BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a new policy on Friday requiring some city projects to use green infrastructure to keep the city growing and green.
The policy includes five new standard designs to expand small-scale green infrastructure installations in the city to include stormwater mitigation measures and other environmental benefits. Stormwater mitigation in the city will help reduce flooding and filter pollutants from runoff while helping water the city's plant life.
Kate England, Boston's Director of Green Infrastructure, showed elected officials porous pavement in Central Square that allows stormwater to seep through the pavement into a reservoir below. The reservoir water helps keep trees and loose stone trenches hydrated.
"All of that water that's coming off the street is helping these trees grow and thrive," England said.
Mayor Wu said they are also doing curb extensions and sidewalk bump-outs to narrow some city streets making them safer for pedestrians.
"Reduce the distance that pedestrians have to cross the street and the time that it takes, that's been particularly important for our seniors and for families with young children," Mayor Wu said.
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