Remember Boston’s Big Dig?

Over the past 10 years, MSD has invested more than $400 million toward achieving compliance with a federal Consent Decree. Now MSD has begun spending another $200 million on a tunnel under downtown, the Ohio River and Butchertown to store sewage-displacing rainwater, water that should be soaked up by pervious surfaces, never reaching the sewers. We should have spent those sums on a public transit system that would displace our over-use of cars. We could then redevelop the resulting under-used surface parking lots into parks and structures that could capture the excess rain.

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