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The Interesting History of Boston’s Frog Pond

The Frog Pond Site was discovered in 1988, and is located on Boston Common near the present-day Frog Pond. The pond is now host to many activities in all seasons. With the winter season here ice skating enthusiasts can enjoy the skating sessions available for all ages. Whether you’re interested in lessons or perhaps a season pass, Frog Pond is the oldest and most treasured public park in the U.S. The Frog Pond was a natural spring even during Prehistory, and would have been present in roughly the same location for thousands of years before it became the skating and

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Boston’s Green Community Municipality Grants

The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program helps municipalities navigate and meet the five criteria required to become a Green Community, enabling them to qualify for grants that finance additional energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at the local level. The Green Communities Act requires a specific path forward in order for municipalities served by municipal light plants that adopt the renewable energy charge to participate in the Green Communities Designation and Grant program. A municipality must adopt an expedited application and permitting process under which certain facilities may be sited within the municipality, and the permitting process shall not

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Engineered Marsh for Storm Water Earns Accolades

The Cambridge Department of Public Works (CDPW) is currently reveling in the success of its own big idea — the establishment of the Alewife Reservation Storm Water Wetland to help control combined sewer overflows.  An effective pipe and infrastructure maintenance plan also play an important role in CSO (combined sewer overflow) control. The CDPW’s Sewer Division inspects and clears obstructed sewer lines, cleans catch basins, repairs broken lines, and inspects and approves private connections to the public system. It’s also important to note the flatness of the region’s topography.  This means that some of the pipes going out to water

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Charles River Blue Cities Initiative

Massachusetts receives about 45 inches of precipitation every year. In the natural environment, almost half of this rainfall filters into the ground, and nearly all the rest returns to the sky as water vapor. In cities, we have paved over the ground and cut down many of the trees that turn water into vapor. The result: well over 50 percent of the rain in a typical year quickly becomes polluted storm water runoff. Developed areas are designed to collect and discard rain quickly, dumping runoff in the river system through storm drains. Bigger storms overwhelm the system, resulting in flooding

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Union Park Pump Station Goes Paperless

The team that operates and maintains the 330 mgd( million gallons/day) Union Park pump station in South Boston, uses mobile technology in the form of hand-held tablets to enter data on checklist forms. This allows workers to store runtimes and retrieve data for monthly reports. The team members, who service nine other sanitary, storm water and water pumping stations in the area ranging from 1.5 to 6.5 mgd, also enter corrective maintenance work orders through a mobile application on tablets or smartphones; the information is automatically loaded to a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). Utilities that use paper forms to

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Workers Divert Sinkhole Hazard in Lynn

Residents of the town of Lynn were advised last month to use caution when traveling. A large sinkhole that was blocking traffic at the intersection of Shepard and South Common streets has been repaired, and concrete barriers were strategically placed to avoid a hazard.The extra precaution was due to a broken sewer main near the collapsed road. There is a commonality in many nearby areas, as the sewers become inundated with heavy rain, there is a likelihood of sewer overflow.  In this case, the collapse also stems from the pipeline being over 100 years old. The Lynn Water and Sewer Department

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Town of Groton Seeks Water / Sewer Services

The City Council of Ayer has proposed a partnership in municipal services with the neighboring town of Groton.  The agreement would allow Groton to receive 40,500 gallons a day from the Ayer Water facility, as well as, permitting the town to implement sewer services.  There was previously a lack of wastewater capacity but through rectification, the contingency has been removed and the project will go forward.  The current agenda also includes businesses and homes, which are not currently connected to the Ayer sewer system through an existing line, to be afforded the opportunity upon completion of the proposal.  Residents can

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Tewksbury’s Smoke Detectors for Sewer Repair

Tewksbury, when you see smoke coming from various areas near your home this week, there is no cause for worry.  The City is testing the sewer system and its functionality.  The town uses a method of smoke bombs to detect any repairs needed caused by leaks and faulty pipes.  This is also a cost cutting measure, which is aimed at preventing inflow or water that gets into the sewer system that isn’t supposed to be there.  The City advises calling the Department of Public works should you see smoke inside your house as this is usually a problem with the

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Residents of Falmouth Anticipate New Sewer

Residents in Falmouth attended the Little Pond sewer meeting held last week.  The City plans to begin a sewer improvement to homes and businesses that total nearly 1500.  The City answered many questions mainly addressing the Mara Vista peninsula and Falmouth Heights community because these residents will be most affected by the sewer restructuring.   There will be new pumps installed and primarily designated to protect the residents living near the lower elevations.  These areas have been susceptible to increasing environmental hazards. Something to keep in mind when considering the importance of our underground infrastructure: our sewer system is made

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Rainy Season and Sewer Drainage Systems

Many of us are experiencing a rainy season now that summer is in full swing.  Along with the sunny delights and fanfare this time of year brings, there is also a need to think about the proper functioning of our drainage systems where we live.  It is important to know to what extent a drainage issue is prevalent.  In order to do this, a qualified fully licensed professional is needed for drain pipe cleaning. This will also maximize your awareness of the health of the pipelines in your home.  Here are a few suggestions when seeking the help of an

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