The first update is regarding the rebuild of the Northeast Metro Tech school. A group of the Friends of the Malden River (FoMR) is actively advocating for the NEMT Forest while supporting the new Voke. There is an opportunity to contribute public comment to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) that was not available before due to a decision not to review the environmental aspects of this project. Here is a Neighborhood View Article that shares information about the confusion of the Northeast Metro Tech School rebuild: https://neighborhoodview.org/2023/02/21/the-vote-for-the-voke-has-led-to-a-surprising-twist/
From the Friends of the Northeast Metro Tech Forest re: a new comment period time for the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA): We need your voice. Please submit your comments on the MEPA FAIL SAFE Citizen’s petition from February 8–March 3, 2023. Directions on how to post a comment: On the MEPA portal, scroll down to the bar showing Advisory Opinion. The portal link is at https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/EEA/MEPA-eMonitor/home.
A member would like to share Tufts/Tisch College of Civic Life information for the Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) Symposium (https://tufts.givepulse.com/event/356678-EPIIC-Symposium-Power-and-Prejudice-Race-and-International-Relations). The EPIIC program’s annual Symposium is a three-day event from March 9-March 11 that brings together scholars, practitioners and students from the international community to engage on topics, such as environmental racism, global health and the Black Lives Matter movement in a global context. It is in-person on the Tufts campus (https://tufts.app.box.com/s/af0vqi60t4en9spw7zuczozwlzr0wx1n).
Lastly, FoMR wants to share the video of the Living with Coyotes Public Meeting (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTM8RSNuLnM).
The Mission of the Friends of the Malden River: FoMR seeks to promote awareness of and interest in the Malden River, improve its water quality and increase access for public enjoyment. Check out the FoMR Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheMaldenRiver) and the FoMR website (websitehttps://maldenriver.wordpress.com/) for more information! Support the Massachusetts Waterways with a Massachusetts Environmental Trust license plate (https://www.mass.gov/guides/a-guide-to-purchasing-a-specialty-environmental-license-plate).