|Boston from Spectacle island|
Considering that our site location was a beach, it is important to talk about climate resiliency and how the increase of seawater levels due to global warming is going to affect future generations. With the rise in water levels, most of South Boston is going to be in trouble considering that this land is not natural, being man-made the natural elevation of most of Boston is barely at sea level with the highest point being only 14 feet above the water. Boston is the fifth most vulnerable city to flooding in America. So if the water would rise a couple of inches then a good portion of Boston would go underwater. However, there are ways to combat this, for locations such as Carson Beach where storm surges are prevalent, natural resources such as rocks or sands can act as a natural barrier that absorbs these sudden waves from coming in. The beach itself already works as a natural barrier in the prevention of flooding, with the sand working as a method to stop the rise in water. Another method that could be implemented is the usage of storm drains, just like the ones Spectacle island the storm drains could be a huge impact on taking out water from the city if it were to ever flood in certain locations. This storm drains could be the difference between major and minor floodings. Even though the increase in sea levels might be working at a slower pace, it does not mean that we should not prepare for this. With the right amount of funds and the correct thinking, our community should be able to combat this. After all, this isn't our first city-wide project.
Until next time,
|This is what the sea level rise in Boston would look like|
Until next time,