Technical Tours

The Boston Harbor Cleanup—An Environmental Transformation

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2022
Maximum Capacity: 300 participants
Tour Cost: $25.00 per person
Please join your CMMI colleagues for a unique tour that joins history, politics, and engineering together for a sunset cruise!

The once claimed dirtiest harbor of America is now part of a state-of-the-art treatment plan for the disposal of wastewater from Boston and its surrounding communities. Recognized as one of the nation’s greatest environmental achievements, is the so called harbor clean-up, with an investment of more than $4.5 billion in the treatment facilities. Boston Harbor consists of an inner and outer harbor with a size of fifty square miles, a shoreline or 180 miles and 34 harbor islands.

The Boston Harbor tour consists of a 90–minute chartered harbor cruise, showing attendees some of the many improvements such as the South Boston Combined Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Tunnel Project, which has made the beaches of North Dorchester Bay the cleanest urban beaches in America, as well as elements of the Big Dig—including Spectacle Island—which has been capped with dredge spoil from the Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel and transformed from a dumpsite into a popular destination in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Refreshments available for purchase.

The narrated portion of the tour will be led by Bruce Berman, Director of Communications Strategy and Programs for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a non-profit public interest harbor advocacy organization made up of thousands of citizens, as well as scientists, and civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders. Learn more at
Sunday, July 8, 2022
5:15 pm Depart Marriott Copley Place
5:45 pm Arrive at Waterfront
6:00 – 7:30 pm Tour through Boston Harbor
7:30 – 8:00 pm Depart Waterfront and return to Marriott Copley Place
The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation National Science Foundation Northeastern University

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