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 August 9, 2006 - WREN begins Catch Basin Markers project at Horn Pond
Group shot of some of the volunteers.
Installing catch basin Markers at Horn Pond

Come and help us install catch basin markers around Horn Pond. The markers will raise stormwater pollution awareness!

Members of WREN and the City DPW will place markers on catch basins that drain to Horn Pond. The "Don't Pollute" markers will help warn residents to avoid dumping pollutants into the catch basins which ultimately flow into the city's streams and ponds. Be the city's first defense against pollution!

Join us for 1-2 hours on August 9, 2006 at 6:00 pm at the Clapp School parking lot on Arlington Rd. For more information, send an email to Fel Medeiros at WRENmail@yahoo.com.

Similar educational projects have already been started by these local groups:

Check back at the WREN website, and we'll soon be posting more information about how pollutants from our homes, yards, pets and streets can travel via catch basins into Horn Pond, affecting water quality and endangering the fish and other creatures which live there.

We'll also list many simple ways that you can prevent pollutants from reaching Horn Pond. In the meantime, you can learn more at these websites:

 Decorating the City with a Reminder: "Don't Pollute" Our Waterways
Wednesday, August 2, 2006:

A group of WREN volunteers found out that it really is as easy as 1-2-3 to place "Don't Pollute" markers next to the city's catch basins. Eric Johnson of CDM demonstrated the process, and within minutes the group had placed the city's first three markers, along Arlington Street. (It would have been quicker, but WREN folks are such a sociable group!).

Join us next week, as we place markers along several of the streets around Horn Pond. Eric and others will be there to coordinate the project. Volunteers will work in groups of two, and each group will be given a map showing the exact locations of the catch basins along one street or block. We'll be meeting Wednesday, August 9, at 6:00 p.m., at the Clapp Elementary School parking lot. We'll have cool drinks on hand, so all you need to bring is yourself.

 Middlesex Canal Towpath Restoration Project

The Middlesex Canal Towpath in North Woburn runs from Alfred Street to School Street (over a quarter of a mile), and over the past few years our groups have been carefully working on restoring the path back to its historic appearance by cutting away the volunteer trees and growth that threatened to change the topography of the area. This will be our third year cutting and picking up debris.

The Towpath, Canal, Baldwin Mansion and 1790 House are all within Woburn's first Historic District. Plans are underway to replicate some of the gardens, bridges, and features which may have existed on the Baldwin Family's grounds in the late 1700's and early to late 1800's. The initial engineering report stage is currently under way and the site will include a paved bicycle path on the old railroad bed and interpretive signs along the length of the canal which will talk about various topics of the canal's operations. Please join us!

Date: April 29, 2006
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Rear parking lot of the Baldwin Mansion (Sichuan Garden), Alfred Street, North Woburn.

Directions: Take Route 128 to exit 35. Take Main Street NORTH and take the first right onto Alfred Street. Turn into the driveway on your left and proceed to the rear of the property.

Photo above right: The Middlesex Canal and towpath in North Woburn as they appeared in 1987, with the Baldwin Mansion on the right.
Above left - The Baldwin Mansion as it appears today.
(Photos courtesy of Gerry Kehoe.)

This project is sponsored by:

  • Woburn Residents' Environmental Network (WREN),
  • Social Capital Incorporated (SCI),
  • Woburn Historical Commission, and
  • John Ciriello - Ward 6 Alderman.

For more information, contact: John Ciriello, (781) 376-9511 or Ward6Alderman@aol.com.

The Kiwanis Park area as it may appear after replication of period gardens.
 Join Us Saturday Mornings From 9 to 11am - Just Another Horn Pond Walk
Join our weekly walks around Horn Pond! Meet WREN members Rod Flynn, Lisa Weiss and others every Saturday morning. We start off at 9:10am from Ice House Park on Sturgis St. at the Water Street end.

If you would like to join us for a walk, learn about or get involved in some of the events we have planned for 2005 or have some ideas about improving Woburn's Conservation areas, please send an email to:

Fel Medeiros: FSMedeiros@aol.com

Rodney Flynn: rodneyflynn@yahoo.com

Lisa Weiss: lweiss@alum.mit.edu