Cleaning up Boston’s Harbor and Waterfront: The Boston Foundation, 1986

Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (Duke)



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In 1982, the city of Quincy, Massachusetts, filed suit against the regional agency responsible for sewage management in the forty-three cities and towns that make up the Boston metropolitan area. This was the first of several lawsuits demanding that some relevant government body take responsibility for cleaning up the harbor and nearby waterfront. From very early on, the Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, played a key supporting role in this legal maneuvering and the cleanup that has resulted from it.



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