Swimming in the Charles River revived

Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2013 08:30 pm
Fully sanctioned swimming in a river that has been described as a sewer extension since the 1950s resumed Saturday. Full story here.


Old non-Bostonian Abuzz hands will be gratified to learn that the swimming spot is near the Hatch Shell. Laughing
Region Philbis
Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2013 09:32 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Swimming in the Charles River, like playing in the street, is something generations of
Boston children have been taught will lead to no good. At the very least, to a tetanus shot.

But since 1995, when the EPA gave the water quality a grade of D, the health of the river
has improved dramatically, rising to a B in 2011, and now meeting the state standards for
swimming most days of the summer. The bottom of the river remains a toxic mess, but if
a swimmer can get in and out of the water without touching the squishy bottom, no tetanus
shot is necessary.
i love that dirty water, but i sure as hell ain't going swimming in it...
Lustig Andrei
Reply Sat 13 Jul, 2013 10:29 pm
@Region Philbis,
Me neither. I learned how to handle a sailboat on that water and was so happy that I never fell overboard. It was one of my major fears, wearing life-vest and everything.
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Reply Sun 14 Jul, 2013 06:22 am
Went in a couple of times canoe-racing.
Fortunately, my tetanus shots were up-to-date.

Going canoeing on the Mystic this afternoon.
My plan is to keep the boat upright.
Reply Sun 14 Jul, 2013 08:03 am
I walked on top of it one time but I never even felt religious.
Reply Sun 14 Jul, 2013 10:37 am
@Region Philbis,
But, how do you enter a river without touching the bottom? Hot air balloon, I suppose, but it sure sounds awkward.
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Reply Sun 14 Jul, 2013 10:38 am
We probably eat and drink the same stuff in our recycled water and processed food every day.
Reply Sun 14 Jul, 2013 11:58 am
Not quite. Exposure to sewage, quantities of heavy metals and chemical by-products at this level is a lot more risky. If you could see pictures of the bottom...well, you couldn't see. Jimmy Hoffa is there in pieces.
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Reply Sun 14 Jul, 2013 12:05 pm
Reminds me of a Coleridge poem about the Rhine;

[ln Koln, a town of monks and bones,
And pavements fang'd with murderous stones
And rags, and hags, and hideous wenches ;
I counted two and seventy stenches,
All well defined, and several stinks !
Ye Nymphs that reign o'er sewers and sinks,
The river Rhine, it is well known,
Doth wash your city of Cologne ;
But tell me, Nymphs, what power divine
Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine
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Lustig Andrei
Reply Sun 14 Jul, 2013 07:26 pm
Ragman wrote:

I walked on top of it one time but I never even felt religious.

So did I one winter back in the mid-1950s when the ice was solid. I actually walked all the way across from Boston to Cambridge. There was a Cambridge cop standing on the far bank, having something akin to apoplexy. He took my name and address and gave me a stern lecture on risking my life that way but apparently couldn't think of any laws I might have violated. So he let me go.
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