Story updated at 8 a.m.
The Boston Fire Department and State Police report two men jumped into the Charles River from the Mass. Ave. bridge around 11 p.m. last night.
Boston firefighters and state troopers arrived at the middle of the bridge in time to spot one person in the river "barely treading water." In a statement, State Police say:
State Police Lieutenant Paul... Read more
UPDATE: The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will lower the level of the Charles at the dam by three feet Sunday night to allow for inspection of the dam's catwalk and flashboards, which are showing "significant deterioration of structural components." The dam itself is fine, the state says. The extra water will be diverted into the Mother Brook in Dedham. Read more.
Ian... Read more
In the 1970s, the Corps abandoned plans for a massive series of levees and flood-control dams along the Charles... Read more
The Crimson reports Harvard officials are going to do everything they can to keep freshmen from dumping a whole truckload of fizzies - and burning boats - into the Charles River next week:
Committee members at yesterday's monthly meeting approved plans to discourage the annual "River Run," which they characterized as an unsafe, alcohol-laden pseudo-tradition.
“We're trying to tell people they shouldn't do it,"... Read more
The Conservation Law Foundation yesterday formally accused the city of failing to stop high levels of bacteria, oil and dissolved metals and chemicals pour into Boston Harbor through its 201 "outfall" pipes that collect road runoff from nearly 20,000 catch basins - and from the neighboring town of Brookline.
In a lawsuit filed in US District Court, the foundation accused the Boston Water and Sewer... Read more
Starting with the next storm, the Brighton-based company says:
Under the agreement, New Balance, recognizing DCR’s commitment to outdoor enthusiasts in a challenging economy, has pledged to provide funding to support snow removal efforts along the 17-plus mile Charles River path spanning from the Museum of Science area in Cambridge to the Galen Street Bridge in Watertown. The snow removal will be performed by DCR... Read more
The Globe reports the state will use $30 million in federal stimulus funds - plus another $30 million that's been sitting in a Big Dig account for years - to
erect a Colossus-size statue of Kraft bestriding Boston Harbor build long promised footbridges across and near the mouth of the Charles River, by the Zakim Bridge.
The Globe doesn't say if any of that... Read more
Dan Tobin was facing the Citgo sign on the way home from Cambridge this evening:
... It's a landmark I invariably associate with the Red Sox and tonight I realized that, no matter how the season ended up - with us as champions or the hated Yankees taking the crown - this is the time of year when baseball is in hibernation. It won't... Read more