GROUNDWATER TRUST (BGwT)
meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Groundwater Trust held its meeting
in Boston City Hall Room #603. The Executive Director posted a meeting notice
at City Hall in accordance with provision of the Commonwealths Open Meeting
Law. Mr. Mitchell called the meeting to order at 4:09 pm. The following trustees
were present, and the Chairman declared that there was a quorum:
Tim Mitchell, Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay
Galen Gilbert, Fenway Community Development Corporation (CDC)
Peter Sherin, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Molly Sherden, Beacon Hill Civic Association
Peter Shilland, Ellis Neighborhood Association
Jim Hunt, Mayors Office
Nancy Grilk, Mayors Office
Onuoha, Mayors Office
Elliott Laffer, BGwT Executive
Director; Christian Simonelli, BGwT Technical Coordinator; Paul Nelson, Resident
100 Fulton Street in the North End
- Adoption of the
minutes of the July 29, 2010 Meeting
were previously distributed to board members for review. Discussion followed.
Hunt, Trustee, moved to adopt the minutes. Ms. Sherden, Trustee, seconded
To accept the minutes of the July 29, 2010 meeting.
Sherden reviewed the BGwT Financial Report and Reconciliation Detail.
Ms. Sherden reviewed the interest rates and maturation dates for all CDs.
Sherden noted that the BGwT purchased a new computer and copier because the
old ones had failed. Total cost was around $1,500. Discussion followed.
Gilbert, Trustee, inquired if the BGwT has a credit card. Mr. Laffer noted
that the BGwT does not. Mr. Gilbert asked if the BGwT should obtain a credit
card. Discussion followed.
reviewed the meeting he, Mr. Simonelli, and the BGwT Technical Advisory Committee
attended. He noted that a draft report was distributed, and that it was reviewed
by all who attended the meeting. Refer to Mr. Laffers Executive Directors
Report: September 16, 2010 [linked here] for additional details. Mr. Laffer noted that
the report, based on a statistical study of all of the observation wells and
recharge locations in the Back Bay, showed that the recharge was having a
statistically significant positive impact on area groundwater levels. The researchers
have developed a model that can predict the impact of one or more recharge
locations on any given observation well location in the Back Bay based on
size of the recharge and distance from the observation well. While the model
would vary somewhat in other neighborhoods because of variations in the composition
of the fill, the general findings are transferable. Discussion followed.
Shilland, Trustee, also commented on the positives of the model. He noted
that evapotranspiration has been added to the model to account for trees;
most notably the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Discussion followed.
Gilbert requested the BGwT obtain costs for the amount of money people spend
on complying with GCOD where applicable. Discussion followed.
Gilbert requested that the BGwT issue a press release once the final report
is received. Mr. Laffer noted that he will do that.
on Hot Spots
Simonelli presented his analysis of 11 various deemed hot spots throughout
Simonelli focused on annual average groundwater levels vs. annual rainfall
for the OWs in a particular hot spot. He discussed changes that had
occurred in the hot spot areas that could account for variations in groundwater
levels that differ from those observed over the system as a whole. Discussion
Executive Director Mr. Elliott Laffer distributed his report. Discussion followed.
Refer to the attached [linked here] Executive Directors Report: September 16, 2010
for a complete list of all activities.
Coordinator Mr. Christian Simonelli presented his activities since last meeting.
Discussion followed. Refer to the attached [linked here] Technical & Recharge Coordinators
Well Monitoring Update BGwT Meeting: September
16, 2010 for a complete list of all activities.
Laffer noted that he met with the new Commissioner of Public Works and
her key staff. He noted that it was an excellent meeting that included
discussion of how to get more recharge through the DPW controlled sidewalk
system. In addition, the BGwT well network will be put into the DPWs
database of infrastructure. This will ensure protection of the wells in
the network when work is being done in public sidewalks. Discussion followed.
Hunt suggested that Professor Vogel and Brian Thomas of Tufts present
their results of the Research Project at the next BGwT meeting. Mr. Laffer
will check with them for their availability.
adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
November 18, 2010 @ 4:00 pm at the Lenox Hotel.
by Christian Simonelli,
BGwT Technical Coordinator, on 9/17/10.