Resilience

In the Great Marsh and other coastal wetlands, climate change is harming delicate ecosystems

Wetlands such as [the Great Marsh] are crucial buffers against the damaging effects of rising sea levels from climate change. Yet the very forces unleashed by global warming are pounding away at the Great Marsh and other saltwater wetlands: higher tides — more than 8 inches here over the past century — and a 20 percent increase in precipitation over roughly the same period.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Chelsea Creek Visioning Community Meeting

Help shape the future of the Chelsea Creek waterfront in Chelsea and East Boston. Breakfast and lunch, interpretation, and childcare will be provided.

Date: June 1, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: Kelly Elementary School, Mary C. Burke Complex, Chelsea
More Information: facebook.com/events

BPDA Flood Resilient Building Guidelines & Zoning Overlay District Open House

Join the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) for an open house on the City of Boston’s efforts to promote buildings that are better adapted to coastal flooding and sea level rise. This is an opportunity to learn about the development of flood resilient building guidelines and resiliency zoning, talk to experts, and provide input.

Date: May 14, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Location: East Boston YMCA
More Information: bostonplans.org/news-calendar

As Boston Pursues Climate Resilience, Some Warn Efforts Could Make Inequality Worse

The city’s resilience initiatives are wrapped in the language of equity — in Walsh’s words, representing “Boston’s historic commitment to our collective well-being.” But some experts worry the push for climate adaptation could make inequality worse, a possible multiplier of the so-called “green gentrification” they say is already underway in two neighborhoods at the center of the city’s climate resilience strategy: East Boston and South Boston.

→Source: WBUR

City Announces New Capital Funding For Cutillo Park Study, North End Library and Columbus Playground

The city funding is dedicated to public community spaces. It is worth noting that all three new projects respond to needs highlighted by local residents through various non-profit “Friends” groups, such as the recently formed Friends of Cutillo Park, Friends of the North End Branch Library and Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.

→Source: North End Waterfront

7 American cities that could disappear by 2100

One in six homes in Boston, Massachusetts could be flooded regularly by the turn of the century. … NOAA has also said there’s a near-certain likelihood that Boston will see at least one flood above 6 feet by 2050.

→Source: Business Insider

Resilient Harbor Vision Youth Panel

Boston high school students will reflect on the City’s Resilient Boston Harbor vision and investigate the meaning of resiliency, the vision they have for Boston, and their role in implementing solutions.

Date: April 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Location: Boston City Hall
More Information: greenovateboston.org/boston_design_week_2019

City sets out a ‘bold vision’ for Moakley Park

The Moakley Park of the future would include a new berm to protect against coastal flooding, the elimination of the section of Day Boulevard that runs along Carson Beach, and the creation of a new track and football stadium under a conceptual plan unveiled by city of Boston officials and presented by representatives of its design team last Thursday during a community meeting in South Boston.

→Source: Dorchester Reporter

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

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

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