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EBC Breakfast: Final Steps to Cleaning Up Boston Harbor and the Charles River – The CSO Agreement

The approval by EPA and DEP of a Comprehensive CSO Agreement marks the culmination of the MWRA’s long-term plan to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to Boston Harbor and its tributaries, including the Charles River.

The goal of the program is to protect swimming beaches, shellfishing beds and other sensitive waters from overflows due to heavy rains. For example, the Charles River has been one of the greatest beneficiaries of the program to date, with a reduction in CSO discharges of over 90% in a typical year. Improvements added in the new Agreement will increase that to 99%.

Another major component is the $250 million storage tunnel project along the popular South Boston beaches, which will make these among the most highly protected urban beaches in the country.

By 2015, MWRA is projected to spend over $850 million on CSO control projects, in addition to the $3.8 billion already spent on the Boston Harbor Clean-up that have dramatically improved the health of the harbor and brought people back to Boston’s waterfront.

When will work start on these CSO controls? What kind of contractors and consultants will the MWRA be hiring? How will the MWRA procure services? How will the work be implemented? By the MWRA? Cambridge Sewer Authority? Boston Water & Sewer? Plan to attend this breakfast meeting and have all of your questions answered on this major CSO program.

The Environmental Business Council will present Fred Laskey, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, to talk about the reality of this CSO settlement and what it means to contractors and environmental consultants interested in performing this work.

A continental breakfast will be served.