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By adamg - 12/25/20 - 2:27 pm
Muddy River overflows banks

The normally placid Muddy River, well, it remained pretty placid today as it overflowed its banks along the Brookline/Fenway line, as Ari Ofsevit shows us after the bulk of today's rains. Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/20 - 10:32 pm

Around 9:40 p.m. Boston firefighters found the driver on top of her car and got her out of the water.

By adamg - 11/23/19 - 11:03 am

Live Boston has the details on an overnight crash at Newbury Street and Charlesgate East.

By adamg - 5/22/19 - 8:51 am

Boston Fire Department divers got a man in his 30s out of the Muddy River at Charlesgate this morning, but he was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/19 - 9:04 am

New England Folklore recounts an incident on March 1, 1639, recorded by none other than Gov. John Winthrop, involving a "great light" floating over what is now the Boston/Brookline line that morphed into the shape of a pig before flying off in the direction of Charlestown.

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By adamg - 1/9/19 - 9:40 am

Boston Police report a man drove his car into the Muddy River at Charlesgate West early Tuesday evening, but that officers got into the river and got him out. Read more.

By adamg - 7/17/18 - 7:11 pm
Flooding Muddy River

Claire Blechman walked along the Muddy River in Brookline after the storm lightened up a bit.

The normally placid brook was not the only place to have flooding during the second storm round: Read more.

By adamg - 10/26/17 - 10:29 pm
Ward's Pond in the fall

Ward's Pond is the small, hidden away pond across Perkins Street from Jamaica Pond on the JP/Brookline line. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/17 - 11:32 pm
Wood duck near Leverett Pond

Mary Ellen spotted this wood duck near Leverett Pond up by Rte. 9 on the JP/Brookline line today.

She also spotted a green-winged teal at the pond today: Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/16 - 12:04 pm

As you might expect, Mike Dukakis is a speaker at an MIT transit forum today. People of course wondered why he was sporting large bruises on his face and a bandage on the bridge of his nose. Cambridge City Councilor Jan Devereux, who posted a photo of the dented Duke, reports:

He fell picking up trash on the Emerald Necklace.

By adamg - 9/4/16 - 3:31 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters recovered a body from the river near where it enters the Charles around 2:45 p.m.

By adamg - 8/20/16 - 11:05 am
Muddy River in a drought

Penny Cherubino went for a walk on the normally green grass along the normally brown Muddy River the other day.

By adamg - 1/29/16 - 10:23 pm
Wood duck at Leverett Pond in Jamaica Plain

Mary Ellen says it looked like she caught a wood duck in mid-sneeze the other day on the Jamaica Plain side of Leverett Pond.

By adamg - 1/2/16 - 12:11 pm

Jef Taylor shows the salamander he found on the banks of Ward's Pond on the Boston/Brookline line a few days ago.

By adamg - 9/30/15 - 1:31 pm

PRI interviews a Finnish landscape architect about everything that's wrong with the Emerald Necklace.

Ed. note: Interesting article, but it sounds like she doesn't know anything about the Muddy River reclamation project and didn't spend any time south of Rte. 9.

By adamg - 7/7/15 - 6:40 pm

State Police and the Boston Fire Department report the death of a man spotted falling into the river at Charlesgate around 6 p.m. State Police report: Read more:

By adamg - 12/9/14 - 6:09 pm
Fenway sandbags

T workers piling up the sandbags. Photo by MBTA.

With the Muddy River rising fast, around 5:20 p.m., the MBTA shut the Riverside Line between Kenmore and Fenway and workers rushed to the portal just past Fenway to begin laying sandbags to keep the Muddy out of the Green Line, in two separate temporary dams.

Around 6:30 p.m., the Muddy River reached 16.4 feet - 1.4 feet above the flood stage at which its waters might begin pouring into the portal:

By adamg - 11/4/14 - 1:01 pm

A DCR worker discovered a man's body in the Muddy River in the area of the Bowker overpass around 10 a.m. today, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

A tentative identification has been made based on a missing-person's report, the DA's office says, adding foul play does not appear to have been involved.

It's the same general location where bodies were found in June and March.

By adamg - 6/22/14 - 8:33 am
Muddy River is disgusting

On Friday, Ed Hatfield photographed the Muddy River under the Bowker Overpass at Charlesgate:

That basketball has been there for at least 5 years, the soccer ball about eight and I think the baseball was a Babe Ruth homerun knocked out of Fenway Park. This is part of the reason the Charles River is getting cleaner. I think every thing that ends up in the water from JP down stream ends up here and it is blocked so it doesn't go into the Charles River basin.

Yesterday, for the second time in three months, a body was recovered from the Muddy River, just upstream from this location.

Photo copyright Ed Hatfield. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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