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

The Secret to Good Health May Be a Walk in the Park

In Minneapolis-St. Paul, the nation’s healthiest urban region, almost everyone lives within a 10-minute walk of a good public park. Shouldn’t we all?

→Source: The New York Times

Editorial: Voters say raise my taxes to preserve parks, but Beacon Hill isn’t keeping up with demand

The Community Preservation Act is so popular for a simple reason: It works, and taxpayers who vote for it can see the tangible results in their parks and neighborhoods. It’s improving the quality of life in Massachusetts, and well worth additional investment from the state.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Charlestown Navy Yard Waterfront Activation Plans Review

Join the Boston Planning & Development Agency (“BPDA”) to hear from proponents looking to collaborate with the City to activate the Charlestown Navy Yard waterfront and watersheet. You can access the proposals ahead of time here: bit.ly/BPDA_CNYRFP.

Date: December 12, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
More Information: bostonplans.org/news-calendar

Downtown Waterfront Coastal Resilience Study

Starting in 2019, this study will be conducted in various neighborhoods, including the Wharf District, as part of city’s Resilient Boston Harbor vision to protect our waterfront from rising sea level and climate change.

→Source: North End Waterfront

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