Page 2 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – Friday, March 1, 2019 781-321-7700 10% DISCOUNT WITH THIS AD! COMPLETE LINE OF QUALITY FURNITURE AT LOW PRICES *BEDROOM SETS *DINING ROOM SETS *KITCHEN SETS ASHLEY SOFA *SOFA / LOVE SEATS *TABLES & CHAIRS *COMPUTER DESKS $399.00 ASHLEY BEDROOM SETS $ LAYAWAY PLANS AVAILABLE 42 Willow St., Malden 895.95 Mayor continues push for cleaner stormwater The Malden River, as seen from The Park at River’s Edge in Medford (Advocate Photo by Christopher Roberson) By Christopher Roberson I SABATINO INSURANCE AGENCY Call for a Quote 617-387-7466 Or email Rocco@sabatino-ins.com We cover: * Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available n recent years, Mayor Carlo DeMaria has spearheaded a campaign to alleviate the pollutants in the storm water that flows from Everett into the Malden River and ultimately, into the Atlantic Ocean. “It does drain to the ocean, it doesn’t just disappear,” said Gregory St. Louis, executive director of Public Works & Engineering. Therefore, he said, placards have been put on the city’s storm drains stating where the water ends up. St. Louis said the placards have been a sound deterrent. “It’s one tool that’s been effective,” he said. St. Louis also said that like other cities, Everett is susceptible to the urban heat island effect. According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urban heat islands are “built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas.” St. Louis said that 80 percent of the city’s land is covered by pavement, concrete and other hardscape, which retains heat from the day. Communications Director http://www.sabatino-ins.com SABATINO 564 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 617-387-7466 Hours of Operation are: Mondays - Fridays 9am to 5pm Saturdays by appointment only Thomas Philbin described the ramifications of having 80 percent hardscape. “When you have that much surface paved, all the pollutants build up,” he said. “It’s like dumping fertilizer into our rivers and streams.” As required by the EPA’s Municipal Storm Water Program, the campaign has targeted flood prone areas, such as Tremont Street, Air Force Road, Elton Street and the North/South Creek. The campaign is funded through a state grant from the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program. Philbin said the campaign has called for rain gardens and swales to be put in at Day Park and along Appleton Street. He also said a new rain garden will be installed this spring as a student art project. Looking ahead, St. Louis said an eight-foot by two-foot culvert will be installed in the North/South Creek. He also said there are plans for a dredging project and to remove the phragmites that have overtaken the banks of the creek. In addition, St. Louis said a new tide gate will be installed on the lower section of Broadway and repairs will be made to the 100-year-old tide gate on Spring Street. He said the city has also been working with officials in Chelsea to construct a berm along the Island End River. “It’s a work in progress,” said St. Louis. Philbin said DeMaria’s ultimate goal is to make the Malden River safe for kayaking, canoeing and even a recreational crew team. “The main goal of the mayor is to open up the waterfront,” he said. Patrick Herron, executive director of the Mystic River Watershed Association, said Everett has “rediscovered its waterfront.” “Significant credit should go to Mayor DeMaria who has focused the attention of his administration on both the Malden River and the Mystic River,” he said. “We’ve been partnering with the City of Everett on getting the message out on clean water and opportunities to reduce the pollutants going into local waterways.” Herron also said the association has been working with city officials to design sustainable infrastructure to assuage stormwater runoff. STARTING AT

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