Health & Environment

The Beaches of Boston Harbor

Watch Boston Harbor Now’s most recent Waterfront Wednesdays episode with Director of Planning Alice Brown and Vice President of Partnerships and Operations Jack Murray to learn more about Boston Harbor’s beaches.

In this five minute vlog, Alice and Jack discuss the beaches of Boston Harbor, now some of the cleanest urban beaches in North America. Thirty or forty years ago, this was not the case. In 1984, The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) was created to clean up the Harbor and the Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant was built.

The two talk about their favorite beaches to visit and share a map of all the public beaches in Boston as well as neighboring towns. Most the beaches are operated by the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), who maintain the beaches and train and hire lifeguards.

Watch the full episode in the video above.

Learn more at and follow our coverage of this video series as more episodes are released by searching the tag: Waterfront Wednesdays.

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