Officials seek more protections for city wetlands to counter effects of climate change (Boston Globe 2/11/19)
They are vestiges of greenery and wildlife in Boston: the salt marsh of Belle Isle, the patches of land that foster diverse plant and animal species off Weld Street in Roslindale, the dots that enliven the Emerald Necklace running from Dorchester to the Fens.
Boston has wetlands areas scattered across the city that have long been cherished for their beauty and environmental benefits. But environmental advocates say the city has few tools to protect these spaces from climate change and the secondary effects of development, such as shifts in flood patterns; the city is one of only three along the Massachusetts coastline that does not have local laws protecting wetlands.
Now, a movement is afoot in Boston to enact a local Wetlands Protection Act, part of the city’s overall efforts to combat the effects of climate change. (read more)
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