VOTED: That Town Meeting hereby resolves as follows:
WHEREAS, the Alewife Brook in East Arlington is a valuable natural resource area for Arlington residents, but degraded by sewage contaminated discharges from the Combined Sewer Outfalls (CSO) from the MWRA, Cambridge, and Somerville; and
WHEREAS, the MWRA, Cambridge, and Somerville, are in the late stages of completing required benchmarks directed by a series of Court Orders known as the “Boston Harbor Case;” and
WHEREAS, despite meeting many benchmarks and improving water quality in the Boston Metro Area, the Somerville CSO is not yet in compliance and the Alewife Brook is not sufficiently meeting water quality standards following CSO events; and
WHEREAS, contaminated waters from the Alewife Brook can flood onto Arlington lands and houses; and
WHEREAS, the MWRA, Cambridge, and Somerville are required to submit action plans to address these concerns and renew their water quality variance with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MA DEP”) and other state and federal regulatory authorities;
THEREFORE; Town Meeting declares the Alewife Brook to be a valuable natural resource deserving of equal commitment to rehabilitate and restore to the highest water quality standards feasible for wildlife, resident abutters, and recreation; and
FURTHER, that Town Meeting also resolves to encourage and support all Town officials in engaging the MWRA, Cambridge, Somerville, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation as well as state and federal regulators, legislators, and officials to garner the actions necessary to eliminate CSO discharges into the Alewife Brook and render the Brook a safe resource to live near and beautiful water resource to enjoy for the public.