Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cochituate's Three Ponds

In addition to providing some welcome and refreshing air, yesterday's thunderstorms, having swept in from the Adirondacks, also brought along Capt'n Dangerous of the Adirondack Pirate Paddlers.  The Capt'n was taking a brief hiatus from pirate duties and joined me today in trash patrolling all three of the Cochituate ponds in Wayland and Natick.  Our boats entered the water at DCR's North Pond cartop boat launch off of Route 30.  This site is a little further east and north of the paved ramp used by trailered boats.  Here's the Capt'n at the helm of his trusty Caribou...

It was his first visit to this body of water which, before the building of Wachusett and Quabbin Reservoirs, provided drinking water to the city of Boston.

Coincidentally, Wikipedia mentions that the civil engineer who performed the survey and plan for Cochituate's use as a water supply was James F. Baldwin.  James was the son of Loammi Baldwin who designed the Middlesex Canal and Shawsheen Aqueduct 

Trash was refreshingly light today as can be seen in this photo...

Total was 18 pieces and these consisted of 9 recyclable containers (3 redeemable) and 9 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish such as a deflated floatable, plastic bag, bait tubs, etc.  YTD total stands at 3893.

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