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