• beaches September 10, 2022 6:36 pm

    Still Strong Offshore, Hurricane Earl Keeps Rip Current Danger High in New England

    It’s a beautiful weekend, warm and dry, but with changes on the way. Saturday’s temperatures have reached the 80s and even gone as high as 88 in the warmest areas. The risk of rip currents remains on our coasts as Hurricane Earl is still strong with over 110 mph wind gusts. This increases the swell, enhancing rip currents in our…

  • sewage August 26, 2022 4:03 pm

    Often Broken Sewer Line Near Maine Beaches Getting Fixed Next Week

    On Monday, a resolution to repeated breaks of a sewer line in Wells, Maine, will arrive in the town’s harbor. That’s when work is scheduled to begin — weeks earlier than expected — to install a new sewer line after a decades-old one broke five times in one month. The new line is made of a thicker material than the…

  • beaches August 15, 2022 11:46 pm

    ‘What's the Point?': Buried Beach Walkway Raises Accessibility Questions

    It’s pretty easy to see why Norman Courtemanche loves enjoying Salisbury Reservation Beach with his family. During a recent sunny, 90-degree day, Courtemanche sat in a chair and admired the coastal scenery. “It’s a beautiful area to be in,” he said. “Especially on a day like this. You can’t beat it.” But over the years, the Lowell resident told...

  • beaches August 9, 2022 7:24 pm

    Portuguese Man o' War Sightings Prompt Beach Closings In Massachusetts

    Several Massachusetts beaches have been closed in recent days due to sightings of Portuguese men-of-war, venomous marine animals closely related to jellyfish. Harding’s Beach in Chatham was closed Sunday and part of Monday due to the animals. The town of Yarmouth closed all south side beaches on Monday for the same reason, warning that a sting from a man-of-war...

  • North Shore August 1, 2022 8:06 pm

    Contamination Concerns Persist at King's Beach in Lynn

    After decades of contaminated water and noxious odors at the popular King’s Beach, officials in both Lynn and Swampscott are working together to trace the sources of the pollution and clean it up.  The project, which will take years to complete and likely cost tens of millions of dollars, aims to identify all of the sources of pollution and...

  • beaches July 25, 2022 4:02 pm

    Water at Popular Massachusetts Beach Closed After Portuguese Man o' War Sighting

    The water at Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport, Massachusetts, was closed Monday after a Portuguese man o’ war sighting paired with dangerous rip currents, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation said. Portuguese men o’ war are closely related to jellyfish. While they don’t normally target people, stings are very painful, can cause welts and in some rare,...

  • oceans July 19, 2022 3:47 pm

    Why is the Ocean Water So Cold Near the North Shore This Summer?

    One of the most common weather questions we’ve been receiving lately comes from residents along the North Shore and Cape Ann: why is the ocean water still so cold?  It’s not your imagination – ocean water temperatures from Boston Harbor points north have been exceptionally cold this summer, after a fairly typical start to the warmer water season in...

  • sharks July 1, 2022 2:58 pm

    WATCH: Shark Spotted by State Police Helicopter Off Cape Cod

    It’s shark season on Cape Cod, and even the Massachusetts State Police are getting in on the action. A police helicopter went out on shark patrol this week, bringing along New England Aquarium scientist John Chisholm, and they spotted a shark about 50 yards from Provincetown’s Race Point Beach, officials said. The animal was near a group of seals...

  • sharks June 30, 2022 7:39 am

    What We Know – And What We Want to Learn – About Shark Sightings on the Cape

    Summer is also shark season on Cape Cod, and people are now aware of the dangers thanks to more than a decade of research. Typically, sharks return to the waters off Cape Cod and the Islands in mid-June. This year the sightings started early, with the first confirmed sighting on Sunday, May 29.  It has become common for beaches to…

  • beaches June 7, 2022 7:00 pm

    Mass. Lawmakers Push for Better Public Beach Access

    With the official start of summer just weeks away, people are eager to hit the beach, but not many beaches in Massachusetts are easily accessible to the public. From local rules about parking to a state law that keeps some beaches private, there are a number of barriers to putting your toes in the sand.  “I think the biggest part…

  • beaches June 7, 2022 6:03 pm

    Cape Lawmakers Push for Better Public Beach Access

    Longstanding state law give beachfront property owners the ability to claim property up to the low tide line as private, but there’s a push to change those access rules.

  • beaches May 28, 2022 9:54 am

    Here Are the Cleanest Beaches in the Boston Area

    With warm weather returning, plenty of families in New England are planning out their beach trips for the summer ahead of time. There are plenty of things to factor in when planning where to go such as restaurants or nearby attractions for kids. But one standard that goes unsaid is the cleanliness of the water. In Save the Harbor’s...

  • Revere Beach May 19, 2022 7:24 pm

    Expect Extra Police at Revere Beach This Weekend

    There will be extra police out at Revere Beach in Massachusetts this weekend as law enforcement prepares for large crowds ahead of potentially record-breaking heat. Massachusetts State Police, Revere Police at the Department of Conversation and Recreation will all be involved in the effort. The notice from Massachusetts State Police comes after fights broke out in large crowds at the…

  • Maine April 21, 2022 1:11 pm

    In Maine, The Debate Over the Beachfront Intertidal Zone Continues

    A Maine state judge ruled that the intertidal zone belongs to beachfront property owners but the judge’s ruling didn’t specify what activities, if any, might be allowed there. The ruling was a setback for plaintiffs who sued last year to overturn private ownership of the waterfront land between the high and low tide marks. Most coastal states own the...

  • nantucket November 18, 2021 8:18 am

    Woman Cites Gender Equity in Push to Make All Nantucket Beaches Topless

    A lifelong Nantucket resident is calling for gender equality in a push to allow nudity on all of the island’s beaches. Dorothy Stover, daughter of late Nantucket Town Clerk Catherine Stover, has started a petition to rewrite the town bylaws. The petition suggests that the bylaws be amended by adding, “in order to promote for all persons, any person...

  • Shark Attacks August 16, 2021 6:33 pm

    Shark Warning Flags See Action at Maine State Beaches a Year After Deadly Attack

    A new shark flag warning system in Maine is getting its first few uses, roughly a year after the state’s first fatal shark attack. The flags have been used twice in the past several weeks, according to Jim Britt, the communications director for Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands: First at Popham Beach in Phippsburg and, most recently, on...

  • Maine August 16, 2021 6:07 pm

    Maine Uses New Shark-Warning System a Year After the State's First Deadly Attack

    A ping on the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app prompted lifeguards at Cape Elizabeth’s Crescent Beach to put up new warning flags the state is using after its first shark attack last year.

  • Maine July 13, 2021 6:02 pm

    Maine Looks to Track Sharks With New Buoys a Year After Fatal Shark Attack

    After Maine’s first shark attack nearly a year ago, the state is adding new buoys to help track sharks.

  • water quality July 12, 2021 3:47 pm

    Mass. Beach Water Quality Reports Find Sewage Helping to Make Swimming Unsafe

    Though two environmental non-profits have released differing reports on water quality at Boston-area beaches in recent weeks, both agree that sewage discharges continue to be significant contributors to unsafe swimming conditions. Environment Massachusetts on Monday released its annual report highlighting local beaches where water samples tested for concentrations of fecal bacteria greater than the Environmental Protection Agency’s highest warning level. That...

  • solar eclipse June 9, 2021 4:36 pm

    Here Are the Best Places in Boston to See the Solar Eclipse

    Boston and other parts of New England will be treated to a view of the first solar eclipse of the year early on Thursday, and it is going to be a good one.  Thursday morning’s “Ring of Fire” eclipse will be visible for almost an hour (though the ring of fire won’t be visible south of Canada). The eclipse...

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