Savin Hill Cove is a shallow salt water embayment located in Boston across from the University of Massachusetts’ Boston campus. The cove is a salt marsh during periods of low tide and is completely submerged during high tide. Issues that the coast is facing include pollutants and contaminants destroying wildlife and biodiversity due to storm water runoff. However, innovations are being made in the area through projects that include the diversion of storm water runoff away from the bay and the creation of floating islands.
The projects underway in Savin Hill Cove address and work to improve the local environment, economy, social equity, energy, and health. The diversion of storm water runoff away from the cove helps to reduce contaminants and pollutants that enter it, while slowly helping to decrease the amount of contaminants and pollutants currently found in the Cove. The establishment of floating islands reduces the effects of water contamination and helps to restore the quality of Savin Hill Cove using clean energy. Cleaner water in the cove has also been a key factor in the repopulation of local oysters, which have accelerated from less than 200 to the thousands. “Oysters clean the water, remove nitrogen, enhance water clarity, promote eelgrass survival, and provide excellent habitat for myriad juvenile fish and crustaceans” (Rheault 1). As a result of these innovations, the local environment is improving in quality and biodiversity. Along with a healthier environment, comes a better economy and a healthier population. These innovations are being performed by local students and researchers in practical ways that do not negatively affect social equity. Locals can work together to help improve Savin Hill Cove for themselves and their environment. Restoration of Savin Hill Cove and surrounding water areas allow for them to be used recreationally and commercially in sustainable ways. With a healthier cove, the local population or both wildlife and humans would not have to worry about the negative health effects of contaminants and pollutants. The local population and wildlife would be able to enjoy the true nature of Savin Hill Cove. Its restoration allows it to sustainably develop into a greener, more eco-friendly location..
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