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Cove and constructed peninsula into pond (former Blue Hills Reservoir). Peninsula design includes placed woody debris features and tough, drought tolerant plantings for stabilization and habitat enhancement.

Purple Asters At Blue Hills Reservation Reservoir, Milton, MA

User enjoying natural aggregate and universally accessible path on constructed peninsula surrounded by pond (former Blue Hills Reservoir).

Placed woody revetments for stabilization and habitat values along future pond shoreline.

Landscape Design, Milton, MA
Landscape Design, Milton , MA, Blue Hills Reservation Reservoir
Blues Hill Reservation Reservoir
Cove At Blue Hills Reservation Reservoir, Milton, MA
Butterfly Weed By The Water At Blue Hills Reservation Reservoir, Milton, MA

Extensive and diverse native planting community restoration at Blue Hills, with species such as Ironweed (shown here), improves habitat opportunities for pollinators and other wildlife.

Diverse native sapling, shrub, and groundcover species awaiting planting along constructed pond edge at former Blue Hills Reservoir.

Tom Benjamin, Landscape Architect, Standing Near New Plantings
Cove At Blue Hills Reservation Reservoir

Blue Hills Reservoir Site Restoration
Quincy & Milton, MA

Client | Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Partners | Barletta Construction

For this project, Tom undertook supply infrastructure and ecological restoration efforts, managing the project from conceptual design, highly detailed permitting phases, and through construction design and implementation. He performed extensive construction oversight on this design/build contract. The infrastructure component focused on installing two ten million gallon underground water storage tanks to serve metropolitan Boston. The site restoration design around the tanks encompassed 20 acres of new wetlands, upland field, and forest edge habitat zones, surrounded by Blue Hills Reservation and thousands of new diverse native plantings installed.

Project Highlights

  • 20-acre restoration project
  • Part of a major water infrastructure upgrade
  • 1-mile long natural pond edge restoration of former structured reservoir embankment
  • Re-use of rock and debris
  • Enhancement of endangered snake habitat
  • Improved public access and overlook
  • Project recognized by President’s Award from the engineering/design consulting firm

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