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A crisis in waste management, economic vitality, and a coastal marine environment: Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay

GSA Today

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Abstract

Discharge of sewage sludge and effluent from 43 communities in the greater Boston metropolitan area has helped make the harbor one of the most polluted in the nation. As part of a court-mandated plan to end pollution of the harbor, effluent will no longer be discharged into the harbor, but instead, by 1995 it will be discharged into Massachusetts Bay through a record-long 15.34 km tunnel. By the year 2000 all of the sewage is scheduled to recive full secondary treatment. The public is concerned about long-term effects of the new ocean outfall on the environment, including Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, which is an important habitat for whales and a newly designated national marine sanctuary. The bay has been additionally stressed by dumping of low-level radioactive and other hazardous wastes during the 1950s and 1960s. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A crisis in waste management, economic vitality, and a coastal marine environment: Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay
Series title:
GSA Today
Volume
4
Issue:
7
Year Published:
1994
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
GSA Today
First page:
197
Last page:
199
Number of Pages:
3