Boston: Local coastal communities featured in national sea rise symposium

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Local State Representative Jim Cantwell and former South Shore State Senator Bill Golden have co-founded, with several others from around the country, the National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure. The group convened a symposium Tuesday, in the JFK Library, on sea rise and responses to it.  Presenters from around the country and around the world shared their challenges, mistakes and solutions.

Scituate Selectman, and professor of oceanography at BU, Rick Murray spoke. He said the coastal coalition needs to connect with inland groups also affected by climate change. He referenced Vermont, an inland state, “hammered” by Hurricane Irene.

Golden concluded the symposium by challenging those present to make climate change and sea level rise a national priority. He recalled his time at the start of the EPA and the progress the country has made in air and water quality. He recalled his time as a state senator helping the MWRA clean Boston Harbor, “bringing it from the dirtiest to the cleanest in the country.”

The group plans a second symposium in New York City to engage the financial community and a third in Washington, DC, to bring the issue to national politicians.

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