The harsh winter has left densely populated cities and towns in the Northeast with huge mounds of snow, and some wondering if local waterways might be a good place to dump it.
In Boston, one state senator suggested tossing the snow in the harbor in a “Boston snow party.” City officials have yet to sign on to the idea.
Dumping snow in rivers and streams comes with problems, including polluting the water with salt, motor oil and other contaminants.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t directly regulate dumping snow but recommends against dumping it in water. It also urges state and local governments to include snow disposal restrictions in storm water management plans.