Protecting Boston Harbor, The People’s Harbor

Once one of the dirtiest harbors in the country, Boston Harbor is today a national jewel. But now it faces new risks. With private development threatening to wall off the harbor to all but the wealthy, and climate change endangering public health and safety, we must step up to protect Boston Harbor again.

CLF in Action

The public’s right to access Boston Harbor and waterfront land is enshrined in the Public Waterfront Act, also known as Chapter 91. But in recent years, private developers and their political allies have ignored the commitments required under the law, putting the waterfront at risk of becoming an exclusive enclave for the wealthy. At the same time, they have neglected to make new buildings resilient in the face of rising waters and extreme weather caused by climate change.

CLF is committed to protecting Boston Harbor – the People’s Harbor ­– from these threats. We are moving forward a vision in which the public’s right to access the harbor is secure and new developments advance public safety with climate-prepared structures. This vision not only benefits Boston, but can become a model for Massachusetts, New England, and beyond.

But there’s more work to be done in the courts, in City Hall, and in the halls of the State House.  We need friends and supporters to stand with us.