The Charles River Watershed Association is warning people to stay out of the water in the Lakes District portion of the river in Newton, Waltham and Weston, due to a bloom of blue-green algae. The group says this is the first time that's ever been spotted in that part of the river:
Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, are aquatic bacteria that can produce toxins which... Read more
The Library of Congress has a copy of a short movie taken on July 21, 1904 by Edwin S. Porter, a cameraman working for Thomas Edison:
About fifty canoes filled with people on an outing in the summertime were photographed from a single camera position from a bridge overlooking the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts.... Read more
State troopers recovered the body of a Boston man around 9 a.m. from the river on the Museum of Science side of the Longfellow Bridge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The man was 36, according to the DA's office, which declined further details. An autopsy will be performed to try to find out how he died.
Authorities are looking for any joggers or dog walkers who may have seen discussions or arguments on the fishing pier by the Charles River dam the afternoon or evening of Sunday, May 20.
Somebody, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley... Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports somebody's gotten permission to shoot off fireworks over the Charles by the Museum of Science for about 10 minutes tonight, starting around 9:30 p.m.
MassBike reports MassDOT has picked a design for the renovation of the Longfellow that features just one vehicle lane outbound and wider lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians in both directions.
A fourth suspect remains at large, police say.
According to police, the four approached the man, showed a knife, pulled his hood over his face and then pushed him to the... Read more
Bonnie Sashin reports this is the time of year when she starts getting itchy to get back on the Charles in her red racing shell:
Ivve had fantasies of defying the Rowing Committeeâ€™s edict that no boats go out until further notice. Do I respect their concerns about danger and liability surrounding an over-exuberant rower's death by flipping into icy cold water? Of course,... Read more
The Globe reports a rare sturgeon's been spotted swimming up the Charles.
The Globe and the Herald report on a plan for the Esplandade that calls for better access across Storrow Drive, a cafe next to the Hatch Shell, doing more with the Charles River dam and the Muddy River and just generally sprucing up the existing facilities after decades of neglect. Another idea would be a 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel by the Museum of Science.... Read more
Down by JFK Street, numerous people report. Anyone?