Monday, October 28, 2013

The Charles Between Dams


Wanting to explore a new section of the Charles River had me studying my copy of Ron McAdow's The Charles River: Exploring Nature and History on Foot and by Canoe last night.  The section of river selected was the one he refers to as "Bays Region" between South Natick Dam and Cochrane Dam.
Early this morning I launched from Red Wing Bay in Needham, just above Cochrane Dam, and headed upriver. 

 
It was immediately apparent that there's still a little fall foliage left in places...


The cold temperatures required gloves which impeded getting at my camera in time to catch a photo of 3 white-tailed deer crossing someone's yard.

Fortunately, during this coldest part of the day, the wind had yet to awaken as can be seen approaching the Central Street bridge...

Further along was one of the longer straightaways paddled this morning...

Ducks (both mallards and wood ducks) were plentiful, yet I saw no hunters.

The largest concentration of trash was in the area of the Waban Arches which can be seen rising above Waban Brook...
The Waban Arches were built in 1876 to carry the Sudbury Aqueduct over the brook and thereby deliver drinking water to Boston.  I'm not sure if the aqueduct is still in use.

After paddling around the Elm Bank Peninsula I caught sight of someone's laughing choppers...
...actually on a stuffed animal of some kind.  They seem appropriate for this upcoming Halloween.

After rounding a few more bends I arrived at the South Natick Dam...
...where I turned around for the trip back to Red Wing Bay.  The wind was now very much awake and clouds associated with a passing cold front were rapidly moving in.

One nice touch noted on this stretch of the Charles River were signs such as this one...
...on most of the bridges displaying names of towns on either side, and the mileage from Boston Harbor.

My trash haul prior to classification...
There were 72 recyclable containers (19 redeemable) and 38 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish including a baseball helmet (appropriate considering the ongoing World Series).
YTD = 5490

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful morning. Although it is functional the Sudbury Aqueduct is no longer used for water supply. The sources for the aqueduct are the three Framingham reservoirs (Stearns, Bracket and Foss). This system was upgraded when the Sudbury Dam (Fayville Dam) was built to meet the growing demand. That was followed by the Wachusett Reservoir and then finally the Quabbin Reservoir. Unfortunatly the Sudbury aqueduct cannot be used as a backup supply due to contamination of the Sudbury River by Nyanza Corp. Those original aqueducts were gravity systems hence the arches over the lowlands. I could talk about the water supply system all day, a marvel of engineering in its time.

Suasco Al said...

Anonymous, Thanks for providing the information on the Sudbury Aqueduct's past and current status. It is an impressive looking structure, especially when seen from Waban Brook.