Responding to the new 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report, Boston Public Radio invited David Abel to discuss the latest in climate change news, focusing on rising sea levels in Boston and the rest of the northeast. He also talks about covering climate change for the last 10 years and the Boston Globe's recent decision to expand its climate focus.
Abel is a Boston Globe reporter, where he covers the environment. He was part of the Globe’s team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.
LISTEN 30:06 David Abel on BPR | Feb. 22, 2022
Members of the public are invited to learn more about the assessment on Tues., Feb. 15 from 6-7 PM.
The Resilient Mystic Collaborative (RMC) has been working with emergency management experts, infrastructure managers, and community based organizations to better understand how a major winter Nor'easter (with 2.5 feet more flooding than 2018 record storms) would affect critical regional infrastructure and socially vulnerable people in the Lower Mystic. The Lower Mystic is comprised of six municipalities in the watershed: Boston (Charlestown & East Boston), Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop.
[Note: Arlington's Alewife Brook is a low-lying part of the Mystic River watershed.]
The webinar will be in English with Spanish translation and other languages upon advance request through the registration.
Excellent presentations on building electrification and getting to Net Zero, including: (1) Arlington's Home Rule Petition (H.3570, Rep. Sean Garballey; Sen. Cindy Friedman) for authority to require fossil fuel-free new buildings and major rehabs and (2) legislation for a local option for all-electric buildings (S.1333/H.2167). Testimony from State legislators, municipal leaders and other experts.
On December 30, 2021, the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) published its anticipated Final CSO Performance Assessment, as part of a series of regulatory reports that have been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. These reports are a requirement of the landmark Boston Harbor Cleanup Case.
What the MWRA Final CSO Performance Assessment Report Doesn’t Say:
Based on modeling, rather than real data, the report claims that there were a total of 6.26 million gallons of CSO discharge in the Alewife Brook in 2021.5 The reality is that in 2021 there was a total of 50 million gallons of sewage water discharge into the Alewife Brook. The true data is eight times worse than the MWRA’s modeled data. The MWRA’s CSO report is off by 43 million gallons!
Read more here:
The Alewife Brook continues to be polluted by raw sewage after many rainstorms because of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). Roughly 50,000,000 gallons of sewage-contaminated water has flowed into Alewife Brook during 2021. Details here.
Diane Mahon, Select Board Vice Chair, will discuss this issue Mon., Dec. 20, at the Arlington Select Board meeting. It's no. 14 on the agenda.