Boston Might Dump Excess Snow Into the Harbor

Yet another snow day here at Emerson, and for many other schools around Boston… For nearly a month now, we have a weekly appointment with a snow storm…and for a month some students still haven’t had their Monday classes. And while some students are rejoicing with the news, others are simply tired of all this white stuff messing up the morning commute, (or any commute for that matter). With all these delays some colleges (like Emerson) are resorting to Saturday classes to keep classes on schedule.
Optimism about abating snow storms has diminished, especially with the decision of Punxsutawney Phil to be frightened by his own shadow. Six more weeks of winter?? Can Boston handle even more snow if it does come?


Boston is considering dumping snow into the ocean as it runs out of room to deposit its recent snowfall.

The city has received 61 inches in the past 30 days, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh says Boston’s snow melters are unable to keep up with the demand, the Boston Globe reports. The city’s vacant “snow farms” are also almost filled up.

“We’re going to explore the opportunity of putting this snow in the ocean,” Walsh said. “We’re looking at that now because of the amount of snow we have.”

Dumping snow into the ocean is normally prohibited, except for special occasions when extreme snowfall puts public safety at risk. A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection says the snow-removal tactic is allowed, as long as the city notifies the state and the Boston Conservation Commission. Several other cities in the state have already notified state authorities of similar…

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