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Boston developers need to plan for flooding

Kudos to Daniel Grossman for his outstanding article addressing Boston’s rising risks of coastal flooding (”Europe’s waterways could save Boston,” Ideas, Nov. 22).

Buildings erected today, during the curent development boom in Boston, will last well into the future, when our climate will be altered by global warming. Until building codes require climate preparedness, waterfront developments will vary widely in anticipating future flooding.

The plan to develop Clippership Wharf in East Boston accepts the need to prepare for a time when sea levels will be much higher Developers of a proposed hotel on Lewis Wharf in the North End, however, have requested a variance that would make their building vulnerable to flooding in severe storms.


Regulators must not allow this variance. Mother Nature doesn’t negotiate.

Julie Wormser
Executive Director

Boston Harbor Association