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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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Flexibility and Change for Stormwater Permits in MA

Recently, The Environmental Protection Agency initiated changes to requirements for small municipal separate stormwater sewer systems located in Massachusetts. The new permits will update stormwater management efforts across the state, better protecting rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands from pollutants, including elevated levels of nutrients that cause algae blooms and other problems in many Massachusetts communities. At the same time, the permit maximizes flexibility for individual municipalities to tailor their efforts to individual needs and local conditions. The updated permits will require covered municipalities to develop, implement and enforce a stormwater management program to control pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, protect

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