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By adamg - 11/10/21 - 12:03 pm
Rough rendering of 425 Medford St. proposal

New development doubling as a flooding barrier.

The Flatley Co. has filed broad plans for a proposed 25-acre development between Medford Street and the Mystic River that will feature buildings as tall as 22 stories - on a site raised 22 feet above water so it can double as a barrier to protect hundreds of acres well inland of its own holdings from the sort of flooding researchers now predict for 2070 as sea levels continue to rise. Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/21 - 11:23 am
Charlestown beach in 1900

Site was home to Charlestown's only beach, open until 1957. Source.

A Braintree developer says it will soon file plans to turn the 20.5-acre site of a former sugar refinery on the Mystic River into a large mixed-use development fronted by a large seawall that will both protect the lower parts of the area from flooding caused by rising seas and create a new linear park that will give residents access to that part of the waterfront for the first time in decades. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/21 - 10:04 pm

WBZ reports why thousands of dead fish are now piling up on the shores of the Mystic River; reports the die off is "natural," rather than anything caused by chemicals or microbes.

By adamg - 7/20/21 - 10:44 pm
Hazy sunset over the Tobin Bridge

Matt Frank captured tonight's surreal sunset over the Mystic and the Tobin Bridge.

He wasn't the only one watching the sunset this evening: Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/21 - 8:57 pm

A federal appeals court today gave the Conservation Law Foundation permission to proceed with its suit against ExxonMobil over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at a petroleum facility in Everett off a small tributary of the Mystic River - including an alleged failure to study the potential impact of increased flooding caused by climate change on the riverside plant. Read more.

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By adamg - 6/6/21 - 12:53 pm
Possible Lion's Mane jellyfish in the Mystic River

Nathaniel Stinnet reports a "huge jellyfish" in the Mystic at Charlestown, and it sure looks like one of those sting-y Lion's Mane jellyfish that Hull Police reported a couple days ago.

By schneidz - 5/24/20 - 10:37 am

I just noticed that the smoke stacks in everett is one of the landmarks that scrolls past in the screensaver:

Why would they choose this over the more well known usual suspects (Custom House, Bunker Hill/Zakim bridge, Citgo sign, ...) ?

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 9:32 am
Encore Casino lit up like a heart in the rain

Amy captured the heart windows lit up at Encore Casino in the rain last night. Read more.

By adamg - 11/15/19 - 9:38 pm
Tobin bridge at sunset

Matt Frank looked towards the Tobin Bridge from Chelsea this evening.

Pat Quintin took in an equally stunning view of the sunset from the Mass. Ave. Bridge: Read more.

By adamg - 1/12/19 - 2:00 pm
Longer Orange Line train

Roving UHub photographer BradM spotted this six-car brand-spanking-new Orange Line train sitting above across the Mystic around 9:20 this morning. Almost looks like that thing will be ready to roll into actual service, weary Orange Line riders can only hope (you may recall the T had originally said it would get at least one all new Chinese-by-way-of-Springfield Orange Line train in service by the end of 2018).

Earlier:
They're so cute when they're little.

By adamg - 5/7/18 - 11:09 pm
Looking at clamped leaky pipe in Somerville

Coast Guard officers look at newly clamped pipe. Photo by USCG.

The Coast Guard reports an Eversource electrical conduit under I-93 near the Somerville/Charlestown line was the source of oil showing up in the Mystic River. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/18 - 6:10 pm
Oil and water sampling by a Coast Guard technician in the Mystic River

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Martin collects sheen samples. Photo by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard, the state Department of Environmental Protection and a private oil-spill company are cleaning up an oil spill on the Mystic River near the Alford Street bridge even as they try to figure out which underwater cable it's leaking from.

The Coast Guard was scheduled to send divers into the water today to try to find the source of the dielectric oil, used as an insulator in electrical conduits.

By adamg - 9/13/17 - 8:33 pm
Big windmill

There's a little DCR park along the Mystic River behind Assembly Row in Somerville, where you can get a good view of the Amelia Earhart Dam, the new casino and smokestacks of the old Mystic Generating Station.

By adamg - 8/8/17 - 8:20 am

Herring on the move. Photo by MyRWA.

The Mystic River Watershed Association reports volunteers counted 40% more herring swimming up the river to spawn at the Mystic Lakes this year than last year. Read more.

By adamg - 7/30/16 - 10:12 am

An insurance company is suing LG Electronics for a June 4, 2015 at the Winter Hill Yacht Club in Somerville that turned one boat into a total loss and damaged another. Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/16 - 4:38 pm

The body of Kenneth Manning, 35, of Malden, was found floating on the Somerville side of the Mystic River near Shore Drive and Ten Hills Road around 6:30 p.m., yesterday, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 12/7/15 - 10:22 pm
Tobin Bridge at sunset

Rick Macomber watched the sun go down behind the Tobin Bridge.

By adamg - 6/19/15 - 10:50 am

The Mystic River Watershed Association ponders all the dead fish floating to the top of the Mystic of late, concludes it's probably a natural phenomenon, unrelated to either possible oil spills or low amounts of oxygen in the water: Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/15 - 6:27 pm
Dead fish in the Mystic River

Michael Marshall went out for his usual afternoon jog in the Mystic River Reservation just upriver from Assembly Row - and was struck by the sight of "dozens, if not hundreds, of these large fish. All dead."

He says he reported the fish kill to DCR, adds: "There was also this strange orange boat with wheels churning the water. I wondered if that had anything to do with it." Read more.

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