About Boston Harbor Now


Boston Harbor Now builds on sixty years of collective work advocating for the Boston Harbor cleanup, creating and co-managing the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park and establishing the Boston Harborwalk.


A generation ago, Boston Harbor was quite literally a dump. A swim in the harbor meant a trip to the hospital. Spectacle Island was a smoldering trash pile. The industrial waterfront was suffering from decades of decline and disrepair.

Today Boston Harbor Now is working to re-establish Boston as one of the world’s truly great coastal cities.  Everything we do is in partnership with public agencies, communities and private and non-profit partners.

  • We encourage people to explore Boston’s waterfront and Islands through promoting and hosting hundreds of free and low-cost recreational, cultural and social events.

  • We partner with the Mass Department of Transportation to develop and advance a Boston Harbor-wide water transportation plan for expanded ferry service.

  • We co-manage and improve visitor experiences of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.

  • We partner with the City of Boston and waterfront communities to prepare for sea level rise while promoting outstanding waterfront open space.  

  • We support investment and innovation in Boston’s working port to better support our 21stCentury maritime economy.


Here is a 17 minute historic video that tells the history of our harbor islands, and also reminds us of how far we have come, and why this effort is so vital to insure our future and our children’s future.