Boston City Council
Gary W. Dotterman
Embargoed until 2:00 pm, June 3, 1986
STEP FOUR: BOSTON'S WATER TABLE
On Tuesday, June 3, 1986, 2:00 pm, in the City Council Chambers City
Councillor David Scondras will file an ordinance to establish the
Boston Ground Water Trust. A press conference will be held at this
Councillor Scondras will be joined by John Larkin Thompson of the
Coordinating Committee, Robert Beal, Rosalind Gorin, George Macomber
of the Four Seasons Hotel and a representative of Trinity Church.
The Four Seasons Hotel will be making a leadership pledge of $35,000
to the Trust which will fund the drilling of necessary observation
wells to monitor water table levels.
Falling ground water levels, brought to public attention in the summer
of 1985, have caused extensive damage to wood piling foundations in
Beacon Hill and may threaten buildings in the Back Bay and Fenway
sections of Boston.
Highlights of the legislation are:
1. Purpose: to set up a trust whereby tax deductible contributions
can be collected and administered for the purpose of reactivating
existing wells and driving new ones so that the ground water levels
can be monitored by the Inspectional Services Department. A second
purpose is to analyze the data from the monitoring, conduct studies
and make recommendations on short term and long term solutions to
2. Board of Trustees: The Board, which oversees the administration
of the Trust, will consist of nine members: three city officials;
three representatives from the real estate industry, and three
representatives from neighborhood organizations.
Copies of the legislation are enclosed.
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