Fresh Pond Reservation Drainage and Habitat Improvements Project, Contract 2
The Fresh Pond Reservation Drainage and Habitat Improvements Contract 2 project will focus on the southern watershed of Little Fresh Pond. Enhancements to the golf course, Perimeter Road, and woodlands will complement the proceeding Little Fresh Pond Shoreline Restoration and Drainage Improvement Project completed during summer 2007.
The City of Cambridge Water, Public Works, and Recreation Departments have collaborated on the project, which was identified by the Fresh Pond Reservation Master Plan as a very high/high priority. MWH Americas, Inc. and The Bioengineering Group, Inc. provided design and engineering services for the project. Funding has been provided in part through the Open Space Community Preservation Act (CPA). A construction contract has been awarded to P. Caliacco Corporation.
There are two drainage tributaries to the south of Little Fresh Pond; one consists of a series of small ponds linked by a small swale and an existing pipe to Little Fresh Pond, and the other is Stream C, bordered by the golf course to the west and a wooded area to the east. Both of these sources of water flow into Little Fresh Pond, impacting the water quality and natural habitats. By enhancing the hydrology and ecology of this southern watershed, water quality will be improved, thus fulfilling three major goals of the Fresh Pond Reservation Master Plan.
In addition a large storm drain runs through the Golf Course collecting stormwater runoff from Belmont and portions of Cambridge before it discharges into the Wellington Brook. During heavy rain events this pipe spills onto the golf course causing flooding and impacting water quality in Little Fresh Pond. Repairs will be made to the pipe joints and an area will be created to allow for contained and controlled spillover from the pipe in the wooded area adjacent to Huron Avenue.
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Start Date: Fall, 2008
Date of Completion: June 1st, 2009
During certain portions of the project, access to the golf course via the steep pathway next to the clubhouse will be prohibited. Signage will be in place prior to the pathway closure in order to inform the public when such closure will be necessary.
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Contact Chip Norton, Watershed Manager, at 617-349-4781, or email email@example.com
Catherine Woodbury, DPW Project Manager, at 617-349-4818, or email firstname.lastname@example.org