COMBINED SEWER FLOWS INTO THE MERRIMACK RIVER

COMBINED SEWER FLOWS INTO THE MERRIMACK RIVER

 Water Closet for July 20, 2018 The mighty Merrimack River, our 117-mile-long neighbor to the north, receives water from over 5000 square miles of watershed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The old Closeteer remembers a stinking sewer at times mid-last century as...
A HERON ROOKERY WHERE THREE TOWNS MEET

A HERON ROOKERY WHERE THREE TOWNS MEET

Water Closet for July 6, 2018      There is a little-known village perched high in dead white pines near where Boxford, North Andover, and Middleton meet.  Its noisy occupants, presently occupying over forty nests, gather spring and summer to raise a new generation of...
THE CURTIS OAK IN MIDDLETON

THE CURTIS OAK IN MIDDLETON

Water Closet for June 29, 2018   A huge white oak, Quercus alba, in Middleton, one-tenth a mile from the Ipswich River, still stands after four centuries.  For over 16 human generations, surrounded by people who liked to cut down this valuable oak species for ships,...
LOWELL’S  BOAT SHOP TO CURZON’S MILL BY DORY

LOWELL’S  BOAT SHOP TO CURZON’S MILL BY DORY

Water Closet for June 22, 2018      Two old-timers, former members of the Rings Island Rowing Club, borrowed a dory from Lowell’s Boat Shop and along with two old friends rowed up the Merrimack River on the tides to the Artichoke River and back.  Old in the previous...

MOST OF OUR BIOSPHERE IS WATER

  Water Closet for June 15, 2018 For over half a century TV nature and news shows have featured marine biologist and diver Silvia Earle.  This spunky octogenarian has inspired hundreds to study our oceans.  Oceans are now made up in part of plastics from the size of...