Boston Harbor

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Boston Harbor 2.0
by Laurie O'Reilly

The New Frontier in the Fight to Save Boston Harbor When CLF launched its 1983 lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for dumping toxic sludge and untreated wastewater into Boston Harbor, years of neglect by the federal government, the state, the city, and polluters had turned the harbor into a shameful liability. But over time,…

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Environmental Group Takes On Proposed Seaport Tower

… But the Conservation Law Foundation represents a formidable foe, given its platoon of attorneys and the ease in which it can engage in a legal war. “This is a sweetheart deal for one developer,” said Bradley Campbell, the organization’s president. “We think this is a very dangerous precedent. . . . If this project…

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After 30 Years, Court Marks Boston Harbor Cleanup

… “There were a lot of secondary challenges,” Shelley said. “At the time, I don’t think anyone had full knowledge of how badly the system had fallen. . . . We had no sense of how big of a mountain we were looking at in terms of the challenges, and no one understood it was going to…

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Patronage Over Policy: Why Proposed Project is Bad News for the Boston Waterfront
by Deanna Moran

This blog post was originally published on bluemassgroup.com. Well-connected developers routinely ask regulators to bend and break the rules to maximize building square footage and project profit. The Cronin Group, a well-known Boston-based developer proposing a new mixed-use building at 150 Seaport Boulevard, is no exception. The site is currently the location of the Whiskey…

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It’s Possible
by Peter Shelley

A walk along Boston Harbor today reveals a waterfront that’s both beautiful and vibrant. Water taxis and sailboats skim its waters; tourists and locals stroll along its shores; fishermen catch striped bass right off the docks; and waterside restaurants brighten the evening. It’s hard to believe that, barely a generation ago, this same harbor was…

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Defending the Charles River from Stormwater Pollution
by Chris Kilian

In February, CLF and the Charles River Watershed Association filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA for failing to uphold the Clean Water Act and requiring large, privately owned stormwater polluters to obtain permits for their dirty discharge. EPA’s responsibility is clear: to ensure that our waterways are safe for drinking, swimming, and fishing. The…

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40 Years Later, Would We Pass the Clean Water Act Today?
by Chris Kilian

I love rivers.  In fact, I love all things water. And so today I’m celebrating the 40th birthday of the Clean Water Act, perhaps America’s most effective and far-reaching environmental law. I grew up on a farm in upstate New York and spent a lot of time stomping around in our ponds, streams, and wetlands…

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Actually, We Don’t Love “Dirty Water”
by Anthony Iarrapino

Wikipedia describes the Standells’ 1965 classic “Dirty Water” as “a mock paean to the city of Boston and its then-famously polluted Boston Harbor and Charles River.” Though fans of local sports teams have embraced the song that plays so often over stadium loud speakers, most people would agree that they’d rather not have their capitol…

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Infrastructure matters! Really and it isn’t boring.
by Seth Kaplan

Former MWRA Executive Director Paul Levy (who has worn a lot of really interesting hats in his career) provides, in CommonWealth Magazine, this really interesting take on the Boston Harbor cleanup and lessons learned from that experience can inform decisions about the slow motion implosion of the transit system of Greater Boston.