and unsafe waters around, to safe and pristine for swimming. Carson Beach was at the front of the Boston Harbor cleanup, which all started when people got sick and tired of seeing fecal matter on their beaches. It took Boston a court order and school desegregation before taking action in cleaning up the harbor. The plan started off with $4 billion to get state of the art engineering to design, build, and test the waste treatment plant on Deer Island in Boston Harbor.
Let’s take a dive into the History of Boston Harbor, specifically Carson Beach and how shameful the water was. As I said above, people were very much disturbed at the fact that when they got to the beach it wasn’t as much of an exciting trip as they thought. The beach would be dirty, stinky, and just overall nasty looking. In an article by the New England Aquarium they state, “Carson Beach in South Boston was once deemed unfit for swimming due to high amounts of sewage and trash in the area. Thanks to the concerted efforts of volunteers and policy-makers through the 90s and into today, the beach is now much cleaner and safer for the public to use!” This quote alone depicts how far we have come as a community because without any of our actions our beaches would still be unsafe!