Thursday, May 30 at 7-8:30pm. Newton Education Center, Room 304, (100 Walnut Street, Newton) and Online.

Join Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) and the City of Newton for our Cheesecake Brook community update meeting. We’ll present updates on greening projects along the Cheesecake Brook and a progress report on restoration planning. Share your opinion on what you’d like to see in the restoration of Cheesecake Brook. The meeting is in-person and virtual.

An urbanized stream and tributary of the Charles River in Newton, the once meandering Cheesecake Brook and its surrounding wetlands were filled, straightened, and channelized in the 1800s and 1900s. Today, the tributary flows through a narrow stone and concrete channel and suffers from poor water quality, poor habitat for aquatic species, and major problems with stormwater flooding.

In 2020, the CRWA worked with the community to create a vision plan for a restored Cheesecake Brook. Interventions identified include bank restoration, stream sinuosity, bioretention areas, outfall stabilization, a dry swale, and a rock vane. These measures would reduce flooding, improve water quality, control erosion, improve habitat, and serve as a recreational and educational resource for the community. Read more about Cheesecake Brook.