Section 1. This bill will instruct the Department of Fish & Game to conduct a comprehensive study of the feasibility of repurposing the city of Boston’s former Sewage Treatment Plant, located on Moon Island in Boston Harbor, for the purposes of a fish and shellfish farm. These farms could utilize the 4 cut-granite storage tanks, which have a 50-million gallon capacity, are 900 by 150 feet and are 17 feet deep, separated by walls seven feet thick at the base.
Section 2. Fish and shellfish farming will improve water quality and better the local marine environment, and will benefit marine life such as crabs, eel grass, shrimp, bluefish and striped bass. This fish and shellfish farm will be utilized for environmental and educational purposes, along with improving the water quality in Quincy Bay and Boston Harbor. These farms would be open to public and private schools for educational purposes.
Section 3. These findings will be forwarded to state and local officials, including the Mayor of Boston; the Mayor of Quincy; the Boston Conservation Commission; the Quincy Conservation Commission; the Joint Committee on Environmental Affairs; state legislators representing the city of Boston; state legislators representing the city of Quincy; and other interested parties.
Section 4. These findings must be completed and forwarded to all the aforementioned parties by December 15, 2017.
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