Three proposals to activate the Charlestown Navy Yard approved by the BPDA

The proposals include free public programming which will open up the Navy Yard and waterfront for residents and visitors from across Boston. The BPDA received a total of six proposals in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) released last year. After a thorough review that included significant community engagement, three proposals have been offered temporary licensing agreements for operation in summer 2019.

→Source: Boston Planning & Development Agency

US sues Quincy for sewage discharges into Dorchester Bay, Boston Harbor

The federal government is suing the the City of Quincy for allegedly discharging sewage and untreated wastewater into the Boston Harbor, Dorchester Bay, Quincy Bay and other waterways from the City’s sanitary sewer and storm drain systems.

→Source: Dorchester Reporter

Tenean Beach Clean-Up on Park Serve Day

Join NepRWA staff and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as a volunteer at Tenean Beach in Dorchester on Park Serve Day, a statewide service day that helps get our parks and open spaces ready for the summer season.

Date: April 27, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Tenean Beach, Dorchester
More Information: neponset.org/happenings

Video: North End/Downtown Neighborhood Climate Planning Kicks Off With High Resident Engagement

The City of Boston hosted a poster session to introduce the Climate Ready North End and Downtown projects at a March 12th meeting. Residents filled the Pilot House venue to capacity to hear from city officials and take part in the planning exercise.

→Source: North End Waterfront

Resilient Mystic collaborative invites new municipal partners

Facilitated by the Mystic River Watershed Association and the Consensus Building Institute, the RMC is focused on three key goals: collectively manage stormwater quantity and quality, decrease risks to critical infrastructure in the Lower Mystic and increase the resilience of vulnerable residents during and after extreme weather events. Having now established these goals and other foundational governance mechanisms for the collaborative, the group is eager to expand to include the remaining 11 Mystic River Watershed communities.

→Source: Arlington Wicked Local

Calls Build For Ferry Service On ‘Underutilized’ Columbia Point

Academic and business leaders in Dorchester’s Columbia Point are looking to increase transportation options by adding a ferry stop in the quickly developing neighborhood that borders Boston Harbor.

→Source: WBUR

Report: CLF Releases Study of Flooding in Boston’s Waterfront Open Spaces

The report, “Climate Change and the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act,” highlights how climate change and flooding will threaten public access to coastal tidelands across Massachusetts, as well as the changes the Commonwealth needs to make to protect this access.27

→Source: Conservation Law Foundation

Port of Boston needs (regulatory) attention

Kudos to Boston Harbor Now’s Jill Valdes Horwood and James Aloisi from TransitMatters for highlighting the need to rethink industrial ports like Boston (“Boston’s Port Needs Attention”). While their insights and observations were spot-on, they left me wanting to read more and get into the seaweed on how to implement their vision. Here’s one possible approach.

→Source: CommonWealth Magazine

Knight Foundation Announces $1 Million in New Fellowships to Support Innovative Use of Public Spaces to Transform Communities

Knight Foundation is inviting nominations for the inaugural Knight Public Spaces Fellowship, intended to recognize leading civic innovators who have created or influenced great public spaces that have transformed communities across America. A small group of selected fellows will share up to $1 million in grants to continue their work.

→Source: Knight Foundation

Fidelity would create large waterfront space at revamped World Trade Center in Seaport

The most dramatic changes would occur on the front side of the complex, closest to Seaport Boulevard: The Commonwealth Hall exhibition space will be shuttered for good next year and replaced in part by a 25,000-square-foot waterfront courtyard that will feature small outdoor events and markets throughout the year.

→Source: The Boston Globe

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