The Charles River Watershed Association reports the Charles from the Weld boathouse to the dam now has high enough levels of toxic cyanobacteria to post warnings against coming into contact with river water - and that means no swimming, fishing or falling in the river. That goes double for dogs, who could pick up toxic residue in walks on the river banks and then lick it off their fur. Read more.
JB Parrett watched a man blowing bubbles on the Esplanade at sunset yesterday.
The Boston Fire Department reports State Police recovered the body of a man who jumped into the Charles behind the Museum of Science around 3:15 p.m. and then never came up.
The Globe reports.
JB Parrett shows us a kayak reflected in the water at Kendall Square.
A boater spotted a body floating in the Charles around 6:50 a.m. near the Mass. Ave. Bridge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:
The body is that of an adult female. Investigators have a tentative identification; procedurally, we will only release that ID if her death is believed to be a result of criminal conduct.
UPDATE: Tentatively identified as a Boston woman in her 30s.
There were ropes and floats marking off the swimming area. Out in the river, a DCR patrol boat kept watch to make sure other craft stayed well away. Lifeguards on the dock and in kayaks stood and sat at the ready. And shortly after 3:30 p.m., the first band of swimmers, from kids to retirees, began jumping into the Charles River from a dock on the river side of the lagoon.
The Charles River Conservancy's first CitySplash let people sign up for time in the Charles River which, as we all know, used to be pretty dirty, but which has gotten cleaner over the years. Read more.
The Zakim gets all the attention, but the old commuter-rail bridge next to it has its own charms, including a spiral staircase to the top. Molly Hester admired its form from North Point Park in Cambridge yesterday.
Mooshrimp reported spotting several muskrats along the Esplanade yesterday, including this fellow by Exeter Street.
You can get some weird perspectives when you stand under the Zakim Bridge and its connecting ramps and look up.
Under the new deck.
Tim Miranda was on one Duck Boat waiting to the go into the Charles today when the Duck Boat in front got stuck on the ramp. A third Duck Boat was called in to tow it out.
Frank Kosiba watched the storm roll in from his deck in South Boston.
Elsie Kenyon, meanwhile, got to see both ends of the rainbow from the Longfellow Bridge: Read more.
Skott.daltonic walked along the Charles early this morning.
Ryan Meador watched the clouds moving over the Charles without doing much more than looking menacing, around 6:20 p.m.
Louis Gudema watched people jumping into the Charles from the Weeks Bridge at sunset this evening.
JB Parrett watched as a goose captured some dock sitters on the Esplanade last evening.
Updated, 12:25 a.m.
For the second day in a row, Boston and Cambridge firefighters and State Police responded to the Massachusetts Avenue bridge on a report of a possible jumper, only to find no evidence on the bridge or in the water that somebody had actually jumped.
Firefighters used thermal imagers and sonar to search the water, after the report of a possible jumper mid-span came in shortly before 11:50 p.m.
The bridge was shut in both directions. Around 12:20 a.m., Boston firefighters began packing up and leaving.