• Charles River November 10, 2022 10:20 pm

    Natick Select Board Votes 4-1 to Remove Aging Charles River Dam

    Town leaders in Natick, Massachusetts, have voted to remove an iconic but aging dam on the Charles River. The dam, which passes through South Natick Dam Park, has stood for nearly 90 years, but its condition as deteriorated. It holds 160 million gallons of water, and a breach would be catastrophic. A 4-1 vote by Natick’s select board Wednesday brought…

  • Charles River October 26, 2022 6:00 pm

    Recent Sexual Assaults of Girl, Woman on Waltham's Riverwalk Under Investigation

    A girl was raped on the Waltham Riverwalk in September and a woman was groped twice by a man on a bicycle last week, Massachusetts State Police said Wednesday. Both sexual assaults are under investigation and more troopers have been sent to the area, the agency said, shortly after Waltham police announced they were stepping up patrols in the state…

  • Boston September 30, 2022 1:15 am

    Dirty Water Discovery: Man Drops Phone Into Charles River, Dives in and Is Shocked By What He Finds

    John Anastas was on a third date paddleboarding on the Charles River when he accidentally kicked his phone into the dirty water. So, he did the unthinkable and jumped right in. “I definitely figured it was going to be disgusting,” he said, “and when I got down there I had severely underestimated my assumption.” John didn’t find his own phone,...

  • Charles River August 23, 2022 6:39 pm

    Not Just the Charles: Mass. Drought Has Rivers, Streams at Record Lows

    Despite recent rain, the statewide drought is getting worse. According to the State Drought Task Force, most of Massachusetts is experiencing critical drought levels with many rivers and streams seeing record low daily flows. According to the National Weather Service, Worcester, Essex, Bristol and Norfolk counties are in particularly bad shape. “We’re seeing culverts with no stream coming out...

  • Massachusetts State Police August 18, 2022 11:04 am

    Woman's Body Found in Charles River After Search Near Harvard

    A woman’s body was found in the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge on Wednesday night after police searched the water for hours, officials said. Massachusetts State Police said their preliminary investigation indicates the woman was seen lying on a ledge of the John W. Weeks Bridge near Harvard University. Witnesses who were walking across the bridge at the...

  • drought August 3, 2022 8:45 am

    ‘Never Seen Anything Like This': Drought Dries Up Areas of Charles River

    Severe drought conditions affecting much of Massachusetts have had a clear impact on parts of the Charles River. In a matter of days, Liz Loewen said she noticed a drastic difference. “I’ve never seen anything like this. All that land right there is usually water, and you wouldn’t be standing right here,” she said, pointing to the bottom step...

  • Boston July 14, 2022 5:26 pm

    Environmental Groups Say They're Suing EPA Over Pollution in 3 Boston Rivers

    A lack of federal regulation aimed at stopping polluted runoff from seeping into three rivers in the Boston area is driving local environmental organizations to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, they said Thursday. The Conservation Law Foundation and the Charles River Watershed Association said they will sue the EPA, claiming that the Charles, Mystic and Neponset rivers are being threatened…

  • Charles River July 12, 2022 10:06 pm

    Danger Posed by Aging Natick Dam Sparks Debate Over Repair or Removal

    As officials in Natick, Massachusetts, continue to debate the future of a dam that has stood for nearly 90 years, some in the area are pushing for the structure to remain in place while others want the spillway to be removed. The area of the Charles River that passes through South Natick Dam Park is beloved for the serenity it…

  • Charles River July 9, 2022 12:18 am

    Natick Residents Push to Save Iconic Dam on Charles River

    A dam that has stood for nearly 90 years in Natick, Massachusetts, is falling apart, and there’s a push to preserve it for future generations. The South Natick Dam has been a popular spot since it was established on the Charles River in the 1930s. It holds 160 million gallons of water, and officials are concerned about what could happen…

  • Charles River July 6, 2022 1:17 pm

    Lost Diamond Ring Fished Out of Charles River in Cambridge

    A diamond ring was plucked from the bed of the Charles River over the weekend, saving the day for the couple who lost it, firefighters said. The ring fell off a boat at the Charlesgate Yacht Club in Cambridge on Sunday. They didn’t say how it went into the water, but the woman who lost the ring “was obviously...

  • weston March 1, 2022 2:01 pm

    Driver of Tractor-Trailer That Flew Off Bridge Into Charles River Cited for Speeding

    The driver of a tractor-trailer carrying U.S. mail that plunged nearly 50 feet off a bridge Saturday, landing in the Charles River, will be cited for speeding and a lane violation, Massachusetts State Police said Tuesday. “We are citing the driver for excessive speed and a marked lanes violations, both of which are civil infractions,” state police spokesman David Procopio…

  • weston February 28, 2022 8:48 am

    Shocking Video Shows Truck Carrying USPS Mail Plunge Into Mass. River

    Video released Sunday from the State Police Association of Massachusetts shows the moment a tractor-trailer carrying U.S. mail plunged nearly 50 feet off a bridge, slamming into the icy Charles River below.

  • Massachusetts February 28, 2022 1:50 pm

    WATCH: Surveillance Video Captures Tractor-Trailer Plunging Off Bridge, Into Charles River

    Video released Sunday from the State Police Association of Massachusetts shows the moment a tractor trailer carrying U.S. mail plunged nearly 50 feet off a bridge, slamming into the icy Charles River.

  • weston February 26, 2022 11:31 pm

    Mail Packages Floating in Charles River After Tractor Trailer Plunges Into Water

    A driver had to be rescued from the Charles River on Saturday after his tractor trailer that was carrying U.S. mail crashed into the icy water near the ramp from Interstate 95 to Interstate 90 in Weston, Massachusetts, police said.

  • Boston February 19, 2022 12:19 am

    Surveillance Footage Shows Cones Being Thrown Off Bridge Onto Charles River

    Transportation officials have released footage showing traffic cones being thrown off the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge onto the Charles River. The cones, part of a bicycle safety pilot program that launched in November, have repeatedly been removed from the bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation released the surveillance footage Friday following a public records request from the…

  • Boston February 12, 2022 1:54 am

    Traffic Cones Thrown Again Onto Charles River From Mass. Ave. Bridge

    Traffic cones have repeatedly been thrown off the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge onto the Charles River, and authorities are investigating. It took four hours Friday for a team of engineers to retrieve 131 traffic cones from the thinning ice. Normally, they inspect bridges underwater in warmer weather. But Friday, they used a lifesaver to hoist them back onto the bridge. “It…

  • Boston February 2, 2022 2:56 pm

    Police Got a Call for a Dog on the Ice. Turns Out It Was Actually a Coyote

    Police in Boston and Cambridge responded to the Charles River on Wednesday morning for reports of a dog on the ice near Boston University that might be in need of rescue. But when Boston firefighters and Massachusetts State Police got there, they found a coyote instead of someone’s pet. They said the coyote appeared healthy and was not in...

  • Boston January 25, 2022 12:02 am

    Dozens of Traffic Cones Thrown From Bridge Onto Charles River

    About 50 traffic cones that had been placed along the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge between Cambridge and Boston were grabbed from the busy roadway and thrown onto the Charles River below. “It’s probably kids getting drunk,” said bicyclist Ron Dion. “Having a good time, hopefully that’s it … punks.” The cones are part of a pilot program to widen the bike…

  • Head of the Charles October 24, 2021 4:32 pm

    Head of the Charles Regatta Returns

    After being canceled last year due to coronavirus restrictions, the iconic Head of the Charles Regatta returned to Boston this weekend with an extra day of racing. The world’s largest rowing event, slated for Friday, Oct. 22 to Sunday, Oct. 24, added races Friday in a bid to spread out the schedule and allow for the addition of an alumni…

  • Charles River September 28, 2021 12:05 am

    SUV Pulled From Charles River in Cambridge After Driver Plunges in, Escapes

    A driver escaped after plunging into the Charles River Monday evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Witnesses say the man behind the wheel of the silver Toyota RAV4 lost control on Memorial Drive near Flagg Street around 7:30 p.m. Mark McDermott was on a jog on the trail parallel to the road when he saw it happen. “A vehicle hopped over the…

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