April 28, 2020
The Boston Green Ribbon Commission released a report this morning: Expanding Boston’s Capacity to Build Coastal Resilience Infrastructure: Lessons from the Seaport District complete with key findings and recommendations for immediate and longer-term action.
This report culminates a year-long project focused on the challenges of implementing flood protection in areas along Fort Point Channel and Seaport Boulevard facing urgent risks – where action is required by 2025 or 2030. Although the study focused on the most vulnerable areas of the Seaport District, many of the recommendations were developed with a citywide perspective in mind. As such, they are intended to help advance resilience implementation not only in the Seaport but across the city.
Undertaken in coordination with the City of Boston and based on extensive interviews with major property owners in the target areas, the report builds on strategies devised through the 2018 Climate Ready Boston project: Coastal Resilience Solutions for South Boston. The City has been a leader in the process of planning for climate change and its impacts; this report takes the next steps by recommending funding, governance, and regulatory actions required by the City in the near and longer term.
There are two parallel tracks of recommended actions: one focused on leveraging existing frameworks to complete initial urgent actions; and the second to identify opportunities for transformative measures needed to support district-wide, and even citywide, implementation. It is recommended that work on both tracks begin immediately.
Recommendations for urgent action (track one) include:
Recommendations for the longer term (track two) include:
These recommendations have been made to the City of Boston.
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