Unfortunately I have a meeting conflict elsewhere at Alewife
tonight. You listed the identified issues :
1 * Differences between FEMA Mapping vs. Corp of Engineers Maps –
2 * DCR Dam draw down practices – Patrick Johnston
3 * Development & Construction within the Alewife Floodplain –Stephen Kaiser
4 * MWRA Sewer overflows
5 * Coastal Rise of sea level, Storm surge, tidal flood surge,
climate change – Stephen Kaiser
I think item #1 and #5 can be combined, and Cambridge can be of
assistance because of their active investigation into storm surge
vulnerability from hurricanes. Cambridge has large maps, quite clear,
showing the effects of various category hurricanes.
I know that Cambridge has taken the position in the past that
development is not a topic for discussion. Alewife is both the
highest flood vulnerability area of Cambridge and a key location for
new housing development. It should be valid to discuss what is built
at Alewife, how much and how high. As a minimum, Cambridge can talk
about how it plans to protect residents and employees within the
flooded areas of Cambridge.
Items #1 and #5 should come first, and the three communities will
likely to cooperative in discussing the issues and sharing of
information. In this spirit, item #3 may come to be an acceptable
topic for all.
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