, By Karen Buck Photos by Anne D’Urso Rose and Kelsey Menon On the eve of the 2018 Autumnal Equinox during the mystical moment of twilight, two launch boats from the Gentle Giants Rowing Club (GGRC), towed 10 canoes from the Blessing of the Bay up the Malden River. Aboard were Pastor Edwin Menon of Highrock […]
Mother Nature is calling. Will you help her out? Do your part for biodiversity by participating in the second City Nature Challenge, a global contest for cities to compete for the highest number of natural observations within their regions. This Sunday, April 28, the Friends of the Malden River and the National Park Service of […]
The Friends of the Malden River wrote this letter to the editors (ltte) of local papers to bring insight to National Grid’s refusal to have a community advocacy group participate in a motion. National Grid is appealing the Massachusett’s DEP’s decision upholding NGrid’s Chapter 91 public responsibility for their 1100 plus feet of river bank frontage. This is an important link for the Malden River Greenway and the Mystic River Greenway.
Chapter 91 is a Massachusetts General Law upholding the public’s right of access to tidal water bodies. This includes all historical tidal properties. Formerly tidal, the Malden River is subject to the public access rights of the state’s Public Waterfront Act. Many
riverfront properties are not in compliance, including National Grid’s
From the LTTE: “In a decision promulgated by the Department of Environment Protect this fall, National Grid was instructed to fully comply with the requirements of Chapter 91. DEP required that National Grid build and maintain a 10-foot wide half-mile waterfront path along its property situated in Malden and Everett. National Grid was required to submit a plan within one year and complete the building of the path within two years. The DEP decision had been a rebuke to National Grid’s proposal in 2016 to build a 100-foot path and bench on the north side of its Malden/Everett location with the remaining 2,000-plus feet of riverfront blocked off to the public.”
National Grid’s decision to appeal these requirements is being countered by the Conservation Law foundation and legal counsel from the cities of Malden, Medford and Everett. The denial of a seat at the table for Friends, resulting from National Grid’s challenge, demonstrates their lack of corporate and social responsibility. The decision sends a chilling message to those working to better one of our area’s most valuable resources. Those most concerned and affected by the degradation and unmitigated pollution of Malden River are not being allowed to voice the concerns and vision of a restored and improved Malden River.
The Friends of the Malden River are outraged at this decision. We seek only to have quality access for area residents to the banks of the river as required under law. Our community deserves this. We expect better examples of good corporate citizenship than the one recently on display by National Grid. Help us reach our goals by joining the Friends of the Malden River and voice your support by emailing FriendsoftheMaldenRiver@gmail.com. Visit and “like” our Facebook page at Friends of the Malden River.”
This is the Malden Wicked Local site for the letter
Meeting dates are every second Monday of each month (6:30-8:00PM):
May 13th (Monday) starting at 6:30 until 8:00 PM
June 10th (Monday) starting at 6:30 until 8:00PM
We will be meeting at the Cambridge Health Alliance on 195 Canal Street, Malden in the Community Room (first floor to the left of the main lobby).
There is plenty of parking. Cambridge Health Alliance is right across the street from the Northern Strand Trail
Here is an article recapitulating the comments: September 2nd issue of the Malden Advocate
Press Release of August 30, 2016:
MALDEN, Mass. – Friends of the Malden River (FoMR), a local advocacy group, is asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to require a Malden property owner to greatly improve its plans for a river path along the Malden River. Together with the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), the Friends of the Malden contend that Combined Properties’ plan to redevelop 295 Canal Street fail to meet regulatory requirements designed to promote active use of the Malden River shoreline.
In addition, the group is asking the state to require that an adjoining property, also owned by Combined Properties, be held to the same current regulations. The group bases its position on a Colonial Ordinance first enacted in 1641 and codified as a state statute in 1869, now known as Chapter 91.
In addition, the Friends argue that, because of anticipated use of the path, the increasedon-site parking of over 140 spaces, and the nearby busy intersection, a traffic study should be required to determine appropriate mitigation to ensure the safety of pedestrian, bike and physically challenged users.
Combined Properties, a regional real estate firm, plans to demolish the existing one-story building at 295 Canal Street and replace it with a five-story commercial enterprise. Chapter 91—the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act—requires public access along a quality riverfront path. Both MyRWA and FoMR seek to have the owner provide a 12-foot minimum right-of- way for accessibility, including benches, lighting, trash receptacles, signage, and landscaping.
The two organizations believe that, with a bit more thought and planning done incollaboration with MyRWA and FoMR, the Combined Properties project can be an excellent neighbor in a neighborhood thirsting to reconnect with its own river.
Friends of the Malden River is a grassroots group of community members—most of them residents of one of the three cities (Everett, Malden, and Medford) that ring the visible Malden River—who are deeply concerned about the ecological and recreational health of the river. FoMR’s mission is “to promote awareness of and interest in the Malden River, improve its water quality, and increase access for public enjoyment.”
Formed in 2012, the group is strongly committed to restoring the Malden River to, and preserving it as, a priceless community amenity and natural resource. For more information about the Friends, visit https://maldenriver.wordpress.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mystic River Watershed Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1972 by a group of concerned community residents. MyRWA’s mission is to (i) protect the Mystic River Watershed, (ii) restore and maintain clean water and the natural environment in a healthy state in the Mystic basin’s 22 communities, and (iii) promote responsible stewardship of our natural resources through educational initiatives in the watershed. MyRWA accomplishes its mission by forging strong links with citizens’ groups, universities, businesses, and government agencies.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation presented their ideas for long awaited improvements for the MacDonald park that borders the Mystic River in Medford. This is the largest green space along the Mystic River that spans from the intersection of Routes 28 and Routes 16 beyond the Meadow Glen Mall. You can see the green space wrapping around the river west of the Malden River.
The Mystic River Watershed Association collected public comments through a survey and presented them to the DCR in letter form. The Friends of the Malden River also commented upon their vision for the park via a letter to the DCR.
Both letters are linked below. Please feel free to comment via our facebook page: Friends of the Malden River. Thank you for participating. We will keep the public informed of this important piece of the Mystic River Greenways!
Let’s bring new life to the established rain garden at the Everett tail end of the Northern Strand Trail. This rain garden diverts storm water runoff from our Mystic River. We will learn the importance of rain gardens from Clay Larson who first helped to establish this garden through a grant provided by Mystic River Watershed Association. Clay spoke at our last meeting about rain gardens. Now we can get dirty!
The Friends of the Malden River will be maintaining this garden as part of our community efforts to protect our watershed through public education and involvement. We will glean as a group the actual and the potential benefits of rain gardens.
We are accepting donations of native and hardy plants to enrich this garden. You may bring your plant to share! Tools will be provided. Wear long sleeves and long pants and other protective clothing (gloves, hats, boots) for more adventurous cleanup, if you like!
Looking forward to seeing you there. Please contact us at email@example.com for any questions or concerns. You can visit our facebook page for updates: Friends of the Malden River