Climate Ready Dorchester
Dorchester has lower exposure to sea level rise impacts today. But, the neighborhood will see a big jump later in the century. This is due to the area's low-lying coastline and exposure to flooding from the Neponset River.
"Coastal Resilience Solutions for Dorchester" expands the vision for the future of the Dorchester shoreline. The plan offers strategies to adapt to and reduce coastal flood risk. It also establishes a framework to connect the waterfront parks, beaches, and marshes in Dorchester. We want to transform them into one accessible, continuous waterfront.
Coastal resilience solutions
The strategies outline a roadmap for near- and long-term solutions to:
- protect from coastal flooding
- increase access and open space along the waterfront, and
- enhance public-private collaboration.
Near- and long- term solutions
Morrissey Boulevard is an at-risk and heavily used roadway. Our proposed solutions transform Morrissey into a resilient, multi-modal corridor. Morrissey Boulevard will become a critical component of our flood protection solution. This will be true not just for Dorchester, but for the City as a whole.
Our efforts here will be key to Dorchester’s long-term resilience. By making combined investments in multi-purpose infrastructure, we can can provide flood protection while addressing other community needs. These include increased mobility and multi-modal transportation opportunities.
- Moakley Park and Carson Beach (project in the pipeline)
- Moakley to Bayside Connection
- Bayside Development (project in the pipeline)
- Harbor Point Harborwalk
- UMass Calf Pasture II Site Development (project in the pipeline)
- Morrissey Boulevard (North)
- Resilience of Morrissey Boulevard (Phase II)
- McConnell Park Redesign (project in the pipeline)
- Building-Level Adaptation
The Climate Ready Boston report identified challenges facing Dorchester. The Climate Ready Boston Dorchester Plan will focus on this neighborhood's distinct resiliency solutions.
Dorchester is one of the most diverse and largest Boston neighborhood. Residents and local businesses depend on a resilient waterfront to thrive. This project will develop near-term and long-term coastal resilience strategies for coastal flooding and sea level rise. It will also address existing concerns of connectivity, accessibility, and equity.
The Dorchester focus area is made up of several neighborhoods along Dorchester Bay, Morrissey Boulevard, and the Neponset River. These include, but are not limited to:
- Adams Village
- Cedar Grove
- Savin Hill
- Columbia Point
- Clam Point
- Neponset Norfolk
- Lower Mills
- Fields Corner
- Upham's Corner
- Codman Square
- Jones Hill
- Grove Hall
Climate Ready Dorchester common questions
What does resilience mean in Dorchester? What areas of the neighborhood will be impacted? When will it happen? Get the answers to these questions and more.
Planning process and community inputCommunity Input
We’re asking people who live, work, and commute in Dorchester for their thoughts about this project. We're launching community outreach starting October 2019.
The project team kicked off in summer 2019 and will run until the end of 2019. We'll be holding two open houses and four focus group meetings about the project. They are open to the public and start in fall 2019.
This is a community planning process. Please sign up for the newsletter to get up-to-date notifications on events and ways you can provide your input:
Open House: September 25, 2019
At our first community open house, attendees told us where they had experience flooding in the past. They also chose their top evaluation criteria and gave ideas for future open space resilience strategies.
Resilient Harbor Vision
The Resilient Harbor Vision plan, released in 2018, identified coastal waterfront resilience opportunities. This climate adaptation plan for Dorchester creates a more detailed plan. Learn about our climate-ready vision: