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.

This Feb. 1, 2011 photo shows a car that landed vertically into a snowbank after a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 93 during a snow storm north of Salem, N.H. No one was injured. (AP Photo/The Eagle-Tribune, Tim Jean)

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.

Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.