EFSB Public Comment Hearing on Eversource Substation

The state Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) will hold a public comment hearing on the proposed electric substation on the Chelsea Creek in East Boston. Following a presentation by Eversource of a proposed project change, public officials and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments . A Spanish/English and a Portuguese/English interpreter will be present.

Date: February 5, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: East Boston High School
More Information: mass.gov/files
En español: mass.gov/files

The City Talks: Environmental Extremes

Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists for a discussion inspired by themes found in “Ansel Adams in Our Time,” on exhibit now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Date: February 13, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Linde Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
More Information: mfa.org/programs

Charlestown/Lower Mystic Community Meeting

The Mystic River Watershed Association is hosting a community meeting to share feedback and initial ideas for new parks, walking and biking paths, and opportunities for better access to the waterfront. Enjoy free pizza and good conversation at this kid-friendly event! RSVP encouraged but not required.

Date: January 30, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Location: Harvard-Kent Elementary School
More Information: mysticriver.org/calendar

Charlestown looks at bringing new life to an old navy yard

The South Boston Waterfront may hog the limelight these days. But city officials are turning their attention to Charlestown’s historic Navy Yard, where nearly 2,000 people live. The Boston Planning & Development Agency recently put out a request for proposals to “activate,” in planner-speak, the waterfront area and is accepting input on the private sector responses until Jan. 1.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Charlestown Navy Yard ‘activation’ proposals include observation wheel

Six firms have proposed ideas for furthering what the Boston Planning and Development Agency calls an “activation” of the Charlestown Navy Yard.

→Source: Curbed Boston

Boston Harbor cleanup was economically justifiable, finds new study

A first-of-its-kind study finds that Boston Harbor—once dubbed America’s filthiest harbor—is now worth between $30 and $100 billion in ecosystem services. The study demonstrates that the post-cleanup value of healthy ecosystems and their associated benefits to society should be considered when evaluating options for coastal areas.

→Source: ScienceDaily

Artist Leo March explores Boston waterfront

Photo-essay captures human experience, asks what we should aspire to.

Hong Kong’s waters benefit health and wellbeing

A ground-breaking study has revealed how spending time in and around Hong Kong’s ‘blue spaces’ (harbours, coastlines and beaches) is linked to better health and wellbeing, especially for older adults.

→Source: University of Exeter

Editorial: Boston Harbor is clean but could face new threats to marine life: plastics and drugs

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has fulfilled its mission of cleaning up Boston Harbor — and without adverse impacts farther out into Massachusetts Bay. … So far, so healthy. Now the question comes whether the MWRA’s expertise should be turned toward monitoring new and emerging threats to the marine environment: plastics, pharmaceuticals, hormones, nutrients, industrial chemicals, and the like.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Conservation Law Foundation Releases Guide to the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced the release of a new People’s Guide to the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act today. The guide provides crucial information about the rights of Massachusetts residents in connection to waterfront property in Boston and across the Commonwealth, as well as actions they can take to protect public access to Boston Harbor and other coastal tidelands.

→Source: Conservation Law Foundation

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