Nov. 4, 2006
Dear Green Decade Board,
On November 2, 2006, an Allerton Road resident whose yard runs up to the MBTA fence line called to to tell us about the recent clear cutting and herbicide application of the MBTA tracks and slopes. It was obvious from the devastation left behind on the right-of-way slopes in Newton Highlands and near Crystal Lake and beyond, that the vegetation control is not done in a scientific, horticultural, or public health-sensitive manner.
The resident, whose yard includes a compost pile and organic garden, was not notified of the spraying although, in the early 1990s, the Health Department had promised to alert her when the MBTA was going to use herbicides and her name was still on record.
She spent hours talking to MBTA officials, TEC Associates (who authored the MBTA Vegetation Management Plan), and Newton officials David Naparstek, David Cohen, and Martha Horn (without any referral by them to GreenCAP people who have been concerned about MBTA pesticide use and have met with Mayor Cohen and others in the past in repeated attempts to influence MBTA practices.)