river), from North Street/Farwell Street, to the Arsenal Street Bridge, and Brighton (south side of river), from Watertown Square/Galen Street to Eliot Bridge Contact: Michael Buckley, Senator Brownsberger’s Office 617-722-1280 x1284 Newton, Weston, Wellesley, from Nahanton St, Newton. to Waltham line (at Auburndale Park), and Newton (south side of river) from North Street/Farwell Street to …
Town Councilor Susan Falkoff and Stormwater Advisory Committee Chair Ernesta Kraczkiewicz write about the history of the site near Arsenal Street, and the upcoming meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
If you drive north on Greenough Blvd between Arsenal Street and Cambridge, the Charles River will be on your right but to the left is “The GSA site,” a desolate area of crumbling cinder block buildings and overgrown wetlands surrounded by chain-link fence. What a mess! The GSA site was state parkland until 1920 when the Army created a disposal site there, for waste products from weapons research at the Watertown Arsenal. In 1967, the Army turned the site over to the federal General Services Administration (GSA) to prepare it for public use and transfer back to the state. The military use left contamination from both radiation and toxic chemicals. The part of the Arsenal that is now a thriving office park and arts center had resources …