“Southfield”, the 1,440-acre former South Weymouth Massachusetts Naval Air
Station, is on track to be the largest mixed-use development in New England
employing “smart growth”. Smart growth is a land revitalization measure that
builds on the best of the past in a compact sustainable way, preserving land
for the future, while offering neighborhood character with access to jobs,
services, and recreation.
Military base re-use is a unique paradigm of community re-development
with a diverse set of issues and challenges. The phased $750 million dollar
development will include 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space,
while offering a broad range of housing options. Situated within a prime
location in the tri-town communities of Weymouth/Abington/Rockland.
The Filterra Bioretention Systems was selected by the design engineer,
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., as the best management practice (BMP)
of choice for stormwater treatment. Filterra harness the power of nature to
capture, cycle and immobilize stormwater pollutants to treat urban runoff. The
combination of landscape vegetation and a specially designed filter media
allows metals, nutrients and total suspended solids (TSS) to be removed
naturally Filterra’s small footprint, high pollutant removal efficiencies and
aesthetic values influenced local and state conservation agencies, and the
South Shore Tri-Town Development Corporation to install several units within
10 feet of delineated wetlands flora.
Two 10’ x 6’ and four 8’ x 6’ standard Filterra units were installed along Shea Boulevard to
treat stormwater runoff. Native plants such as Serviceberry were installed to complement the
existing landscape along the street.