The kickoff to the Muddy River renovation project has me concerned about local wildlife populations (“Flood-prone Muddy River to get an overhaul,” Metro, Oct. 11). As an assistant professor of biology at Wheelock College studying local plants and animals for the past six years, I know how valuable this river is to local residents and to the diverse populations of animals that inhabit this area.
My students and I documented more than 60 species of vertebrates in our study site alone, which extends from the Longwood Avenue bridge to the culvert by the Landmark Center. The project, if it proceeds as planned, will have devastating effects on local wildlife species, including muskrats, little brown bats, turtles, and birds. The impact on local wildlife has not been properly assessed by a wetland biologist, and there is currently no wetland biologist advising on the project.