Mar 06, 2013 By Cole Chapman, The MetroWest Daily News
BOSTON — Warning that the Massachusetts coastline could face water levels at least two feet higher within 30 years, a group of leaders in government and science met Tuesday to discuss plans to change building codes, slow greenhouse gases and develop disaster plans for future calamities similar to Super Storm Sandy.
Brian Swett, Boston’s chief of Environment and Energy department, described the city’s plans to implement new regulations on new construction, install solar powered street lights, lay out new emergency routes out of Boston and away from flood zones, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s plan to increase trees by 35 percent, or an estimated 100,000 new trees, by 2020.
The new building regulations would place mechanical, electrical, and emergency infrastructures on the roof and create designs to keep key floors above the anticipated water levels of a “100-year storm” (a storm with a one percent probability of happening each year) in 2085.
Sen. William Brownsberger, D–Belmont, highlighted his legislation to form a committee to study the risk factors of rising sea levels and flood scenarios in 2030, 2050, and 2100.