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Climate Ready Dorchester

We’re developing a plan to protect Dorchester from coastal flooding due to climate change.

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.

Project Focus Area

View the written report and maps of projected sea level rise in Dorchester from the 2016 Climate Ready Boston Report.

2016 Climate Ready Report


The Climate Ready Boston report identified challenges facing Dorchester. 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.

Dorchester focus area

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:

  • Ashmont
  • 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
  • Bowdoin/Geneva

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 input

Community Input
Community survey

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.

Take our survey

Get updates

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:

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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:

Resilient Boston Harbor