A Visit to Moon and Long Island In Boston Harbor Massachusetts Oyster Project Restoring oysters to their natural range to improve harbor water quality June 6, 2011
Introduction <ul><li>Moon Island is frequently mentioned as a place where aquaculture might be possible and there have been proposals to use the old waste storage tanks for that purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, the islands are restricted access. Recently through a called volunteer program TUGG (Technology Gives Back) I was able to access the islands while working at the farm associated with the Long Island Shelter. </li></ul>
Map of Long Island and Moon Island in Boston Harbor Moon Island Long Island
Moon Island <ul><li>Moon Island is connected to Quincy via a causeway built in the late 1870s. </li></ul><ul><li>The Viaduct to Long Island was built in 1951. </li></ul><ul><li>Moon Island currently has a shooting range, a fire training facility and the old sewer tanks. </li></ul><ul><li>There are plans for adding a windmill to the island </li></ul>Photo with Moon Island in the lower left. Spectacle Island is on the top.
Moon Island <ul><li>Moon Island was integral to Boston’s first sewage system. Effluent from 14 towns was collected there and released into an outgoing tide. Four huge cut-granite storage tanks with a 50-million gallon capacity were built by the Cape Ann Granite Company to handle the sewage. These vats were formed by digging out the northern section of the hill and cementing and bricking the sides of the excavation. This reservoir was divided into four compartments, each with inlets and four outlets. The tanks were 900 by 150 feet (46 m) and 17 feet (5.2 m) deep. The bottoms were seven feet thick and were grooved to ease the removal of sludge. At one end was a gatehouse. The tank outlets were connected with a power pump and a turbine that was used to open the gates of the outflow pipe. The 12-foot (3.7 m) diameter outflow conduit extended 600 feet (180 m) into the harbor from the northern end of Moon Island. The Sewage Plant was completed in 1884 at a cost of $6-million. </li></ul>
The Sewer Structures One day we may be able to use one of these tanks to raise oysters.
An amazing place <ul><li>Long Island is an amazing place through the years it has served as farm, a woodlot, a place to keep Indians during war, a Fort, a hospital for those with long term illness and a shelter. Now thanks to the work of Mayor Menino and others it houses Camp Harborview for Children as well. I wish that I had both more time and the authorization to explore it in greater depth. </li></ul>
Approaching the main campus and Long Island Water Tower
The Curley Auditorium The Curley Auditorium is condemned due to asbestos, which is too bad. It sits high above the water with a porch that would be wonderful for intermissions during Summer Theater. In this auditorium Dropkick Murphys’ recorded their video of “The State of Massachusetts " a song about the effects of drugs on individuals and their families. It was released as the first single from the album, The Meanest of Times . and was especially popular with the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins sports teams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7xTWAzuT0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVvcslW21lQ
Flora covers the island and the flowers smell wonderful.
The highly productive farm produces 250,000 pounds of food a year.
The Grotto Dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima The old chapel once stood beside it.
The newer(?) Chapel I did not go in and do not know if this building is still in use
View South to Peddocks’ Rainsford and Georges’ Islands
The Massachusetts Oyster Project for Clean Water <ul><li>We are seeking to restore oysters to Boston Harbor to improve water quality, increase the biodiversity, increase peoples ties to the Harbor through their involvement and to provide meaningful educational opportunities for our youth. </li></ul>