Boston Takes Aim at Stormwater Pollution

Boston Globe: A settlement reached in federal court promises an accelerated attack on pollution from the labyrinth of pipes under Boston and from pavement runoff, an effort designed to prevent raw sewage and other pollutants from reaching area waterways.

Pollution has remained an episodic problem—despite the $5.5 billion Boston Harbor cleanup—prompting beach closings and deterring those ready to dip their toes into the water. It is also a significant problem in fresh water, such as the Charles River, where storm runoff this year is contributing to blue-green algae blooms that can be a health risk to humans and animals.

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