Policy

Opinion: Boston’s port needs attention

Today, Boston’s port economy supports more than 50,000 jobs and creates $4.6 billion in economic value for the city, the state, and the region. To preserve and strengthen Boston’s working ports during a time of rapid development and climate change we urge Massport to continue its focus on the working port and take steps to further modernize Boston’s maritime economy.

→Source: CommonWealth Magazine

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

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

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

The Businesses That Benefit From A Clean Harbor Should Help Boston Address Climate Change

If we are serious about a vision for Boston that allows us not simply to survive rising oceans, but to create an environment and conditions under which our city can thrive, it’s going to take substantial contribution and involvement from the private sector. Because it’s going to be expensive.

→Source: WBUR

Reimagining the Future of Boston’s Waterfront

Nick Black of The Trustees guest authors a blog post on what Trustees learned in a recent survey of Boston residents, with widespread support for a waterfront that is resilient and open to all.

→Source: Barr Foundation

Mayor’s Column: How We Are Addressing Climate Change in Boston

“I am proud of the progress that Boston has made this year in so many areas, but there is one area of concern which impacts our future more than any other: climate change. It’s an urgent priority, and one which Boston must take aggressive steps to address if we hope to continue down this path towards a more prosperous, equitable, and resilient society.”

→Source: North End Waterfront

City plan for Dot waterfront resilience rests in state hands

Dorchester’s climate plan, as Walsh described it, is largely pinned to massive state-controlled projects like the Morrissey Boulevard redesign, the continuation of the Neponset Greenway across a particularly flooding-susceptible leg of the harbor marsh, and the 20-acre Bayside site, presently owned by UMass.

→Source: Dorchester Reporter

Eastie group: Unplug Eversource’s plan

John Walkey, the waterfront initiative coordinator for the community-based organization GreenRoots, said his group has been trying to meet with the mayor “for about a year,” to voice their opposition due to the proposed electrical substation. Walkey gave credit to Walsh for some of the work that has been done as part of the Climate Ready East Boston Plan, but said allowing a substation would counter its progress.

→Source: Boston Herald

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