Today the Senate debated and passed S2205 the Environmental Bond Bill, which authorizes funds for the preservation and improvement of land, parks and clean energy in the Commonwealth. Senator Brownsberger advocated for several priorities that were adopted in the Senate version of the bill:
- $2 million for Phase II of the Watertown Greenway multi-use path from Arlington St to Fresh Pond
- $7 million for the the design, improvement and reconstruction of the Brighton Allston Swimming Pool
- funds shall be expended for design and reconstruction of the Dartmouth Street, Gloucester Street and Commissioner’s Landings on the Esplanade
- $1 million for projects to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities on the Emerald Necklace Parkways and the Esplanade
- $4 million for public amenities on the Esplanade, including without limitation design, repair, renovations or replacement of the Dartmouth Street Comfort Station
- Fund to be used to study district energy. District energy is the generation and distribution of steam, chilled water and/or electrical energy to a local network of buildings. The City of Boston is promoting district energy to address the reliability of energy systems serving Boston, reduce their environmental impact, and to increase our climate preparedness.
- A $9 million increase in the DCR Natural Resource Restoration and Storm Water Management and Environmental Remediation Account for additional storm water management activities and environmental remediation
- $7 million for the design and construction of 3 pedestrian underpasses adjacent to the Boston side of the Charles river at the River St, Western Ave and Larz Anderson bridges
- $1 million for bicycle and pedestrian safety, signal improvements and traffic calming measures on Alewife Brook parkway and Fresh Pond
- $1 million for the renovation of Parkman Plaza in the Boston Common
You can read the press release issued by the Senate President’s office here.
The bill will now go to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill.
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger