The images of the recent floods overtaking Boston’s waterfront aren’t easy to forget. But the need for resiliency isn’t limited to the coast.
That’s why the Mystic River Watershed Association is expanding its mission to help the 21 cities and towns in its coverage area better handle flooding and drought caused by climate change. Boston has been at this for years, with its Green Ribbon Commission and Climate Ready Boston initiatives. Municipal leaders along the Mystic and its tributaries know they need to do something, too.
The Barr Foundation, funded by the Hostetter family, has been a key backer of Boston’s resiliency efforts. It has since widened its scope beyond the city limits to include the broader region. One example: The foundation just awarded a $115,000 grant to the Mystic group. With that money in hand, Julie Wormser is joining as deputy director, on a full-time basis. Wormser used to be executive director of the former Boston Harbor Association. Now she’ll focus on river flows as well as waves and tides. (read more)
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