Plans to Remove Trees in Watertown Square to be Discussed at Meeting

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One of the five trees slated to be removed from on top of a pipe for the City of Cambridge's water supply located in Watertown.

One of the five trees slated to be removed from on top of a pipe for the City of Cambridge’s water supply located in Watertown.

Some trees that line the Linear Path – the pedestrian way near Town Hall – are planned to be removed. Watertown officials will hold a meeting to discuss the planned tree cutting.

The trees sit on the right-of-way for pipe carrying the City of Cambridge’s water supply. The trees proposed to be removed are near Waverley Avenue as well as near Summer Street, according to an announcement about the meeting.

An earlier removal of trees in Watertown proved to be controversial, and the removals were halted temporarily. Despite being in Watertown the trees sit on land owned by Cambridge, and have requested removal to protect the pipes.

The Town of Watertown sent out the following announcement:

Informational Meeting
Additional Tree Removals by the City of Cambridge

Along the Stony Brook Conduit/Cambridge Aqueduct 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

6:30- 8:30 PM
Administration Building in the Town Council Chambers 

The City of Cambridge Water Department is planning to remove five (5) more trees along the Cambridge Aqueduct, which approximately follows the Linear Path.  The trees to be removed are near Waverley Avenue and Summer Street.

Two trees near Waverley Street and the conduit cover will be removed for excavation safety. A large Norway Maple adjacent to 144-146 Summer Street with a cavity in it will be removed. And, the owner of the rear house at 184-186 Summer Street as asked for trees to be removed, of which 2 will be taken down.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, or have questions, you can contact Steve Magoon, Director of the Department of Community Development & Planning/Assistant Town Manager/Acting Tree Warden at 617-972-6417 or at

You can also see the location and type of trees to be removed by accessing this link:

See earlier stories here:

Trees Growing Over Cambridge Water Pipe Through Town Will be Removed

Q&A: Town Councilor Talks About Removal of Trees in Town by Cambridge

Removal of Trees in Watertown by Cambridge Has Been Halted

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