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November 19, 2019

Meeting Minutes

WilmerHale Offices, State St. Boston

3:00-4:30 pm


Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor Now
CDR Taylor Lam, United States Coast Guard
CAPT Eric Doucette, United States Coast Guard
Marc Albert, National Park Service
Carolyn Fiore, MA Water Resources Authority
Fred Laskey, MA Water Resources Authority
Andrew Hargens, MassPort Authority
Priscilla Geigis, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Susan Kane, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Alicia Leuba, The Trustees of Reservations
Richard McGuinness, Boston Planning and Development Agency
Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Chris Cook, City of Boston
Maureen Cavanaugh, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*
Rob Moir, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*
Elizabeth Solomon, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*

*Representing personal opinions only during time period of advisory council

Call to Order and Introductions

Chairman Laskey called meeting to order at 3:06 pm.

Minutes from previous meeting were distributed. Motion from Kathy Abbott to approve the minutes as distributed. Motion seconded by Marc Albert. Motion to adopt minutes as distributed was approved unanimously.

Chairman Laskey welcomed Jim Montgomery, the new Interim Director for MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Presentation & Public Input

Partnership members each presented their organization’s 2019 accomplishments that support the mission of the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.

The meeting was open for public input after each partner’s presentation. Below is a record of all public input.

Massachusetts Port Authority, presented by Andrew Hargens

No Public Input

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, presented by Susan Kane

(Q) Elizabeth Solomon requested that information on archeology work for the electrification project be shared.

(Q) Elizabeth Solomon requested that data on gender and race of participants in the Historic Preservation Corps be shared.

(Q) Susanne Gall Marsh requested that Partnership be updated on Gallops Island.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, presented by Carolyn Fiore

(Q) Elizabeth Solomon expressed concerns that the new Irish memorial at Deer Island was placed on a site that is significant to Native American communities, in addition to Irish American immigrants. Further concern was expressed that the memorial was placed on top of a bench that had been funded and installed by the Nipmuc, which is the only memorial in place for Native Americans on the island.

(A) Fred Laskey responded to concerns and shared that the memorial was placed without knowledge of any existing memorialization. Shared that MWRA is currently working to develop funds for a Native American memorial at Deer Island and has requested assistance from NPS.

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, presented by Arthur Pearson

No Public Input

United States Coast Guard Command Sector Boston, presented by CAPT Eric Doucette

(Q) Arthur Pearson inquired if USCG is synchronized with Boston Police Department (BPD) for incidents like active shooters.

(A) CAPT Doucette confirmed close coordination between USCG and BPD and shared an example of a recent well-coordinated response.

(Q)Maureen Cavanaugh shared everyone’s appreciation of last meeting’s tour of the Command Sector Boston.

(Q)Suzanne Gall Marsh inquired about future public access to Little Brewster Island.

(A)CAPT Doucette responded that recent storms have delivered huge blows to the island and presented significant challenges to providing things like electricity, heat, oil, sewage removal, and water. Shared that the island is currently uninhabitable, but is checked by USCG staff bi-weekly. Furthered that a lot of preservation work has been complete while the island has been closed but that public access is still years away.

The Trustees of Reservations, presented by Andrew Gallagher

(Q) Elizabeth Solomon inquired if there are discussions of an archeological survey in the development plans for the entrance parking lot and education building.

(A)Alicia Leuba responded that archeological survey work is always included in planning processes and is already complete.

National Parks of Boston, presented by Marc Albert

No Public Input

Boston Harbor Now, presented by Kathy Abbott

No Public Input

Boston Planning and Development Agency, presented by Richard McGuinness

No Public Input

Suzanne Gall Marsh spoke on behalf of Friends of Boston Harbor Islands (FBHI). Shared that the recent annual meeting went well, with a tour of the Deer Island treatment plant. Invited all to attend the annual New Years Day trip to Thompson Island. Shared that in 2019, FBHI and Old South Meeting House co-presented a series on Boston Harbor Island Resilience and Change. Passed around booklets to celebrate the 40th anniversary of FBHI, asked everyone to reach out if copies are needed. Booklets are free of charge to all.

Fred Laskey implored everyone to celebrate the accomplishments of the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership over the past year; with progress made on every front, from education and youth programs to construction and preservation. Asked everyone to take pride in all that the Partnership has accomplished this year.


Motion to adjourn by Marc Albert. Seconded by Arthur Pearson. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

September 17, 2019

Meeting Minutes

USCG Command Sector Boston
3:00-3:30 pm


Chris Cook, City of Boston
Maureen Cavanaugh, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*
Richard McGuinness, Boston Planning and Development Agency
Priscilla Geigis, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Marc Albert, National Park Service
Fred Laskey, MA Water Resource Authority
Carolyn Fiore, MA Water Resource Authority
Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
CAPT Eric Doucette, United States Coast Guard
CDR Taylor Lam, United States Coast Guard
Jocelyn Forbush, Trustees of Reservations
Jack Murray, Boston Harbor Now

Call to Order and Introductions

Chairman Laskey called meeting to order at 3:02 pm.

Welcome from CAPT Doucette with a reminder that Boston is the birthplace of the United States Coast Guard; Boston Light was the first commissioned lighthouse in the country, first cutter was built in Newburyport, first lifesaving stations were built along the MA coastline.

Minutes from previous meeting were distributed. Motion from Priscilla Geigis to approve the minutes. Motion seconded by Marc Albert. Motion to adopt minutes as distributed was approved unanimously.


Chris Cook, City of Boston

  • Announced the kickoff to Climate Ready Dorchester planning on September 25. City will be asking all partners to come together and drive community input for the planning process.

Maureen Cavanaugh, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*

  • Shared that Advisory Council continues to work to move out of suspended status.

Richard McGuinness, Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)

  • Announced that new guidelines for building retrofits to account for sea level rise have been approved. Next step is to remove zoning challenges related to definition of building.
  • Shared that BPDA has applied for a FEMA pre-disaster planning grant.

Priscilla Geigis, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

  • Announced retirement of Commissioner Leo Roy and extended gratitude for all of his efforts to promote the Harbor Islands.
  • Shared that upcoming projects include meeting with folks in Hull for Master Development Planning and meeting with both City of Boston and DCR officials to work on a partnership strategy to embrace Climate Ready Boston.

Marc Albert, National Park Service (NPS)

  • Shared that NPS hosted three conservation corps this summer. Crews built picnic tables, removed invasive plants, built trails, and more. One youth reported, “[While camping on Georges Island] I liked learning about how this place used to be important to Boston, and now we can protect it and visit it.”
  • Announced that NPS has concluded its 10th year of the Coastal Breeding Bird monitoring program with the first documented case of a great blue heron nesting within the park. The full report will come out this winter. One trend that will be noted is the decline in wading birds. NPS will be funding a two-year study to investigate this decline.
  • Shared that stewardship projects will continue through October, before shifting to World’s End for the winter season.
  • Offered congratulations to Friends of Boston Harbor Islands on the completion of a new booklet to honor the 40th anniversary of the organization.
  • Shared that the Public Archeology Lab (PAL) will be assessing the eligibility of multiple above ground sites across the Harbor Islands for a national register nomination.

Fred Laskey, MA Water Resource Authority (MWRA)

  • Shared that MWRA has submitted a proposal to the NPS for assistance in funding to design, create, and install a memorial for Native Americans who were interned on Deer Island during King Philip’s War.

Carolyn Fiore, MWRA

  • Shared that fishing pier construction is underway on Deer Island.

Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC)

  • Offered gratitude to NPS for stewardship work on habitat restoration this summer.
  • Announced that TIOBEC is the recipient of the 2019 Lands End Love Learning Summer Learning Award, awarded by the National Summer Learning Association to organizations that provide safe and healthy learning environments every summer. The National Summer Learning Association has also recognized the 10th anniversary of Boston’s citywide summer learning initiative.
  • Shared that TIOBEC is working with PAL to complete archeological surveys related to work along the water main. PAL will be converting a 1990s-era survey into a shareable form to be used in youth education in conjunction with oral history developed with assistance from Kristen Wymen. This work will help acknowledge the education that has been taking place on Thompson Island long before TIOBEC existed.

CAPT Eric Doucette, United Stated Coast Guard (USCG)
• Reminded all of the marine accident that took place at Long Island last month. Shared that USCG is a
resource for all Partners, from evacuations to any emergency needs.
• Announced that CDR Lam has been selected as Captain and has been admitted to Harvard University
for a National Security Fellowship.
Jocelyn Forbush, Trustees of Reservations (TTOR)
• Shared that TTOR will be raising funds for a new welcome center to accommodate a significant
increase in visitation at Worlds End.
• Announced that a new waterfront initiative will be focusing on waterfront parks, with potential
opportunities in east Boston and in the North End; more information to follow in next few months.
Jack Murray, Boston Harbor Now (BHN)
• Shared data with thoughts on analysis from this season’s visitation:
o Almost 400 public program on Islands;
o Visitation increase of 12.5% ;
o Visitation trended down in previous few years and is starting to come back up this year;
o Increase likely due to BHN’s investments in marketing.
• Provided an update that the Peddocks Island draft report will likely be complete in December.
• Shared that BHN, City of Boston, NPS, and University of Massachusetts Boston are working together
to form a Living Lab. MOA is currently in draft stages. Next step will be to put together a funding
proposal to develop methodologies to study sea level rise and storm surge data.
• Provided an update on BHN Requests for Proposal (RFP):
o Transportation RFP will be coming out mid-October;
o Greenway pavilion activation RFP has closed, BHN is reviewing proposals now.
• Announced the 35th anniversary of Harbor Walk this year. BHN will be helping to commemorate with
a special speaker forum to include former elected officials and original members of the Boston
Harborwalk Advisory Committee.
Connor LeBlanc, Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort)
• Announced that the World Trade Center commonwealth pier revitalization project has been

approved. Still working through the permitting process, but once complete, investments will be
made in water transportation infrastructure.
• Shared that the Institute for Contemporary Art in the East Boston shipyard has completed its second
successful season.
• Shared that MassPort will be meeting with BHN and NPS to explore ways to promote the parts of the
Harbor Islands that are within MassPort’s jurisdiction.
Public Comment
Paul Federico, Friends of Boston Harbor Islands Board of Directors, shared that 40th anniversary booklets are
available today for all Partnership members.
Motion to adjourn meeting by Priscilla Geigis, seconded by Marc Albert. Motion to adjourn approved
unanimously. Meeting was adjourned at 3:30 pm and all attendees enjoyed a tour led by USCG.
2 Representing personal opinions only during time period of advisory council suspension

July 16, 2019

Meeting Minutes

Onboard the MVAbigail and on Peddocks Island
1:45-5:00 pm


Fred Laskey, MA Water Resource Authority
Michael Creasey, National Park Service
CAPT Eric Doucette, United States Coast Guard
CDR Taylor Lam, United States Coast Guard
Leo Roy, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Priscilla Geigis, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Richard McGuinness, Boston Planning and Development Agency
Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor NOW
Maureen Cavanaugh, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*
*Representing personal opinions only during time period of advisory council suspension.

Call to Order and Introductions

Chairman Laskey called meeting to order at 2:12 pm onboard the MV Abigail.

Minutes from previous meeting were distributed. Request from CDR Taylor Lam to modify meeting minutes from “eel cutter” to “eagle cutter.” Motion from Leo Roy to approve the minutes with CDR Lam’s modification. Motion seconded by Kathy Abbott. Minutes approved unanimously as amended.


Richard McGuiness, Boston Planning and Development Agency

  • Announced a workshop at BSA tonight at 6:00 pm to discuss climate change on the North End.

Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor Now


  • Ads for the islands are up on public transit lines.
  • Spectacle on Spectacle had a record year for fundraising with almost 500 attendees.
  • BHN is releasing an RFI for Greenway activation on Thursday.
  • A draft RFP for the concessions contract on Spectacle and Georges Island and an RFI for a Peddocks pilot opportunity will follow.
  • The new trip planning website has reached 1.2 million views.

Leo Roy, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation

  • Shared that moorings are in, totaling 75 new moorings with 35-40 planned to go in in the future.

Fred Laskey, Massachusetts Water Resource Authority

  • Announced that construction on the fishing pier at Deer Island started today.

Michael Creasey, National Parks of Boston


  • All Hands on Deck Day of Stewardship on Peddocks Island was a huge success. Thanks to DCR for hosting.
  • Forty-eight Youth Conservation Corps employees are active in the parks facilitating camp experiences, building story-telling skills, running pop-up programming, and caring for park resources.
  • Harbor Discovery Camps start this week. Campers from Yawkee Boys and Girls Club will be on Georges today, Peddocks tomorrow, and Spectacle on Thursday.
  • Place-Based Boston summer teacher institute is next week, 7/22-26.
  • Stewardship Thursday and Saturday programs continue to connect volunteers directly to public lands through hands-on work on multiple islands.
  • Interns from UMass Boston and Brandeis are providing tremendous support for science, managing key habitats, and running our community volunteer programs.
  • We continue to work with BHN, Stone Foundation, UMass Boston, and other partners on the proposed Stone Living Lab at Boston Harbor Islands. Trip to NYC to learn about Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay was helpful.
  • Volunteers and the SCA Historic Preservation Crew have successfully planted 3,800 native plants from 8 species around the freshwater marsh areas on Grape and Thompson Islands. Deer fencing has been erected on Grape and staff is now working on keeping plants watered and the sites weeded as they get established.
  • Two years of monthly seal inventories have been funded by Mass Environmental Trust and are being led by Stephanie Wood at UMass Boston in partnership with NPS.
  • Long term monitoring of key species and habitats is ongoing throughout the islands: Coastal breeding birds, rocky intertidal communities, and small mammals are highlights.

Update on the Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council:

  • On June 14, an executive order was signed to reduce the number of federal advisory councils by ⅓ by September 30.
  • NPS was asked to provide information regarding the efficacy and functionality of the Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council.
  • NPS submitted a justification and is awaiting response.


Peddocks Island Planning Update

Jack Murray and Alice Brown, Boston Harbor Now
Cassie Bethoney, Weston and Sampson Design Studio

  • Jack provided an overview of the Peddocks Vision Planning and public engagement process.
  • Alice shared concept boards that will now remain at Peddocks Island for visiting members of the public to see each planning scenario and provide input.
  • Alice shared that all (3) open houses are now complete.
  • Each open house had a drop-in style with substantial public involvement.
  • An addition venue for comment is available through an online survey, which remains open and can be found on the BHN website.
  • Cassie shared results from the open houses.
Top 4 categories, 1600 total votes:


Total Votes

Most Popular Ideas

Education 345 Guided Walks/ Interpretive Signage (82 votes)
Sustainability 313 Renewable Energy (Solar/ Wind/ Hydro) (66 votes)
Recreation 286 Accessible Waterfront Camping (60 votes)
Site Amenities 281 Elevated Boardwalks near Marsh (94 votes)

Questions & Answers
(Q) Rich McGuinness: Asked if open houses shared concepts that have been successful on other islands to provide examples to participants.
(Q) Suzanne Gall Marsh: Agreed that examples would be helpful and suggested adding a question to ask participants what they like about other islands they have visited.
(Q) Michael Creasey: Asked if there were any ideas on how to activate the buildings.
(A) Cassie Bethoney: Responded that participants have shared a wide range of ideas.
(A) Alice Brown: Responded that the pilot Request for Information (RFI) will also generate different ideas.
(Q) Suzanne Gall Marsh: Requested additional information on the pilot RFI.
(A) Alice Brown: Responded that the pilot RFI will capture wide interest on projects that could move forward. Shared that the RFI is delayed and ideas will likely need to focus on next summer.
(A) Cassie Bethoney: Shared that they are currently following up on many leads from public meetings.
(Q) Suzanne Gall Marsh: Asked if the RFI includes building use or is more focused on programming.
(A) Alice Brown: Explained that an RFI was chosen instead of a Request for Proposals (RFP) since this is still an idea generating phase. Elaborated that anything requiring building use would likely be more long term in nature.
(A) Jack Murray: Shared that buildings on island are currently under lease agreements and will generally need more time to develop ideas for their use and require a larger investment. Explained that the necessary legal mechanisms for building use are not yet in place.
(Q) Kathy Abbott: Inquired if ideas could drive the need for legal mechanisms to be implemented.
(A) Susan Kane: Explained that only two buildings are currently open so DCR would need to really look at the different ideas generated.
(Q) Michael Creasey: Asked if access will be included in the RFI.
(Q) Kathy Abbott: Added that access remains to be the greatest challenge for all islands.
(A) Jack Murray: Explained that BHI and partners have discussed many different options.

Partnership Meeting then broke to tour Peddocks Islands.
Following the tour, all attendees returned to the MV Abigail and the meeting was opened for further questions or public comment. There were no further questions or public comment.


Leo Roy made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Kathy Abbott seconded the motion. Motion to adjourn was approved unanimously. Meeting was adjourned a 4:54 pm.

May 21, 2019

Meeting Minutes

EPA Building, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA; Leighton Room

3:00- 4:30pm


Normal Mael, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center Richard McGuinness, City of Boston
Priscilla Geigis, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Leo Roy, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Carolyn Fiore, MA Water Resource Authority
Fred Laskey, MA Water Resource Authority Michael Creasey, National Park Service CDR Taylor Lam, United States Coast Guard Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor NOW
Stewart Dalzell, Mass Port Authority
Maureen Cavanaugh, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*
Heather Deschenes, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*
*Representing personal opinions only during time period of advisory council suspension.

Call to Order and Introductions

Chairman Laskey called meeting to order at 3:08 pm.

Motion made by Michael Creasey to approve the minutes from the previous meeting, seconded by Carolyn Fiore. Minutes unanimously approved as distributed.


A Vision for Moakley Park

Allison Perlman, Boston Parks and Recreation Department (PowerPoint presentation)

  • Moakley Park has 60 acres of open space located off Dorchester Bay in South Boston.

  • Space is currently being permitted for field use, but has very few permit requests despite its proximity to many neighborhoods.

  • Local area population around Moakley Park is expected to double in next ten years.

  • Park’s proximity to public housing creates opportunity to offer open space to low income residents.

  • City of Boston is committed to increasing ecological and social values through cleaner air, flood sinks, active recreation, and other community amenities that go beyond organized sports.

  • Moakley is a missing link of the Emerald Necklace.

  • Moakley Park Vision’s guiding principles:

    • Resilient Neighborhoods- Combat existing storm water flooding by developing a low laying berm and connecting an outer berm to existing land features.

    • Diverse Programs- Increase playability through materials and lighting; consider how recreation can remain dynamic and adaptable to changing community needs.

    • Accessibility for All- Stay responsive to community needs; consider who can access the park safely; connect to surrounding neighborhoods; create spaces where youth feel they belong.

  • Next Steps:

    • Coordinate with other agencies;

    • Coordinate with climate-ready South Boston, including Dorchester resilience planning;

    • Preliminary design and technical analysis;

    • Pre-permitting feasibility study;

    • RFI for partnerships in maintenance and operations; and

    • Multi-faceted community engagement strategy.

Questions and Answers

(Q) Michael Creasey: Inquired if the city is considering any activities at Moakley that lead people out to the Boston Harbor and onto the Harbor Islands.
(A) Allison Perlman: Responded that yes, the city will be considering Island access.
(Q) Michael Creasey: Asked what type of entity the city is looking for in the partnership RFI.
(A) Allison Perlman: Responded that the partnership RFI is still in planning stages, but will likely focus on operations and maintenance, in addition to programming.

Water Transportation Plan

Alice Brown, Boston Harbor Now (PowerPoint presentation)

  • Business plans were released last month.

  • Overall goal is to increase the number of people visiting the Harbor Islands.

  • Recognition that the ferry is only one way that people get to the islands, with respect to private boaters in addition to ferry riders.

  • Island access strategy has been through stakeholder workshops, best practices research (studied 6 different ferry services around the country), and an RFI process.

  • Annual visitation to Harbor Islands has fluctuated year-to-year, but overall has remained steady. Economists have reported that current fluctuations are normal, with an average of around 105,000 visitors each year.

  • Next step is to issue an RFP based on recent findings.

Peddocks Island Planning Update
Jack Murray, Boston Harbor Now

  • DCR, NPS, and BHN are working together to develop several potential planning scenarios for Peddocks Island. The planning team has heard requests to have the Partnership review scenarios and to have broader outreach and engagement with Native American communities. Today’s presentation will allow the Partnership opportunity to comment. Peddocks Planning is and will continue to be a very inclusive process.

  • Shared that today’s presentation will prototype the upcoming open houses. Easels have been placed around the room with post-its and markers so that Partnership members and the general public can interact and provide feedback on what they see.

Cheri Ruane, Weston and Sampson Design Studio (PowerPoint presentation)

  • Steps for Peddocks Planning:

    • Research, analysis, and site visits;

    • Workshops with partner agencies;

    • Infrastructure planning;

    • Public engagement- current step;

    • Pilot education program – slated for this and next summer to try out different models and learn what could work; and

    • Master plan development.

  • Plan for public engagement:

    • Open houses have been planned throughout the city.

      • June 12, 2019 at Hingham Public Library, 6 Leavitt St, Hingham from 4-8:00 pm.

      • June 22, 2019 at the Welcome Center, 191 W Atlantic Ave, Boston from 9-2:00 pm.

      • June 27, 2019 at the Pilot House, 32 Atlantic Ave, Boston from 4-8:00 pm.

    • At the top of each hour, there will be a short presentation followed by a “Gallery Walk,” in which participants look at various planning components and vote for scenarios and programming elements.

    • An online survey will allow participation outside of in-person sessions.

Questions and Answers

(Q) Maureen Cavanaugh: Inquired how surveys and open houses will be made accessible to diverse communities.
(A) Cheri Ruane: Responded that Planning Team is using DCR, NPS, and BHN email lists in addition to social media and personal outreach to different communities.
(Q) Michael Creasey: Asked Allison Perlman from City of Boston if they have learned any new strategies for diverse public engagement through the Moakley Park planning process.
(A) Allison Perlman: Responded that a certain group of people is typically reached through mailings, list serves, and all of our usual channels. The City has developed an idea of which neighborhoods are not being reached through usual channels and has identified leaders of each community. Next, City officials will go to community meetings to get information in front of community members.

Meeting broke and time was allotted to look at and engage with Peddocks planning scenarios located around the room.


Richard McGuiness, City of Boston

  • Shared that for more info on flood plan maps related to the Moakley presentation, check the city’s website.

  • Reported that Boston has developed some unique strategies in zoning layers for flood hazards, including looking at all building types within the floodplain to see how they could be retrofitted. A public engagement process is underway to learn more and provide comment on the overlay district.

Stewart Dalzell, Mass Port Authority

  • Reported that Mass Port is staying in close contact with the Army Corps through the dredging project, with over 4 million cubic yards excavated thus far.

  • Announced that Mass Port has recently launched a public realm initiative to look at public spaces in Boston, updates coming soon.

  • Announced that Commonwealth Pier is in the permitting process for redevelopment and a large part of the building will be removed to create open space. Project is currently under public review.

Norman Mael, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center

  • Announced that on June 6th Thompson Island will host an annual education conversation with a guest speaker from Bechtel. Let Norm know if you are interested in attending.

  • Shared appreciation for everyone who has helped with water line replacement. Application is pending.

Carolyn Fiore and Fred Laskey, Massachusetts Water Resource Authority

  • Announced that on May 25 there will be an opening ceremony for the Great Hunger Memorial at Deer Island. This memorial will commemorate the hundreds of Irish immigrants who were quarantined and died on the Harbor Islands.

Michael Creasey, National Parks of Boston

  • Announced that ethics guides have gone out to Partnership members to meet our annual training requirement. Please read the guidelines, sign the acknowledgement form, and return it to Angela.

  • Welcomed seasonal staff that will be working out on the Islands all summer and Bob Wilbur, new Deputy Superintendent for National Parks of Boston.

  • Reviewed upcoming Partnership meeting schedule to include July 16th trip to Peddocks Island.

  • Shared NPS programming highlights:

    • 500+ Boston students are going to Spectacle for programming this spring, made possible with support from BHN, NPS, and the National Park Trust.

    • 50 high school students have been selected for youth employment and development programs this summer.

    • Historias de Boston is kicking off again this year to reach Latinx youth.

    • Hill to Harbor is also returning to connect the Dorchester Heights community to the Harbor.

    • A new trip planning site is live, congratulations to Boston Harbor Now on the web design project.

  • Shared that the NPS has some work ahead for Little Brewster Island, will be connecting with USCG.

  • Offered congratulations to Friends of Boston Harbor Islands on a successful 40th anniversary cruise!

  • Shared appreciation for Sonja Plesset of Plymouth Rock Foundation for advancing the living laboratory project with an upcoming trip to the Jamaica Bay Institute in New York to talk about resiliency.

Leo Roy, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation

  • Shared congratulations to Friends of Boston Harbor Islands for the wonderful anniversary cruise.

Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor Now

  • Welcomed new summer interns at BHN.

  • Shared congratulations and appreciation for Suzanne Gall- Marsh of Friends of Boston Harbor Islands for 40 years of support.

  • Announced that this year’s opening day had the highest turnout ever and that all rangers (DCR & NPS) on island did phenomenal work to make the day special for visitors.

  • Shared that BHN is investing in marketing the Islands this year with plans for radio ads and print ads on subway and in the newspaper.

  • Announced that the park website is now live, with appreciation for an inkind donation from Jack Rabbit and NPS contribution to upgrade the site.

  • Announced that Spectacle of Spectacle is coming up on June 20th, tickets are available.

CDR Taylor Lam, US Coast Guard

  • Announced that on August 9-12 a USCG eagle cutter cadet training ship will be docked in Salem. Encouraged everyone to go see it.

Public Comment

Maureen Cavanaugh: Shared appreciation for the Peddocks Planning Team postponement of public meetings to allow for today’s comment opportunity. Appreciation for NPS and DCR stepping up to capture a diverse group of public interests in light of advisory council’s suspension.

Suzanne Gall Marsh, Founder of Friends of Boston Harbor Islands: Announced that the Gallops Island Monument will find a new home in the Hingham Shipyard, appreciation for those who made this possible.


Motion to adjourn by Michael Creasey, seconded by Priscilla Geigis. Motion approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 4:36 pm.

March 19, 2019

Meeting Location: Wilmer Hale, 60 State Street, 26th Floor, Boston, MA


Alicia Leuba, The Trustees of Reservations
Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Richard McGuiness, City of Boston
Priscilla Geigis, MA Department of Recreation and Conservation
Carolyn Fiore, MA Water Resource Authority
Fred Laskey, MA Water Resource Authority
Michael Creasey, National Park Service
CDR Taylor Lam, United States Coast Guard
Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor NOW
Cathy Stone, Boston Harbor NOW
Maureen Cavanaugh, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*
Elizabeth Solomon, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*
Rob Moir, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council*
*Representing personal opinions only during time period of advisory council suspension.

Call to Order and Introductions

Chairman Laskey called meeting to order at 3:05 pm.

Motion made by Michael Creasey to approve the minutes from the previous meeting, seconded by Kathy Abbott. Minutes unanimously approved as distributed.


Boston Harbor Islands Coastal Science & Adaptation

Marc Albert, National Park Service (PowerPoint Presentation)

Three different projects are happening around the park concurrently.

Woods Hole Group:

  • Developing a regional flood model.

Boston University:

  • Three year study of three sets of islands.
  • Developing a local flood geo-response map to predict resource and facility vulnerability.
  • Using hydrodynamic data collection to capture water level and speed.
  • Mapping site-specific coastal features, resources, and facilities.
  • Collecting bluff retreat rate at some sites.

University of Rhode Island:

  • Atmospheric study of nor'easter hazards at Cape Cod National Seashore, Acadia National Park, and Boston Harbor Islands.
  • Storm vulnerability info can be used to inform planning and decision making.

NPS is working to integrate each study and develop a common language for the way we study coastal changes and develop adaptations.
NPS is hiring a Science Communication Specialist to aid the parks in learning how to discuss climate change with the public.

Living Laboratory for Climate Innovation

Sonja Plesset, Stone Foundation (PowerPoint presentation)

Will answer two questions:

What role do the Boston Harbor Islands play in the overall resiliency of Boston Harbor?

How can we integrate the islands into the climate resiliency plan for Boston and the Massachusetts shoreline?

Progress to date:

  • Steering committee.
  • Technical study.
  • Design charrette.
  • Meetings with regulators and island owners.
  • Planning process for living lab.
  • Living laboratory would test solutions to protect coastline.
  • Focus on public engagement (education tools for K-12, kiosks, guided tours, and access to data and results).
  • Knowledge transfer would ensure that lessons learned are shared around the work, expanding a toolkit beyond MA.

Site selection process:

  • Six possible locations (Gallops/ Nixes Mate, Georges, Rainsford, Peddocks, Thompson, and Long Islands) are being assessed for logistics and broader impacts; like partnerships, education, and recreation.
  • Scientific considerations for site selection include studying high wave interaction and energy, living shoreline, water quality enhancement, diversity of ecosystems, usefulness of dredge materials, etc.
  • Each island is then rated for suitability.

Selection criteria:

  • Logistical suitability for a living lab (infrastructure, owner support, etc.).
  • Broader impacts (educational, partnership, and recreational opportunities).
  • Scientific considerations.

Next Steps:

  • Continue consulting land owners.
  • Complete matric and develop research model.
  • Create organizational structure.
  • Begin baseline conditions work.
  • Hold pre-application discussions with regulators.

Questions and Answers

Michael Creasey: Inquired about timeline of projects.
Marc Albert: Explained that each study has different timeline. Around 2020-2021, there will be some maps and products.
Michael Creasey: Inquired about the ability to apply living lab lessons on a broader scale.
Sonja Plesset: Used seawalls as an example of scale, explaining that Stone can test out different ways to work with seawalls, like how they can be built to provide ecological, recreational, and other benefits.
Then, each can be tested in a “low risk environment,” since islands don’t have critical infrastructure. Results from those tests can be shared with municipalities.
Elizabeth Solomon: Inquired what infrastructure would be necessary for a viable lab.
Sonja Plesset: Explained that partnering with UMass Boston has provided the lab space needed for the project. Infrastructure needs now just include making the island accessible for researchers with water, camping, bathrooms, ADA accessibility, etc.
Marc Albert: Added that the project also would have researchers bring students out, requiring a participatory/ meeting space.
Arthur Pearson: Asked for clarification on range of project going into Maine.
Marc Albert: Clarified that models are site specific, involving Acadia, but not the whole gulf of Maine. Fred Laskey: Asked if models could work on shorelines in addition to on islands and what permits and approvals might be involved.
Sonja Plesset: Provided that a shore-based solution is being evaluated as one option, but that islands offer better solutions due to the lack of critical infrastructure and the ecosystems found on island that don’t exist on-shore.
Marc Albert: Added that in order to attract ongoing research, location needs to be more scientifically-free to protect islands. The host island is not the extent of the research, the host provides the home-base, but the whole archipelago and harbor will be grounds for learning.
Sonja Plesset: Added that an island location gives the living lab more visibility and elevates the basis of study.
Michael Creasey: Inquired about the timeframe for use of dredge material.
Sonja Plesset: Explained that conversations are ongoing to see if rock material can be utilized. Gaining dredge material can be coordinated with Army Corps projects up and down the coast if current materials can’t be used.

Marc Albert: Addressed earlier question on permitting. Gaining approvals will be extensive and difficult, which is why landowner buy-in is so critical.
Rob Moir: Added that as an educator, going out to Deer Island with school groups has been great. Suzanne Gall Marsh: Asked how sites on Gallops and Lovells Islands that with archeological resources will be protected.
Marc Albert: Explained that those are very large areas and each dot just represents a sample site. The whole of some islands are archeological sites.
Cathy Stone: Added that in a meeting with regulators, alternative mechanisms can’t always be approved because they don’t have data, so a lot of this information leads to scaling.
Fred Laskey: Thanked the Stone Foundation for this research on behalf of BHI Partnership.

Resilient Boston Harbor Vision

Alison Brizius and Richard McGuiness, City of Boston (PowerPoint presentation)

  • Mayor Walsh has announced a new vision for a resilient Boston harbor.
  • Vision was created to unify three neighborhood-by-neighborhood analyses.
  • Goal is to create more green space, beaches, and waterfront parks- all to bring more people to the harbor; using the threat of sea level rise to create opportunity.
  • Shared maps with visions for Belle Isle Marsh, Constitution Beach, Downtown, South Boston, Seaport, and Dorchester Heights.

Questions and Answers

Arthur Pearson: Inquired about the use of berms with New Orleans as an example.
Alison Brizius: Explained that barriers can vary, but everything City is doing is still in model-phase right now.
Richard McGuiness: Further clarified that in some cases, physical modifications will include things like subtle elevation changes, parks, etc., not always physical walls and berms.
Alison Brizius: Elaborated that through the creation of green space, views may not need to be blocked. Strategic points can be targeted to block water in order to gain time before further interventions are needed. This will require all agencies working in unison to stitch parcels together and to obtain funding. Richard McGuiness: Explained that the City has applied for a federal pre-disaster mitigation grant for the former Gillette property. The grant is for design, engineering, and construction.
Kathy Abbott: Added that there will also be a need private sector investment.
Michael Creasey: Inquired if the island studies can inform some of this decision making.
Alison Brizius: Answered that City will be doing some immediate short-term interventions, but do need more studies on how to revitalize and protect ecosystems. Island studies will be helpful. The second part of the plan will focus on reducing emissions to mitigate the need for interventions.
Elizabeth Solomon: Asked what timeframe will be used to address the issue.
Alison Brizius: Explained that the planning is not based on a timeframe, but rather on a level of resilience- with planning for 40 inches of sea level rise and 1% annual chance storm, the target is around 2070s, however the overall focus is on climate-readiness.
Elizabeth Solomon: Added that planning for 50 years may not be broad enough.

Alison Brizius: Elaborated that Greater Boston Research Advisory Group continues to assess climate risk and give City new information and projects to inform the planning horizon.
Michael Creasey: Added that the Mayor’s plan to reduce emissions lends itself to a broader longer-range plan.
Alison Brizius: Furthered that implementation of the emissions reduction plan will inform the planning team if 7 feet of projected rise is enough mitigation or if planning is needed for greater rise.
Elizabeth Solomon: Asked what city is doing to encourage developers to plan for resilience, specifically in the Seaport district.
Richard Solomon: Responded that all recent development is done with resilience planning in place, gave examples of elevated floors, additional clearance, LEED certification, etc. Projects 50 SF or greater now have to demonstrate resilience in planning and design. Smart utilities planning requires projects 100,000 SF or greater need to plan for storm water onsite. All development plans for new growth are accounting for resilience. Existing and older buildings are vulnerable and will need protections individually with retrofitting. There are over 86,000 current buildings in the City that need retrofits.
Michael Creasey: Asked what planning is in place for infrastructure.
Alison Brizius: Explained that the city has planned for layered resilience with active participation with MassPort, MBTA, etc.
Richard McGuiness: Furthered that DPW has guidelines for improving sidewalks, roadways, etc. Arthur Pearson: Inquired about impacts on shipping.
Richard McGuiness: Responded that certain areas, like Marine Park, Conway Terminal, etc. need to remain open. Docking and other systems need to be integrated into planning.
Rob Moir: Commented that he is glad to see nature being used as a sponge. Added that there were challenges in the Mystic River last year with loss of fish population.

Peddocks Island Planning Update

Cheri Ruane, Weston & Sampson Design Studio

  • Have started compiling various scenarios for Peddocks.
  • Strategizing for programming and infrastructure needs to support programming.
  • Working to GPS current infrastructure on-island that is deteriorating.
  • Considering pilot projects on-island:
  • One potential is growing oysters in a protected environment that the public can see and learn from.
  • Developing governance and economic conditions analysis of the island.
  • A plan for public engagement has been developed:
  • All information will be presented through a series of open houses so that planning team can learn from the public.

Questions and Answers

Elizabeth Solomon: Inquired if potential scenarios will be presented to the Partnership prior to the open houses.
Cheri Ruane: Responded that the planning team will meet with each organization in advance of public houses, including DCR, NPS, and BHN.
Jack Murray: Elaborated that the next step will be to take draft scenarios to BHI operations committee. Explained that there are no current plans for this to go out to the Partnership as a whole before it becomes public.
Elizabeth Solomon: Clarified that not everyone typically present at Partnership meetings attend the operations committee meetings. Expressed desire for the opportunity for Partnership to review scenarios before open houses.
Rob Moir: Asked if BHN could host something after-hours for the Partnership to review scenarios. Jack Murray: Answered that a Partnership meeting could be scheduled after hours.
Elizabeth Solomon: Expressed concern that there has been no outreach to Native American communities throughout this project.
Cheri Ruane: Explained that no groups have been reached out to yet and that planning for public engagement is happening now.
Elizabeth Solomon: Noted that outreach to Native American communities should not be conflated with outreach to the general public.
Rob Moir: Commented that Native American communities are a part of the Partnership, which was the point of the advisory council.
Kristen Wyman: Added that the advisory council has always been an avenue for public input, reaching Native American communities and beyond. Commented that there does not seem to be a process in place at all for Native American engagement. Expressed that there should be a process for working with advisory council even though they are suspended, since they have historically handled public outreach. Suzanne Gall Marsh: Added that the advisory council is an ambassador to the public and that the suspension should not mean that public engagement cannot happen.
Kristen Wyman: Emphasized that Boston Harbor Islands is a public park that belongs to the American people and that there needs to be an avenue for public engagement beyond a meeting during the business week.
Fred Laskey: Requested clarification in what was being requested. Inquired if this request is for a meeting of the advisory council or for a process of Native American engagement.
Elizabeth Solomon: Responded that the request is for plans to be brought to the Partnership meeting. Added that there has been no consultation with Native American communities. Clarified that engagement is needed, as opposed to a briefing.
Fred Laskey: Asked if a meeting can be set up to consult with Native American communities and the advisory council members.
Jack Murray: Responded that this is possible, but that the project is still in its beginning phases. Emphasized that this is not a secret process and this is the third time the Partnership has been briefed. Michael Creasey: Requested clarification on if this would be a meeting of the advisory council.
Fred Laskey: Clarified that this would not be an advisory council meeting.
Jack Murray: Offered that this could be a consultation with Native American communities specifically or it could be included within the operations committee meeting which is scheduled monthly.
Michael Creasey: Suggested that operations committee meeting would be a more appropriate format. Fred Laskey: Clarified that members of the advisory council could be invited, but not in any official advisory capacity. Also suggested that Native American communities be invited.
Rob Moir: Offered that it is not desirable to include this in an operations committee meeting.
Michael Creasey: Agreed to take all suggestions under consideration. Requested concurrence with DCR staff.
Cathy Stone: Suggested that it would be inconsistent with the culture of the Partnership for Native American communities to not be included. Furthered that it was always the Partnership’s intention to include these communities and develop a greater understanding of the islands.
Marc Albert: Added that there was once a planning committee. If the operations committee is best, then that is fine, but there was once a better format for this type of meeting.
Suzanne Gall Marsh: Noted that islands are under-utilized because of the current boat schedule. Emphasized a need for weekend, fall access via inter-island shuttle service.


Alicia Leuba, The Trustees of Reservations

Announced that TTOR is working on:

  • Boston Waterfront Initiative.
  • Agreement with MassPort for a feasibility study.
  • Summer youth employment program through the waterfront ambassadors program.
  • Climate Ready Boston.
  • Partnering with UMass on developing coastal strategies to identify areas of high value habitat and public access that are currently unprotected.
  • Developing a state of the coast report to look at TTOR properties and how they are changing over time.
  • Coastal education work at Crane Beach on impacts of sea level rise. Considering pulling together a state-wide conference for adaptation.

Announced that World’s End parking improvements are done, landscape will now be improved. Will now begin replacing heritage trees and reinvesting in landscape to address drainage throughout property.

Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC)

Shared that TIOBEC is currently:

  • Scaling up current partnerships with BPS. In 5 years, the goal is to reach 2,600 kids each year.
  • Working to restore reliable water to island.
  • Preparing for kids coming back next month.

Announced that TIOBEC:

  • Is a tentative designee for a ramp and float system with BPDA.

Received a CPA grant to restore Salah Hall.

Richard McGuiness, City of Boston

Announced that the City of Boston:

  • Has kicked off planning for North End waterfront to look at various sea-level rise scenarios and how we can augment shorelines, including Long and Central Wharf. Scenarios will result in concept designs, and moving quickly on FEMA grant proposals for pre-disaster mitigation.
  • Working on overlay for sea-level zoning districts for high-risk areas with guidelines to retrofit buildings.

Reminded everyone to sign up for email alerts for your neighborhood.

Priscilla Geigis, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Shared that MA DCR is currently:

  • Working through summer seasonal hiring.
  • Preparing for leadership academy to begin next month with a focus on working together in a changing climate.
  • Training a new Student Conservation Association crew.
  • Continuing with mooring project with 69 moorings slated for installation by April 27. Phase two will add for 49 additional moorings by fall at Peddocks.

Fred Laskey, MA Water Resource Authority

Announced that MWRA is currently:

  • Using revenue from fish licenses to enhance access to fishing via a new pier at Deer Island.
  • Preparing a new cable to go under the harbor.
  • Putting together a workgroup to think about water transportation.

Michael Creasey, National Parks of Boston

Announced that:

  • Opening Day for public ferries is May 18th.
  • Park and partners are hosting a City Nature Challenge event as part of an international bio blitz April 26-29.
  • Volunteer citizen scientists are looking at coastal breeding in early May.
  • NPS is working with TIOBEC to recruit green ambassador youth program.
  • Beth Jackendoff is preparing for parental leave.

Shared proposed schedule and themes for future BHI Partnership meetings:

  • May 21 to focus on island access, requested ideas/input (Moakely, Pierce, Long Wharf, Charlestown shared as ideas).
  • July 16 trip to Peddocks.
  • September 17, considering inviting U.S. congressional delegation for briefing on Harbor Islands Partnership.

CDR Taylor Lam, US Coast Guard

Thanked BHN for looking at funding options for a floating dock at Brewster Island.
Announced that as cruises resume, USCG is looking to address safety concerns, particularly considering the safety of potable water on island.

Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor Now

Thanked everyone for all of today’s presentations.
Shared enthusiasm and gratitude for how the City, Commonwealth, islands, and parks are all so engaged and active, with a shared sense of urgency for the changing climate.
Shared that water transportation contract loses money every year. A lot of marketing money that was once infused in the park has stopped.

Announced that BHN:

  • Will be putting substantial funding into marketing ferry access this year.
  • Will be getting two new tents on Spectacle this year funded by CPA grants.
  • Currently recruiting a volunteer manager.
  • Has selected two artists-in-residence for this summer, a poet and quilter.
  • Has scheduled Spectacle on Spectacle for June 20.

Public Comment

Tani Marinovich, new President of Save the Harbor, Save the Bay

  • Announced a Destination Boston Harbor event next Thursday night to honor Patty Foley for her accomplishments over the past 20 years. Email Tani for more info.

Suzanne Gall Marsh, Founder, Friends of Boston Harbor Islands

  • Announced a public cruise on May 5th will celebrate the 40th anniversary of FBHI. Cruise is free and open to the public. Boston Harbor Cruises has donated the boat to be used.

Kristen Wyman, member of the Nipmuc Tribe

  • Encouraged all who are thinking about resilience to consider tribes that have survived mass removal and incarceration on islands. Emphasized that we are in colonized spaces and that Nipmuc is a recognized tribe. Reminded Partnership that there are many different nations that see this as their space. Emphasized the importance of teaching youth about the history of the islands and Native spaces. Expressed concern about Long Island and bridge project with Native American communities not being considered. Encouraged Partnership to remember that you cannot begin a system of resilience starting with the Mayflower’s arrival, but need to consider historic use of places. Requested a more robust Native American engagement process, with a reminder that some communities are not federally recognized and are being left out of engagement processes with the advisory committee’s current suspension. Emphasized that the suspension should not dictate the level of Native American engagement.


Motion to adjourn by Richard McGuiness, seconded Kathy Stone. Motion approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm.

November 21, 2018

Meeting Location: Wilmer Hale, 60 State Street, 26th Floor, Boston, MA
3:00-4:30 pm


Elizabeth Solomon, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council
Carolyn Fiore, Massachusetts Water Resource Authority
Frederick Laskey, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
CDR Taylor Lam, United States Coast Guard
CAPT Eric Doucette, United States Coast Guard
Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor Now
Cathy Stone, Boston Harbor Now
Michael Creasey, National Park Service
Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Leo Roy, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Priscilla Geigis, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Susan Kane, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Jocelyn Forbush, The Trustees of Reservations
Stewart Dalzell, Massachusetts Port Authority

Call to Order and Introductions

Chairman Fred Laskey called meeting to order at 3:03 PM.
A motion was made by Cathy Stone to approve minutes from previous meeting, seconded by Leo Roy. The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.


Peddocks Island Master Plan

Cheri Ruane, Weston & Sampson (PowerPoint)

Weston & Sampson reflected on what they heard at the last meeting, including:

  • There are sensitive resources of the island that need to be respected and any re-programming or new elements introduced will consider all cultural sensitivities.

  • Any changes to the island will be done in coordination with DCR, NPS, BHN, and
    all stakeholders with the park’s legislation in mind.

Weston & Sampson had a two day workshop with their project team. They spent one full day at Peddocks and spent the second day visiting other islands. Other accomplishments include:

  • Working on a renewable energy audit to understand the island’s power to produce energy.
  • Reviewing archival documents from DCR to understanding both existing and previous thinking about the island.
  • Considering examples from other cities, ferry schedules, and other logistical components.
  • Have pushed forward a number of the projected scenarios (detailed at previous meeting).
    • Scenarios are being narrowed and focused.

Next steps: On December 18th, there will be a workshop with the steering committee project crew to flesh out each scenario as it relates to permitting, legislation, and financial feasibility. Following the meeting, technical memorandums will be issued and pilot programs will begin next summer.

Questions & Answers
(Q) Elizabeth Solomon- Inquired about public input process.
(A) Cheri Ruane- Public meetings will start in early spring.
(Q) Elizabeth Solomon- Concerned that public input will not be received early enough to be fully incorporated into each pilot.
(A) Cheri Ruane- Explained that the ideas for each pilot need to be fleshed out more so that public meetings will lead to a productive dialogue.
(Q) Michael Creasey- Inquired if each pilot will be more programmatic as opposed to focusing on things like infrastructure and developmental changes.
(A) Cheri Ruane- Confirmed programmatic nature of each pilot, adding that no pilot scenarios will be completely developed at the time of the public meetings. Pilots will align with permitting requirements, legislation, the mission of DCR, but won’t be fully developed until public meetings are held and comment is received.
(Q) Marc Albert- Inquired about moving master planning beyond programming to include plans for development within the context of a public engagement process.
(A) Cheri Ruane- Explained that each pilot will first be clarified (to fully understand the challenges each pilot presents) then full landscape strategies will begin to be folded in.

Thompson Island Water Line and Dock Construction Opportunities

Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC)

Two big opportunities exist for us to be better stewards of Thompson Island.

  • Opportunity #1: Create an inclusive gateway to the island for local area students.
    • Current island access begins at a dock at Berth 10 inside the seaport (built in early 1990s).
    • TIOBEC wants to upgrade this access point and share it widely.
    • Have submitted a proposal to BPDA to build a new dock system that is fully accessible.
      • Proposal would replace the dock in its current location but reduce the dock’s slope at all tidal levels to meet compliance standards.
      • If funded, TIOBEC would consider sharing dock space with any interested parties.
  • Opportunity #2: Provide running water on island for this and future generations.
    • Current water delivery system is through a pipeline (constructed in the 1950s) that connects Thompson Island with Squantum and Quincy through a narrow strip of land under water.
    • On September 23rd, water stopped flowing to Thompson Island due to a breach in the pipeline.
    • TIOBEC spent 2-3 weeks isolating the site of the leak with help from a dive team.
    • Eventually, the pipeline was patched and water came back on.
    • Without water, staff at TIOBEC successfully continued to provide programming with creative use of a barge, water trucks, and portable restrooms, which was not easy nor inexpensive.
    • A total replacement will need to be considered as the current pipeline is aged and susceptible to corrosion.
      • TIOBEC has received varying rough estimates ranging from $600,000 to 1.9 million; all from engineers with very different design ideas.

Questions & Answers
(Q) Elizabeth Solomon- Expressed concern for archeological sensitivity of pipeline area (existing and future) and voiced need to consider use of techniques that ensure that archeological sites are not disturbed.
(A) Arthur Pearson- Ensured all that TIOBEC has knowledge of archeological considerations and will utilize all necessary consultants throughout the planning process.

Harbor Dredging Update

Stewart Dalzell, Massachusetts Port Authority (Powerpoint)

MassPort, Army Corps, and other agencies have been working together to look at deepening the harbor for a long time.

  • Current Dredging Plans:
    • Deepen the entrance channel (-51’).
    • Deepen areas leading up the reserve (-47’). o Deepen outer channel (-51’).
    • Deepen inner harbor and anchorage off deer island (-47’).
    • Operate 2-3 dredging systems at same time in different locations, starting late summer.
  • All plans are currently ahead of anticipated schedule.
  • After dredging, MassPort will have an estimated 12 million yd3 of gravel, silt, and clay; in addition to 380,000 yd3 of rock that will need to be broken up.
    • Materials will be taken to a Mass Bay disposal site ~20 miles off shore, adjacent to an industrial waste site.
    • Army Corps is open to alternative plans for dredge waste.
  • Project timeline:
    • Partnering Agreement Execution- September 2017.
    • Mechanical Dredging Contract Award- February/ March 2018.
    • Mechanical Dredging Contract Completion- 2021.
    • Fast Rock Removal Contract Start- 2020.
    • Fast Rock Removal Contract Finish- 2021.

Mass Port is working on the following additional projects:

  • Conley Terminal Berth 10 Improvement Project.
    • Constructing new deep-water container ship berth at former Coastal Oil property.
    • Dredging both the new Berth 10 and existing Berth 11 (-50’).
    • Project Timeline:
      • Phase I- Bulkhead, dredging, and rock removal.
        • Construction mobilization- July 2018.
        • Demolition of existing structures and bulkhead installation- ongoing.
        • Dredging and rock removal- Fall of 2018.
        • Work completion- Late 2020.
      • Phase II- Pile driving, deck construction, utilities.
        • Bid has been awarded.
        • Construction commencement- early 2019.
        • Cranes.
          • Proposal accepted, under review.
        • Project completion- 2021.
  • Thomas E. Butler Memorial Park.
    • Located on East First Street in South Boston.
    • Includes a noise buffer for community benefit.
  • Hank Miller Memorial Park.
    • Located on Summer Street in South Boston.

Questions & Answers
None; discussion from audience members about how seamless dredging project has been without interruption to ferry schedules, transportation, etc.

Partnership Investment Reporting

Michael Creasey, National Parks of Boston
National Park Service staff would like to capture the amount of non-federal and federal dollars that are spent each year by all Partnership members on projects related to the mission of Boston Harbor Islands. Information was captured in previous years and presented to congressional leadership to display the power that partnerships can have to leverage private sector dollars in support of public lands. NPS&#’; requests updates from the group.

Elizabeth Solomon, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council: Council is still suspended and unable to meet, no updates.

Carolyn Laskey, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority: No updates.

Fiore Eric CAPT and Doucette Taylor Lam, United States Coast Guard: No updates.

Kathy Abbott and Cathy Stone, Boston Harbor Now:

  • Continuing to work on coastal resiliency project with Stone Foundation and other partners to look for potential sites that may or may not work for dredging materials.
  • Water transportation, food service on the islands, and more options will be looked into in the upcoming year.
  • Had a wrap-up for last year’s artists-in-residence program and unveiled a new CRD for the upcoming year’s artist-in-residence program.

Thinking about how programs are packaged and marketed, will be adding
marketing funds to almost every project proposal to increase marketing efforts in future years.

Michael RFP, National Parks of Boston:

  • Creasey Navy Yard Visitor Experience Plan is out and funding has been received from Charlestown (totaling 3 million) to activate the Navy Yard.
    • A new visitor experience center will be added at the DOI Store (slated for design this June).
  • Volunteer program had 3,434 volunteers this year; completing 50,230 hours, totaling $1.2 million in in-kind value.
  • A pilot project to create development opportunities as a pipeline for youth employment has completed its first few years. Hoosac staff would like to take this project to a different level with a focus on local youth. Project will teach trade skills in resource management, landscape preservation, etc. to highlight careers in public lands. There will be a workshop in December 2018 and the park may look to the Partnership to help recommend students to enroll or to participate in creating pathways to employment for program youth.
  • Would like to focus the next Partnership meeting on sustainability and sea level rise impacts. Could have Chris Cook talk about the Boston’s sustainability strategy; Cathy Stone discuss NPS) talk about the park’s work with Boston University.

Frederick BHN&#’;s, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority:

  • Working to replace electrical lines to Deer Island.
  • Moving forward with plans to install a salt water fishing pier off of Deer Island with accessible parking.
    • Working with local residents to address and mitigate concerns of increased access through a congested roadway.

Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound:

  • Extended programming at Thompson Island to 9 total schools that have committed to bring all students in grades 5-8 out to the island. This is a significant expansion from past year’s programming.

Leo Roy, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation:

  • Cemetery renovations on Gallops Island are complete (in this phase). Project found more material than anticipated, which is currently being studied by archeologists. This project provided an interesting study of climate changes impacts on cultural resources.
  • Removed 12 dangerous cottages on NPS, The Trustees of Reservations:

    • Have improved visitor circulation at World’s End.
      • Added ~100 new parking spaces.
      • Changed driving approach, turnaround, and access.
    • Focused on open space in the harbor and considering East Boston opportunity.
    • Wrapping up coastal strategy planning and may have more info to share at next meeting.

    Stewart Laskey, Massachusetts Port Authority: Tom Peddock&#’;s (former CEO) has retired, Forbush is looking towards future progress.

    Public Input

    Dalzell Benjamin Glynn, United States Coast Guard: Developing an annex of all islands that will list out the stewards for each, resources available, and more to be on-hand in the event of a spill or other emergency incident.

    Next Meeting

    Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2019; location MassPort.


    Motion to adjourn the meeting by Leo Roy, seconded by Chairman LCDR. Meeting adjourned at 4:15 Tuxhorn.

    September 18, 2018

    Meeting Location: TBA Hale Offices, 60 State Street, 26th Floor, Boston, MA
    3:00-4:30 Laskey


    Frederick pm, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
    Michael Wilmer, National Park Service
    Captain Eric pm, United States Coast Guard
    Leo Roy, Laskey Creasey, and Susan Kane, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Laura Gilmore (representing Andrew Doucette) Massachusetts Port Authority
    Chris Busch, Boston Planning and Development Agency
    Kathy Abbott and Cathy Stone, Boston Harbor Now
    Alicia Priscilla, The Trustees of Reservations
    Elizabeth Solomon and Rob Geigis, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council

    Call to Order and Introductions

    Chairman Fred Hargens called meeting to order at 3:08 PM.
    A motion was made by Fred Leuba to approve minutes from previous meeting, seconded by Leo Roy. The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.


    Cultural Landscape Draft Study

    Jeff Moir, National Park Service, Laskey Center for Landscape Preservation (Lansky)

    A draft cultural landscape inventory (Killion) of Olmsted is a tool that park managers use to establish baseline information on historically layered landscapes. The PowerPoint identifies and documents the size, location, physical development, characteristics, and defining features of assets within a cultural landscape.

    CLI Updates and Introduction of the Master Plan for Peddock&#’;s Island

    Leo Roy, Commissioner, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation

    CLI Updates:

    • CLI plans for Gallops Island to excavate and identify the remains, left exposed by a succession of powerful winter storms, and re-inter unclaimed sets of remains on the mainland, which will include restoration of the site, will be delayed until the fall.
    • Mooring permits have been forwarded to local commissions, DCR intends to drop moorings in fall to be ready for spring launch, projected 80-90 moorings.

    Peddocks Island:

    • Permitting delays for the demolition of 12 cottages in serious disrepair with safety hazards, are now scheduled for demo in October.
    • DCR Plan will look at the island holistically (accounting for both natural and cultural resources) to envision a future. Will embark on a robust public process to determine the vision of the community and meet the recreational needs of future generations. The DCR process is complete, had 11 submissions with 1 selected consultant – Weston & Sampson.

    DCR Island Master Plan

    Jack Murray, Boston Harbor Now and Peddocks Peddocks, Project Manager, Weston & Sampson

    Jack Murray: The premise of planning effort is to create a 21st century park that is sustainable. We would envision the project would have private investments dollars to build a public/private partnership. There are needs for infrastructure improvement, stabilization, and development. RFP has seen improvements in past years including new electrical service, sewer service, removal of hazardous structures, and stabilizing existing buildings for re-use, including the development and rehabilitation of a visitor center, chapel, and campgrounds. Weston & Sampson has been awarded the contract after a robust selection process. Will be starting with a nine month planning process.

    Peddocks Cheri from Weston & Sampson presented the goals outlined in the Ruane include utilizing an engaged public process, fostering transformational partnerships, and creating a unique island experience. Weston & Sampson surveyed the island; including ferry service, proximity to other islands, transportation challenges, and the 1999 report that studied stabilization, removal of buildings, and getting utilities onsite. They then developed potential business cases for Peddocks as sample Cheri options, including: Organic Growth (ecological growth), Living Lab (scientists onsite to develop climate change solutions), Innovation Island (productive landscape), Corporate Partnership (private sector use), and a minimal intervention approach. Each case shows possibilities, but final plan will probably be a combination of many of the alternatives. The next step will be to develop potential scenarios and test pilots on-island to inform the final plan.

    Questions & Answers
    (Ruane): Elizabeth Solomon: Concerned with cultural resource preservation on-island and its balance with recreation.
    (A): RFI Peddocks: Weston & Sampson will build a robust interdisciplinary team that will ensure a balance of preservation and visitor experience.
    (A): Jack Murray: Will have a steering committee that meets quarterly to report on progress. Project is co-funded by themed and Q who will ensure preservation of resources.
    (Cheri): Rob Ruane: Concerned with current status of advisory council during this period of change.
    (A): Michael DCR: The NPS built public involvement into the process and will present opportunities to engage the public in the planning process.
    (A): Leo Roy: The entire process will be open and transparent.

    Future Resilience Scenarios for Boston Harbor Islands

    Cathy Stone and Q Moir, James Creasey. and RFP D. Stone Foundation (Sonja)

    Cathy Stone: This project was designed to better understand the role that the harbor islands play in protecting the Boston area waterfront from extreme weather events. The harbor islands pose an opportunity to explore how islands could be adapted to reduce wave energy and to identify potential and prevent further erosion that is happening at a rapid pace. People are also exploring the opportunities for island enhancements – i.e. enlarging or altering islands for ecological, recreational, and resilience purposes.

    Plesset M: This project has just begun. Stone Foundation has developed a diverse steering committee, commissioned a technical study, and convened a design Cathleen. The study has found that the islands significantly reduce wave height and energy, protecting the harbor. Possible enhancement locations were identified, including Gallops Islands- Nixes Mate linkage, PowerPoint Island, Georges Island Sonja Enhancement, and the creation of a “New Island” near Pleasure Bay. These ideas were presented at a Plesset at Harvard Graduate School of Design that included a broad array of representatives from private foundations, government agencies, and educational institutions. Each group was asked to consider a possible enhancement scenario based on their professional area of expertise. The Stone Foundation will next meet with regulators, owners, and stakeholders to create a decision matrix with public input and begin to rank each potential site.

    Partnership Roundtable Updates

    Chairman Fred charrette requests updates from the group.

    Laura Gilmore (representing Andrew Rainsford), Massachusetts Port Authority: MA Port has been working on development of the public realm, particularly in South Boston. Intertidal will be issued for charrette Building 5 and 6 development opening in October with new housing units. MA Port Marine Terminal is breaking ground in October.

    Rob Laskey, Advisory Council: No updates, Advisory Council has not been able to meet.

    Chris Busch, Boston Planning and Development Agency: State grants are starting up this fall, looking at funding mechanisms to enhance shoreline protection in East Boston and Hargens neighborhood. Another grant moving forward will look at flood resiliency overlay, planning for sea-level rise and zoning that can enhance preparedness with design guidelines to retrofit new buildings. Planning is underway for master planning in RFQ, the New Market District downtown, and a new community planning process for East Boston.

    Captain Roseland, Moir: Difficult winter last year at Little Charlestown Island. Mattapan has been looking at work there and have had several site visits to evaluate damages. Have had some turnover and are orienting new staff (welcome Commander Lam) to the Harbor Islands. Doucette is in recovery mode from island damage last year and is starting to prepare for winter storms this year.

    Michael USCG, Brewster: Looking forward to helping restore Little USCG Island with USCG and would be hopeful to have future public access. The partnership among Creasey, NPS, Brewster and Boston Harbor Cruises went well. There was a lot of programming this season; Michael asked USCG staff to provide updates:

    • Lighthouse cruises were a great success (prototyped 15 cruises for almost 800 people).
    • Engaged over 6,000 people at welcome center programs.
    • Brought first time campers to DCR) crew engaged 144 youth campers, 3 BHN youth interns reached over 900 visitors.
    • Hosted Discovery Camps with NPS and NPS staff, including 4 Peddock&#’;s interns to reach 475 youth from YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs.
    • Thompson Island Outward Bound reached 48 YCC, employing 12 Student Conservation Association interns to facilitate programs on-island, with a focus on stewardship and land preservation.
    • Entering third year of a public lands fellowship that teaches youth about careers in public land, efforts this fall will focus on engaging partners in fellowship opportunities.

    Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor NOW: Raised funds for 485 free programs on island this summer, which brought 35,000 YCC youth on island. Save the Harbor, Save the Bay reached 10,000 people on-island this year.

    Leo Roy, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation: Gave reports at beginning of meeting, see above.

    Alicia DCR, The Trustees of Reservations: Currently developing coastal strategies, will likely have at next meeting. At World’s End, have nearly finished visitor experience and circulation project that addresses transportation and backup issues. About to start landscape restoration project to establish World’s End landscape features. Nick Black reported on the NPS and have applied for partnership matching funds to restore the oil house on YCC Island over the next two years. Have begun fundraising (need $75,000) and have more info about the project on their YCC. Planning a New Year’s Day trip to Thompson Island.

    Resident of underserved Island: Looking for information on vacated space on structure being removed. Leuba provided additional information.

    Save the Harbor, Save the Bay: Offered assistance advancing public concerns during time period in which Advisory Council cannot meet.

    Next Meeting

    Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 20, 2018.


    Motion to adjourn the meeting by Chairman TTOR&#’;s, seconded by Leo Roy. Meeting adjourned.

    May 15, 2018

    Location: Offices of DCR Hale, 60 State St, Lovells, MA
    Time: 3:00-4:30 website

    Fred Peddocks, DCR (Chair)
    Austin Laskey, City of Boston (Vice Chair)
    Kathy Abbott, Boston Harbor Now
    Michael Wilmer, National Park Service (Bostoon)
    Stewart pm, Massachusetts Port Authority
    Laskey MWRA, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (Blackmon)
    Claudia Creasey, United States Coast Guard (NPS)
    Susan Kane, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Dalzell Brad Kelly,United States Coast Guard (Priscilla)
    Jocelyn Geigis,The Trustees of Reservations (DCR)
    Richard Gelzer, Boston Planning and Development Agency (USCG)
    Rob CDR, Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council
    Jack Murray,Boston Harbor Now
    Leo Roy, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (USCG)

    Call to Order and Introductions:

    Chairman Fred Forbush calls meeting to order at 3:08 PM.

    Approval of minutes: moved and seconded; approved
    A motion was made by Fred TTOR, seconded by Austin McGuinness. The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.

    Partnership Business

    1. Recognition

    The Partnership recognized the following individuals for contributions to advancing the goals of the Partnership relative to Harbor Islands development, stewardship, access and visitor experience:

    • Marianne Connolly (newly retired BPDA): Fred Moir and Michael DCR recognized Marianne Connolly’s many public service roles associated with Boston Harbor Islands and other public lands, including land acquisition associated with Pope John Paul Park; Laskey- Improvements to Deer Island Laskey facilities, Blackmon Aqueduct Trails (bike and walking paths; 39 miles of trails). MC presented with early map of Boston Harbor, including Deer Island. Marianne recalled early drafts of the park legislation and the number of people who said there wouldn’t be a park to talk about until 2016. Today, Marianne encourages young people to remember that things happen in increments and not to get impatient – things take time, keep believing. Marianne also thanked the Partnership and its membership for support and effort to make the islands a bigger and better part of the Boston metropolitan area
    • Captain Claudia MWRA, Laskey Commanding Officer Sector Boston (retiring): Recognized by Fred Creasey and Michael MWRA. Recognition for oversight of coastal safety, security, and environmental protection from the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border south to Plymouth and for management, oversight and partnership work associated with Boston Light. Presented with framed 1848 harbor map. Claudia: This is a powerful group; spent my career focusing on protecting the water; protecting the islands has been a focus; public access to Little MWRA of prime importance. Thanks to all for continuing to protect the harbor
    • Brad Kelly, MWRA Deputy Commanding Officer Sector Boston (heading to new assignment in Canada): Recognized by Fred Gelzer and Michael USCG for leadership service to Sector Boston, including commitment and contributions to public programming and care of Little Laskey and Boston Light. Presented with framed 1700s historic map of Boston harbor and islands. Brad: upon arriving at Boston (from the south) always had a strong appreciation for the islands.
    Nomination of New Partnership List
    Nominations to be presented to the Secretary. Five positions to fill: two Creasey positions (created by Claudia and Brad’s departures); nomination for Cathy Stone has been received; Brewster to fill behind Giles Parker; USCG to fill Marianne Connolly.

    1. Measuring and Modeling Change on the Boston Harbor Islands (see Laskey)
    Marc Albert (Natural Resource and Stewardship Program Manager, Creasey), Amanda Brewster (USCG Climate Change Response Specialist), NPS Hughes (Boston University, Earth & the Environment, Research Assistant Professor), Julie MWRA (Consultant, Climate Science and Communication)

    Marc: overview of project scope and goals: Work is year one of a three year study supported with federal funding (project title: Inspiring Coastal Change Adaptation through locally scaled vulnerability analysis)

    • Focus year #1: Georges, ppt and Gallops Islands
    • Focus year #2 (2019): Thompson,
    • Focus Year #3 (2020): Calf, Little NPS and Great Babson

    Amanda: Findings will help inform partnership practices. NER partnership as case study for prototyping protocols and assessing possibilities for developing a replicable model.

    Zoe: Reviewed key research questions and methodology

    Julie Wormser: Science Communication

    Communication element as key to the study. Three communication methods/audiences developed and prototyped with goal of engaging broad/diverse audiences with varied interests and motivations
    • Communication with partners, stakeholders
    • Science in the Park: summer programming with youth in the parks (coastal change)
    • Crowd Lovells citizen science with volunteers posting images and information - - in real time; looking to install picture posts on the islands so that people post their cameras and take shots from the same place for comparisons over time

    Marianne Connolly: Asked why Deer Island not included in study; referenced 5-7 years of monitoring and studying at Deer Island which demonstrated accretion as opposed to erosion.
    Team response: The suite of islands was selected, in part, to assess impacts on different environmental systems/conditions. Island selections reflect a representative sample. Deer Island was considered and the team was in communication with Brewster. Received notification of non-interest.

    2. Brewster comment on management of Little BHI and Boston Light
    Zoe Wormser Brad Kelly & Captain Claudia sourced
    Currently there is no MOA or MWRA for caring for Little USCG. Brewster, USCG and CDR developed a charter for the relationship and are working on a MOA to define roles and responsibilities relative to management, care and public access/programming associated with Little Gelzer. MOA will provide a framework for working together to develop a strategy for long-term management, maintenance and care of Little MOU.
    – Recent storm damage was significant, which, in part, is resulting in a pause in visitation/public programming. Rather than island visits, working to develop a harbor tour that will include three lighthouses.
    – CG: Long-term, Brewster may not be the best caretaker for Little USCG. It’s not really part of their mission; issue has been raised before; potentially time to re-engage in this conversation

    BHN recognized for taking steps to codify relationships with a focus on management, care and public access to/of Little NPS.
    3. Water Transportation Study (Brewster)
    Alice Brown, Director of Water Transportation, Brewster
    • Findings from Water Transportation Strategy
    • Preparing for 2018 season
    • New ferry schedule and loop schedule; reduced ferries in the spring and fall;
    • intra island is only Friday – Sunday;
    • Studying visitation (USCG/Brewster Steven Thompson)
    • Developing an USCG for 2019 - five year contract; Brewster to be released after Labor Day (in the process of doing a market analysis to understand value of service and use this to develop draft ppt which will be circulated for feedback)

    MC: Transportation study, including data analysis provided by S Thompson, raises a lot of interesting questions: infrastructure, transportation assumptions, island amenities, ferry rates.


    How might we activate the islands in new ways?
    What is island carrying capacity?
    How might we increase public interest in the islands? Make the trip worth the while and lead to a return trip?
    What keeps people on the islands or entices them to come back?
    4. Waterfront Symposium
    Update from BHN NPS, Director of Planning, NER

    Mayors’ panel discussion May 24

    Discussion with Mayor Kim RFP of Salem, Mayor Thomas McGee of Lynn, and Mayor Martin RFP. Walsh of Boston on the harbor’s role in the regional economy, climate resilience, public access and open space, water transportation, and public health and well-being.

    May 30: Boston Harbor for All: Advancing Collaborative Action
    • Keynote: Mitchell Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner
    Day-long symposium on how to realize the opportunities for great public spaces and parks, more equitable and innovative development, a strong working port, and long-term climate resilience

    Partnership Roundtable Updates

    Chairman Fred RFI requests updates from the group.

    Jack Murray (Meera): Capital planning – received information from all partners except the city and Deean. Currently have 43 projects totaling 48 million dollars;
    BHN Master Plan Driscoll just released – tour for interested parties June 1, questions by June 10, proposals due June 22; councils of real estate also partnering on the J Project - - will assess plan once developed to assess real estate values; Army Corps of Engineers – pushing Corps for moorings program for the island; Spectacle marina will be up and running this season.

    Stewart Laskey (BHN): Continued focus on resiliency per Sustainable BPDA (sustainability vision) – looks at waterfront and other parcels; working with Army Corps on harbor dredging project to begin spring or early summer; excited about getting ready to support new berths as part of channel deepening project

    Comment from Kathy Abbott (Peddocks): Recommends Jim RFI
    at 60: Shaping the future since 1956. Great account on the development and history of Boston harbor.

    Leo Roy (Peddocks): Dalzell cottages being removed this month – removing hazardous materials and then taking down the cottages; Gallops Island work – renovation to the cemetery, disinterment – goal is to accomplish this work in a low key and respectful way, island is closed and off limits to the public; Commissioner is hopeful that the mooring permit will come in – latest word is that MassPort will have permits at the end of this week - - Massport has gear and tackle – just waiting for permits.

    Kathy Abbott: June 21 is Spectacle on Spectacle – gala; grant with BHN – Aloisi&#’;s public benefits of the mitigation licenses - - idea is to get more people down to the waterfront and on the harbor walk - - - private sector funding via chapter 91

    Michael Massport: shout out to people who made presentations; codifying DCR agreement, dealing with Little Peddocks post storm; Jack, Susan and DCR working hard on moorings and upgrades which will make a big visitor first difference this summer; DCR newspapers hot off the press tomorrow; season opening will be this Saturday (5/19)– Long Wharf North – Michael, Kathy and Leo (possibly Chris Cook) will be there for ribbon cutting

    Fred DPD: signed daylighting with fisheries for fishing pier on Deer Island;

    Austin Creasey: 1) Mayor Walsh hosting international climate conference on June 7 - - 30 mayors with John Kerry keynoting - - mayoral commitment to climate resilience; 2) Climate Ready Boston - - pushing forward with that – finishing up shovel ready projects for fort point channel, USCG Boston is in the process of finishing harbor barriers study should be distributed later this summer - - feasibility study - - constructing something like a wall will take 30-40 years - - need to do more coastal things in the interim; 3) Long Island – Mayor Walsh made it a priority to reconstruct bridge to provide support services for recovery communities - - pursuing permits;

    Richard Brewster (DCR): Secured approval for downtown redevelopment plan BHI pavilion to docks; dock reconfiguration; renewed gateways to the islands

    Brad Kelly: 1) Coast Guard and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection responded to a dielectric oil leak Friday in the Mystic River. Discovered pipe leaking under I-93 bridge in Somerville; it has been dealt with - - no more active leaking, though the ground is saturated; taking steps to Laskey; 2) Friday, May 18 the MOU Constitution will be underway and Blackmon will be assisting – robust security package; 3) Active shooter training on May 23 -taking plan from notification to accessing ferry to assessing and taking action on situation and assisting survivors.

    Rob umass (Advisory Council): teamed up with Donald Blair physicist to measure temperature with depth using DIY techniques; device accurately recorded temperature to depth; currently prototyping different ways to measure temperature and salinity of Boston Harbor water masses (citizen science implications)

    Next Meeting

    Next meeting scheduled for July 17. Potential trip to the islands. Presentation on work supported by the Stone Foundation.

    Chairman Fred McGuiness adjourns meeting at 4:31 PM.

    March 20, 2018

    Location: Offices of BPDA Hale, 60 State Street, Boston, MA
    Time: 3:00-4:30 Greenway


    remediate USS – Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (USCG)
    Susan Kane – Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Alicia Moir – The Trustees of Reservations (Laskey)
    Richard Wilmer – Boston Planning and Development Agency (pm)
    Michael Priscilla – National Park Service (Geigis)
    Chairman Fred DCR– Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (Leuba)
    Vice Chairman Austin TTOR – City of Boston
    Arthur Pearson – Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (McGuinness)
    BPDA Brad Kelly – United States Coast Guard (Creasey)
    NPS Cavanaugh – Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council (Laskey Advisory Council)
    Rob MWRA – Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council
    Jack Murray – Boston Harbor Now
    Austin Blackmon – City of Boston

    Call to Order and Introductions:

    Chairman Fred TIOBEC calls meeting to order at 3:06 PM.

    Approval of December 5, 2017 Meeting Minutes
    A motion was made by Austin CDR, seconded by Fred USCG. The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.

    Partnership Business

    Storm Impact Discussion
    This section supported by images shared via Maureen. Retrieve BHI from Fred Moir.

    Flood barriers were deployed to protect electrical equipment and other important assets. In order to save time and effort, some may stay up semi-permanently. Communication and logistics for barrier implementation was the biggest challenge, but all in all it was pretty successful.

    Laskey: Susan Kane
    At Blackmon Beach, water flooded completely down Laskey Ave for the first time in at least ten years. Water overtopped the storm barricades, filled in the labor yard and flooded many buildings. At one point, they had to pull vehicles out because the water was flooding into truck cabs. Large sections of sidewalk and roadway were dislodged.

    The islands also suffered a great deal of damage, thankfully most of it was not to the docks. On Spectacle, the yurt dome came off and skin was ripped, which needs repair. On Georges, sea wall damage continues to be a threat.

    In powerpoint, the commuter boat walkway structure is damaged. The long wooden pier separating the ppt and Laskey buildings and the buildings flooded. Massport and DCR will need to work together to address this so it doesn’t impact ferry service.

    Nantasket: Nantasket Brad Kelly
    The boardwalk has come loose and Run into the historic boathouse on Little Hingham. These two structures have been damaged several times in recent storms. Discussions are happening to determine if they can repair it by summer season, but DCR needs to prioritize “operationally significant” resources.

    MBTA: Arthur Pearson
    Thompson Island’s pavilion was almost completely surrounded by water in the flood. The structure is raised up so water can go under it, which it did, so they felt fortunate that they had taken precautions to protect it. Great damage was sustained to the wave wall, which will be tested in upcoming storms. Pipe burst in Lewis caused major damage and has redirected staff time and resources away from island clean-up and opening preparations.

    The Trustees: Alicia MBTA

    There was serious flooding out to and between the two drumlins, but with fairly little damage. Most of the damage was tree damage which will take a lot of work clean up, despite crews coming out from across the state.

    DCR: Fred USCG
    Deer Island’s sea walls were remarkably successful during the flood. The biggest challenge was road flooding, preventing access to the facility.

    Fred CDR (Brewster): As a group, we should chronicle photos that show harbor impacts as we go through these historic changes. We have collected some here, but partners should feel free to add to these as we move forward.

    Capital Plan Roll Up:
    Jack Murray (USCG)

    The goal of this plan is to assess partner needs in a way that allows us to maximize our collective impact over the years to come. By having assessments ready, partners will be able to support each other when opportunities to fund projects arise. Some examples of how this has worked in the past include:
    • TIOBEC and Leuba did an assessment of piers on MWRA, Spectacle, and Georges Islands, which made us eligible for $10,000 of Laskey funding for those repairs
    • Preparedness of a $15 million capital plan on Georges Island
    • Funding preparation enabled us to be eligible for repairs to Little Laskey
    • Kathy Abbott’s successful plan to get water to MWRA, which involved running utility lines from Hull

    We have been eligible for this funding because we have been prepared with reports when opportunities come up. In order to be as prepared as possible, the partnership will gather an inventory of needs so that we can be eligible for as much funding as possible. We’re well on our way to compiling a partnership-wide inventory of needs and capital plans. Phil BHN (formerly of Boston Harbor Island Alliance) will be returning to help put this document together.

    Alicia DCR (NPS): Peddocks provided 3 projects that are high on the “need list”, but the “wish list” is much longer. Is this supposed to be a “needs” list or a “wish” list, because those two things look very different.

    Jack Murray (NPS): It can be helpful to put everything in case any partner can provide resources, but it may also be best to avoid getting the public’s hopes up. It is up to each partner to make that call. Brewster&#’;s may not be in the position to Peddocks around these projects right now, but in the future may have the opportunity to Griffiths for priority projects identified in this plan.

    Leuba Cavanaugh (TTOR Advisory Council): What will be the opportunities for the public to provide input for this document? The advisory council is on a hiatus, but how can we make room for public voice?

    Jack Murray (TTOR): At this point we are identifying projects that are already on the horizon for these groups. Kathy Abbott is looking at opportunities to leave room for input without letting this program grow exponentially.

    Rob BHN (BHN Advisory Council): This is something that should be a comprehensive document. It’s a good opportunity to clue the public in early to what’s going on.

    Fred fundraise (fundraise): If a wish list is created representing all the needs and wants, and we don’t accomplish everything, we need to find a way to focus on our accomplishments and focus on items we may not accomplish.

    Rob Maureen (BHI Advisory Council): It’s not a question of identifying which projects are most popular, it’s about having useful access to this information.

    Michael BHN (Moir): This is a great opportunity for us to get a sense of our collective impact. It can serve as a check-in point to see where we are and find new ways to collaborate, leverage resources and look at where we’re going.

    BHI Laskey (MWRA): This is a great way to get everything out on the table as a first step. If we follow this step by step process, we can identify and pursue more accurately targeted projects.

    Engaging Youth: Harbor Islands Youth Employment and Development Programs
    Moir Stearns (BHI)

    The Boston Harbor Islands Partnership can engage youth as a collective to forge strong connections between people, the islands and resource stewardship.

    Creasey Stearns (NPS) introduces Priscilla Geigis (formerly of DCR Center for Landscape Preservation) as the new National Parks of Boston Youth Employment and Development Specialist.

    Hill to Harbor Corps:

    Liza NPS (Liza)
    Hill to Harbor Corps is a collaborative project between NPS, Celena and Illuzzi. It employs 15-18 year old youth to facilitate recreational and educational experiences for even younger people (YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boston Centers for Youth and Families camp groups).

    Outcomes for youth employees include leadership, civic engagement, resource awareness and resource stewardship. Each program starts in the club, campers visit Georges, Spectacle, and Olmsted Islands for day long experiences and finish with a culminating art reflection experience back at their club.

    Thompson Island Green Ambassadors:
    Jay Celena (Illuzzi)
    The Green Ambassadors program is a collaboration between NPS and NPS which provides summer employment for (35-40) 15-18 year old Boston youth. It provides opportunities for professional development, environmental sciences, character and DCR learning throughout the summer. Interns perform work on each of the islands that they are visiting, with an emphasis on developing STEM skills. Through a sequence of three, 7-week summers, interns develop environmental stewardship, team building and career readiness skills and are introduced to academic and professional pathways to pursue their interests.

    All Access Boston Harbor:
    Chris BHN (Save the Harbor/Save the Bay)
    Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s All Access Boson Harbor provides 15-18 year old youth employees with opportunities to introduce Greater Boston youth (ages 7-12) to the harbor islands through recreation and education, including hands-on STEM activities. Interns learn how we can utilize the Boston harbor as a resource for recreation and education. There is a focus on increasing positive health outcomes and setting interns up for long term success in professional and academic realms.

    All Access Boston Harbor partners with Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and smaller community groups throughout greater Boston area. They take 28 trips per year, engaging 10,000 youth and families from 43 communities. The program employs 19 Boston teens as Junior Program Assistants.

    New England Aquarium Live Blue Ambassadors:

    Marc Albert (Peddocks) – presenting for Lucy Esty (TIOBEC)
    The Live Blue Ambassadors program engages teens in hands on service projects in the coastal area. They are connected mostly through Stewardship Saturdays. Eight teens provide support on NPS stewardship projects every Saturday for most of the year. They’re also taking the lead on MIMIC project to collect and share critical data as part of the marine invader monitoring and information collaborative. Through their work wit Stewardship Saturday, they train volunteers in MIMIC protocols and associated citizen science activities.

    TIOBEC Preservation Program:
    Peter socioemotional, Mancini
    The NPS Preservation Program focuses on developing skills to maintain and preserve historic structures on the Boston Harbor Islands.

    Last summer, they completed projects on Georges, Indge and Bumpkin Islands. On Georges, they assessed windows, repaired and reinstalled some and painted over other boards to give visitors a better sense of what Fort Warren used to look like. They also repaired and replaced some flooring. On NEAQ Island, they cleared and replaced the stairway that connects campground to the Visitor center. On Bumpkin Island, they rehabbed windows, masonry and flooring.

    This year, they have doubled in size and will continue to work on these and similar projects.

    NPS Stearns (AmeriCorps): This group demonstrates incredible initiative and effort to get young people out to our islands.

    Some attributes of successful teen-centric youth employment are:
    • Authentic work and needs
    • Opportunities to work with professionals/experts
    • Youth voice
    • Strategic recruitment
    • Thoughtfully structured scope and sequence
    • Age-appropriate practice
    • Culturally responsive practice
    • Evaluation metrics and methods
    • Family and school-year connections
    • Systemic endorsement – everyone understands value of involving youth
    Partnership Roundtable Updates

    Chairman Fred Seweryn requests updates from the group.

    Fred DCR (AmeriCorps): Marianne Connolly retired.

    Jack Murray (Peddocks): The ferry schedule is being finalized. The hope is to allow the public as many opportunities as possible for people to get to our park. Ferry schedule will go live on March 28. Camping opportunities will follow. They are currently consulting plans to do island repairs. They will continue planning with the Peddocks to increase corporate events and support the public side of island activities.

    Marc Albert (Liza): Thanks Susan for taking lead on partnerships operations committee for so long. Marc will now serve as chair for operations piece of those meetings, and Jack Murray will chair the water transportation piece.

    For stewardship updates, the storms caused significant damage to natural and cultural resources on the islands. The salt marsh on NPS was covered by rocks, and the waves exposed historic resources on other islands.

    Arthur (Laskey) - Will that impact the breeding birds?

    Marc Albert (Laskey): It might be okay, but Audubon, MWRA and BHN are working together on a full monitoring season.

    concessioner Cavanaugh (NPS Advisory Council): The Advisory Council is still suspended, is there any update? Some Advisory Councils are being reinstated. Is there anything ours can be doing?

    Michael Peddocks (TIOBEC): There are a handful of Advisory Councils that have been approved to reconvene, but he has heard nothing so far that would be relevant to the NPS Advisory Council. As soon as he does, he will inform the council members.

    DCR Brad Kelly (NPS): The Coast Guard had a big ice breaking season in December, breaking out facilities to get fuel in etc. The search and rescue season is coming up, and they are partnering with local teams to prepare for the 4th of July and the Boston Marathon.

    Leadership changes are coming to Maureen - A new Sector Commander will be coming in and BHI Brad Kelly will also be leaving.

    Arthur Pearson (Creasey): NPS, training staff and focusing on storm damages. The first students show up in late April and programming is expanding to include a new school from East Boston.

    Austin BHI (City of Boston): The City of Boston has been rededicating itself to work on adapting to climate change. The Boston Harbor Barrier Study will be set to wrap up this summer, which will have important applications for all CDR Partners.

    Fred USCG (USCG): The new fishing pier will require more parking spaces, so they are adding 40 additional parking spaces around fishing pier in the next year.

    Michael CDR (TIOBEC): National Parks of Boston is official as signed by the new Regional Director. It will continue to focus on youth engagement, planning for collective impact, and using the arts to tell our stories.

    Richard TIOBEC&#’;s (onboarding): The five year capital plan, including an assessment of Long Wharf,

    The Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan, should be approved this spring.

    Alicia Blackmon (BHI): Worlds End broke ground on long awaited circulation and parking project to reconfigure traffic circulations to prevent backups. They are also adding 30 additional parking spaces to their lot. They are in the final planning stages of a landscape restoration plan to restore the park to Laskey

    Susan Kane (MWRA): Much of Georges Island is covered with debris and cobble which will take a lot of work to recover. The sea wall is only about 30 feet away from the corner of the fort at this point. There wasn’t too much significant pier damage in the storm, but the water line is down again. Hopefully that can be fixed before the season. Creasey is ready to put out a bid for pier improvements on NPS, Spectacle and Georges, which will improve the visitor experience. Expect that some new moorings will be in place for this season.

    McGuiness BPDA (Leuba): Storm damage is widespread and they are using a GPS app to pinpoint and track damages.
    Park Serve Day is April 28TTOR, there will be a project on Spectacle Island. She also have her thanks to Susan and Peter for their work starting the Olmsted&#’;s Historic Preservation Program.

    Public Comment
    John DCR (DCR): In partnership with Peddocks, Priscilla, Geigis and DCR Evacuation Day cruise with an 11:00 AM departure this Saturday, March 24th.

    Chairman Fred Americorps adjourns meeting at 4:33 PM.


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