Some Wondering Why Snow Isn’t Dumped In Boston Harbor

By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Looking at the ever-growing mounds of snow that complicate our commutes this winter is getting increasingly frustrating.

Boston’s snow farms are filling up, and this past weekend, the city moved a staggering 37,000 tons of snow out of urban areas.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports.

But, the threat of still more snow has some people grumbling about the wisdom of dumping snow right into Boston Harbor. The city doesn’t do it and the practice is forbidden by state environmental officials.

Read: Why can’t crews dump snow into bodies of water?

At issue is the fact that so-called street snow is contaminated by chemicals and salt and deicer. No one wants to see a more contaminated harbor.

However, there are people who argue that the dirty mix ends up there anywhere once the snow melts and drains into the harbor.

  • emom

    Ok I get that we need a place to put this white stuff, BUT< to dump it in the harbor, or any water way is pure insanity… Think about the chemicals, contaminates, trash, oil, gas, and god Knows what else that could be mixed up in the snow,, How about Fecil matter from animals, Urine. and you think dumping tons of the stuff in the water ways is the only solution. Why not just flush every toilet into the harbor at the same time and then go fishing for seafood and take it home and feed your kids. YEAH I THOUGHT SO,

    • Carl

      Ya maybe if we dumped snow everyday for a year it would make a differance. but, rhe last time I looked the ocene is a pritty big place. I happen to be wheelchair bound and as such am invisable to a lot of people . All this snow is forcing me out into the sreet, what does it take ? someone to kill me to get some someone to notice me ? And for your info I come from a fishing family and have eatin ton’s of fish in my life time . and when I was a kid that was the practice every winter , just to dump it in the Boston harbor . I’m 68 years old and I’m still kicking so ya I would still eat fish . and all the fish you eat is caut from a very long way away from Boston habor.

  • anonymous

    the sound cuts out at 1:45. come on video editing dudes!

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  • Tom McShane

    Glad to see some sensible commenters here. I was terribly disappointed in WBZ’s report here. It sounded like the reporter and even Jack Williams were actually condoning the idea! BZ and Williams know how hard we have all worked to clean the harbor up! And it has paid huge dividends both economically and recreationally! A very poor job on BZ’s part tonight. Disappointing because we have come to expect better from you.

  • Johnney

    Massport is dumping snow into the harbor and DEP approved.

  • Pat

    Dumping the snow into the harbor is not forbidden, it just needs DEP approval. It is a deepwater harbor and dumping the snow will not affect the harbor in the long run.

  • CJ Sclu Lampkin

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  • Ealen Hunt

    Thanks for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting information. “Ridicule is the first and last argument of fools.” by Charles Simmons.

  • Vaen Vaen Mancity

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  • JO Youri

    Thanks for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting info . “Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it.” by Dan Quayle.

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