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Coastal Resilience for Dorchester

We are taking action to protect the Dorchester waterfront from coastal flooding.

As part of the Climate Ready Boston initiative, the Coastal Resilience Solutions for Dorchester plan presented near-term and long-term strategies to adapt the Dorchester waterfront to coastal flooding from sea level rise and storms. Together, the coastal resilience solutions create a vision for the future of the Dorchester coastline that reduces coastal flood risk, improves connectivity and accessibility, and enhances recreation and natural ecosystems.


The Coastal Resilience Solutions for Dorchester plan builds upon the Climate Ready Boston initiative. It aims to maintain the Dorchester community's ability to thrive in the face of coastal flooding resulting from climate change.

The plan presents strategies to protect each vulnerable coastal area over time. Each strategy incorporates an analysis of current and future flood risk, stakeholder and community engagement, and preliminary design and engineering assessments. Since the plan’s release in 2020, the City and its partners continue to engage with the Dorchester community as we further the design and development of coastal resilience projects to build a resilient waterfront for all.

During the planning process, the City evaluated the waterfront in Dorchester from Dorchester Bay to the Neponset River. The study area included:

  • Columbia Point;
  • Clam Point and Tenean Beach;
  • Port Norfolk;
  • Neponset Circle and Adams Village; and
  • The Neponset riverfront.

Learn more about in-progress projects and completed projects along the Dorchester waterfront and how you can stay engaged in the implementation process below!

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