Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wetlands for Boston’s Fort Point Channel-- MOP Hat Spotted in Washington DC.

Wetlands for Boston’s Fort Point Channel--

Through the Green Boston Harbor Project we learned that floating wetlands may be introduced into Fort Point Channel in a project with ShiftBoston. This urban water body suffers from numerous urban run-off inflows. MOP has tried to bring water-cleansing oysters to the area for some time and even submitted a petition to the Governor.

We regard this initiative favorably as it brings activity to the area and can have only positive effects. We are anxious to learn more about this exciting project.

To learn more about the area you can view our Fort Point Channel Survey presentation on Slideshare. 

Boston's Fort Point Channel- A Photographic Tour

If you are a student interested in becoming involved, there could be an opportunity for you. Here is the position listing we received.

SHIFTboston is currently seeking one Landscape Architecture and one Architecture student to work with the UMass Boston Green Boston Harbor Project studeent lab as part of a multi-disciplined team to design and implement a biomimetic strategy to improve the environmental conditions of Boston's Fort Point Channel by establishing a floating wetland system.

Tasks include:
- Research and analysis of the Fort Point Channel including its water quality, hydrology, site suitability and modeling.

- Bi-weekly reviews with student lab at Umass Boston GBH.

- Coordination and documentation via email and online conferencing.

The ideal candidate will be:

- A student seeking innovative experience in ecology and biomimetic studies.

- A person who is interested in learning more about the ecology of Boston Harbor and the Fort Point Channel and passionate about improving it.

- A person who works well both independently and within a team. The ideal candidate will also be comfortable working outside his/her area of expertise to both explore new and innovative concepts.

What we give in return for help:

- Free entry to any of our events and competitions.
Attend all of our events and submit to our design competitions for free.

- Internship credits.
We provide IDP and university architectural internship education credits (pending school approval).

- Credit as project team member.
The project is likely to first become an exhibition and then perhaps, implemented. All participants will be included as part of the project team in exhibition and implementation.

To Apply:
Please email a very brief letter outlining your qualifications as they apply to the task and ideal candidate lists above. Please also include your full name, the name of your university, degree and specific area of study. Please email your application to:

About the Green Boston Harbor Project (GBH):
Our mission is to enhance the coastal ecosystem stewardship through research, education and outreach projects. Our goal is to establish a green urban harbor that lives within ecological and human limits. For more information please visit:

Mass Oyster Project in Washington DC.

The pictures keep flowing in. A MOP hat was spotted in front of the Nation’s Capital. Meeting a Celebrity? Visiting a land mark? Join the crew who are sending us photos of their Oyster Hats for the blog. 

This young man posed in front of the Capital Building in his Mass Oyster Hat.

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