Paul Levy, who oversaw the creation of the MWRA, explains why it makes no sense not to dump snow in the harbor, instead of using all that fuel to truck it to snow farms or melt it.
Yes, I know that snow on city streets picks up all kinds of chemicals and pollutants from the city environment, and I know it also picks up... Read more
Matt Conti posts some video of the New Year's fireworks over Boston Harbor.
The federal government wants to join a local environmental group's lawsuit against Boston for allegedly failing to keep crap out of rivers feeding into Boston Harbor.
In a motion filed in US District Court in Boston yesterday, the EPA said it agrees with the Conservation Law Foundation's suit that the Boston Water and Sewer Commission has failed to do enough to keep bacteria, oil... Read more
State Police report arresting two people who allegedly motor-boated over to a Harbor island to strip copper out of a building there.
State Police say troopers from the Marine Unit got a call Friday afternoon about somebody being on Peddocks Island vandalizing property. According to State Police, when the troopers landed, they found an empty motorboat and began looking around:
Before long, the troopers... Read more
A Boston Police boat recovered a body from the channel, near the Children's Museum, around 10 a.m. today. The body was first sighted in the harbor near Rowes Wharf, but winds and currents pushed it under the Northern Avenue and Moakley bridges and into Fort Point Channel.
The Northern Avenue bridge was opened to let... Read more
And not a one will end up on ice at some old wooden bar: The bivalves will be lowered into Boston Harbor as part of the Massachusetts Oyster Project's multi-year effort to help clean the harbor by re-establishing colonies of the amazing little filters.
Boston Police report the harbor patrol unit rescued the skipper and sole occupant of a 28-foot boot after it erupted in flames around 11 a.m. today between Long and Lovells islands. Police say he jumped into the water and that he was taken to Tufts Medical Center for observation.
The Boston Fire Department's marine unit also responded to the fire.... Read more
City officials gather on Long Island tomorrow morning to dedicate the addition of free-range chickens to the Serving Ourselves farm, which provides organic food - and job training - for the city's homeless. The Boston Public Health Commission, which oversees Serving Ourselves, says this is Boston's first free-range chicken farm.
The Environmental Protection Agency today sued the city of Revere, alleging its sewers often send raw human waste into storm drains that discharge into creeks leading into the harbor and Massachusetts Bay and that for more than a year, three residential sewers were illegally connected directly into a storm drain at Washburn Avenue:
Results from surface water quality samples taken from Belle Isle Inlet, Sales... Read more
WBUR interviewed an Army veteran whose job was to secretly escort Nazi scientists - including Wernher von Braun - to a classified base on Long Island after the end of World War II to see what they could teach us about Nazi technology for the coming cold war. They had to be smuggled in - many aboard ships carrying returning US troops - because... Read more
The Coast Guard reports crews rescued two of three people from a 21-foot pleasure craft that began sinking off Graves Light in the outer harbor around 6:50 p.m., but are continuing to search for the third person, a man who decided to try to swim for Graves Light rather than stay with the boat.... Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports it's just signed a contract for a wicked fast new fireboat. The $4.2-million aluminum John S. Damrell (named after the fire department's chief engineer during the Great Fire of 1872) will be able to pump 12,000 gallons of water per minute - when it's not racing... Read more
The Massachusetts Oyster Project reports on the differing conditions and growths on the oyster-filled crates they are putting in the harbor to try to restore the bivalves (and help clean up the harbor):
... We have also seen cages coated with jellied masses that the dock hands refer to as sea onions. So we are learning that there is much more going on than... Read more
The Coast Guard reports a man was knocked into the harbor around 10 a.m. today by the boom on his sailboat off the Piers Park Sailing Center. The man's wife threw him a life preserver, but couldn't get him back on the boat. The crew on a passing Coast Guard boat noticed the situation, picked him up and put him back on the sailboat.... Read more
The Coast Guard reports it's conducting search operations off Castle Island following the discovery of a windsurf sail without a rider around 8:25 p.m.
"We have launched a search for a possible missing windsurfer, but we are asking the public to call if they believe they are missing a windsurf board or have any other information which could help us with the search," said... Read more
WBUR chums around with folks who are taking advantage of the clean waters.