The Montclair/Wollaston Bog

The Montclair/Wollaston Bog

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Montclair_Bog
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The Montclair/Wollaston Bog, which is 16 acres, is located between Sherman, Harvard, Hobart, and Belmont Streets in Quincy. The poor condition of the bog and problems associated with it, such as large mosquito populations, bad odor, and flooding, spurred a group of neighbors to form the Neighborhood Bog Association. The overall goal of the association is to achieve and maintain a healthy ecosystem in the area.

The Bog Association worked with the Norfolk County Mosquito Control to clean and widen the channels. The flow of water will also be enhanced with the assistance of a pumping station. This will help reduce the presence of stagnant mosquito-breeding pools.

Presently the Neighborhood Bog Association is working to impress upon the city the need to install the pumping station and maintain the channels from blockage, including such maintenance as the removal of downed timber and brush.

The Bog Association also asked the Neponset River Watershed Association to test the bacteria levels of the water flowing through the bog. Two tests were done by the EPA Region I laboratory on the quality of the water in the bog. Tests were done in December 2000 and October 2001; both concluded that the Fecal Coliform levels present violated Massachusetts Surface Water Quality Standard (314 CMR 4.00). It is believed that the poor quality of the surface water is due to sewerage leaking into the water drainage pipe that contributes to the bogs water supply. To remedy this potential hazard, the Neighborhood Bog Association is asking the City of Quincy to repair the leaks in the sewage system.

The Neighborhood Bog Association is also investigating the effectiveness of the storm drainage system in the neighborhood and the possible affects a lack of proper drainage could have in the area.

What is a bog?

A bog is a wetland type that accumulates acidic peat, a deposit of dead plant material.

Why are bogs important?

Bogs are recognized as a significant habitat type by a number of governmental and conservation agencies. They are challenging environments for plant life because they are low in nutrients and very acidic. Carnivorous plants have adapted to these conditions by using insects as a nutrient source. The high acidity of bogs and the absorption of water by sphagnum moss reduce the amount of water available for plants. Some bog plants, such as Leatherleaf, have waxy leaves to help retain moisture. Bogs also offer a unique environment for animals.

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Thursday 10/03 The association is hosting a neighborhood meeting concerning the opening of a wholesale raw sushi business to be located at 216 West Squantum Street, I would like to thank the committee for this and alowing myself and my neighbors to voice a compliant against this. I have sent a e-mail to City Councilor Kevin Coughlin and would like to post this e-mail on this blog. Thank you very much for this opportunity and if you would like to send me a reply my address is vzepmg0c@verizon.net. Colum Flaherty, 210 West Squantum Street. Quincy

Good morning Councilor Coughlin, I have just walked to all my neighbors homes that a butt 216 West Squantum Street. We spoke about the proposed wholesale sushi business in our neighborhood. I can tell you that along with myself, I spoke with no one that wants this business here.

The major concern was the smell especially in the Summer. The noise from the refrigerated trucks and the presence of rodents. As this same location we put up with the strange people who entered the previous Tatoo shop. This included the incident one early morning when the Police were searching inside this shop with guns drawn looking for a dangerous felon. I have been around for a long time and heard many promises from business people only to see them broken.

There is a lot of difference between retail and wholesale business operations. My wife has been in the food service industry for 30 years and myself in trucking the same. We both know that this wholesale sushi business will not fit at 216 West Squantum Street.

As you stated in your notice that this area is not zoned for this type of industry and that it should stay this way.

This is a family neighborhood. We all enjoy using our back yards. I can tell you that the smell of rotten fish will change that. Please turn this request down and direct the owner to look for a location that is not in the middle of a neighborhood. I will see you tonight. Colum Flaherty, 210 West Squantum Street, Quincy , MA. 617 471 0840

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Thursday 10/03 The association is hosting a neighborhood meeting concerning the opening of a wholesale raw sushi business to be located at 216 West Squantum Street, I would like to thank the committee for this and alowing myself and my neighbors to voice a compliant against this. I have sent a e-mail to City Councilor Kevin Coughlin and would like to post this e-mail on this blog. Thank you very much for this opportunity and if you would like to send me a reply my address is vzepmg0c@verizon.net. Colum Flaherty, 210 West Squantum Street. Quincy

Good morning Councilor Coughlin, I have just walked to all my neighbors homes that a butt 216 West Squantum Street. We spoke about the proposed wholesale sushi business in our neighborhood. I can tell you that along with myself, I spoke with no one that wants this business here.

The major concern was the smell especially in the Summer. The noise from the refrigerated trucks and the presence of rodents. As this same location we put up with the strange people who entered the previous Tatoo shop. This included the incident one early morning when the Police were searching inside this shop with guns drawn looking for a dangerous felon. I have been around for a long time and heard many promises from business people only to see them broken.

There is a lot of difference between retail and wholesale business operations. My wife has been in the food service industry for 30 years and myself in trucking the same. We both know that this wholesale sushi business will not fit at 216 West Squantum Street.

As you stated in your notice that this area is not zoned for this type of industry and that it should stay this way.

This is a family neighborhood. We all enjoy using our back yards. I can tell you that the smell of rotten fish will change that. Please turn this request down and direct the owner to look for a location that is not in the middle of a neighborhood. I will see you tonight. Colum Flaherty, 210 West Squantum Street, Quincy , MA. 617 471 0840

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