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Green All Around: Boston Turns to Eco-friendly Infrastructures

In a city rich with history, Boston is taking steps to update its infrastructures. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission is implementing eco-friendly projects designed to help manage stormwater and educate the public on the city infrastructures. By mimicking nature and treating the first inch of stormwater, the goal is to substantially reduce pollution in the rivers and Boston Harbor. For most of Boston’s history, stormwater management meant capturing stormwater and piping it quickly and efficiently to receiving waters, like the Charles, Muddy, Mystic and Neponset Rivers or Boston Harbor. In recent years the city has adopted a new “green”

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Boston’s Water and Sewage Conservation Leads Way for Nearby Cities

The city of Gloucester is on the move with a heavy duty infrastructure project to enhance two of the city’s wastewater pumping stations. The sewer improvement plan will alleviate some of the issues the city has faced due to outdated equipment and resources. Also to be addressed will be storm water discharges stemming from leaking and unstable pipelines. Recently, an agreement with several nearby communities has become the impetus to a larger plan for the state’s water systems. Focusing on water quality using advanced monitoring techniques, the Boston Harbor sewage discharges have greatly reduced. To date, nearly 200,000 gallons per day of

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Boston’s Accessible Growth enables Restructure of Sewer Systems

Many neighborhoods within the Boston area have experienced fast-paced growth over the last several years. The city is in the process of taking a closer look at how quickly the sewer infrastructures can be adjusted for this growth, in order to accommodate the surge in developing homes. Recent reports have concluded the aging water and sewer pipelines will cost the communities of Massachusetts nearly $18 billion in upgrades. Cities and towns nearby, including Ashland, are struggling to cover the cost of infrastructure. An estimation of over $7 billion will be needed for water systems and almost $9 billion for wastewater

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Boston’s Green Community Municipality Grants

The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program helps municipalities navigate and meet the five criteria required to become a Green Community, enabling them to qualify for grants that finance additional energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at the local level. The Green Communities Act requires a specific path forward in order for municipalities served by municipal light plants that adopt the renewable energy charge to participate in the Green Communities Designation and Grant program. A municipality must adopt an expedited application and permitting process under which certain facilities may be sited within the municipality, and the permitting process shall not

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Charles River Blue Cities Initiative

Massachusetts receives about 45 inches of precipitation every year. In the natural environment, almost half of this rainfall filters into the ground, and nearly all the rest returns to the sky as water vapor. In cities, we have paved over the ground and cut down many of the trees that turn water into vapor. The result: well over 50 percent of the rain in a typical year quickly becomes polluted storm water runoff. Developed areas are designed to collect and discard rain quickly, dumping runoff in the river system through storm drains. Bigger storms overwhelm the system, resulting in flooding

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