Showing posts with label ice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ice. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

In our triadic water world, which will we choose

"Every winter, de-icing salts — sodium chloride, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride — battle icy roads nationwide. The effort is epic in scope: Hundreds of millions of gallons of salty substances are sprayed on roads and billions of pounds of rock salt are spread on their surfaces each year. That may lead to safer roads, but it has a real effect on the planet. In a review in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a group of environmental scientists looked at the hazards of salts that make driving safer.

De-icing salts end up in bodies of fresh water, contaminating lakes and streams and building up in wetlands. The Environmental Protection Agency’s thresholds are not high enough to protect life in freshwater, the scientists write, and “there is also an urgent need to understand how freshwater organisms respond to novel chemical cocktails generated from road salt salinization.”

Then there’s drinking water."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

DPW Director Robert "Brutus" Cantoreggi has talked of the salt issue before. Drinking water is critical to Franklin as all our water supply comes from the aquifer in the ground, hence the 'triadic' approach Director Cantoreggi frequently talks of.

You can find the details in the water works overview for 2017

Or in the storm water utility presentation from 2019

triadic approach to water
triadic approach to water

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

On this Date: Feb 20, 2008 - Pirelli Arena dedicated

We shared the news on this date in Feb 2008:
"At 8:18 p.m., all the shouting, banging and stomping at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink halted. 
Young men in blue and white uniforms skating in circles and slamming pucks at their goal lined up, facing their opposition in silence. For a few brief moments, only the sound of bagpipes honoring fallen soldier Robert Ryan Pirelli could be heard. 
Following Gov. Deval Patrick's approval Friday, the town renamed the arena last night at the final Panthers home game of the season in memory of Staff Sgt. Pirelli, a former Panther hockey player who was killed by enemy fire in Iraq last year."

From the archives on this day, 2/20/2008

Sgt Pirelli is also in the recognized in the archives in 2009 when the Iraq/Afghanistan monument is dedicated with his name inscribed

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Other action items (audio)

From the Town Council meeting 5/7/08, a series of resolutions were discussed briefly and voted on to approve funding for the following:
  • balance the snow/ice account now that winters passed
  • zoning board advertising budget
  • override election funding
  • veterans budget adjustment
  • comptroller budget adjustment

Time: 5 minutes, 37 seconds

MP3 File

My notes taken during the meeting can be found here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Finance Committee Meeting Summary 5/6/08

The audio segments from the Finance Committee meeting of Tuesday 5/6/08 are as follows:

Nutting updates the Facilities Issue (audio)

Override Information (audio)

Possible 4 Corners Bldg/Land Sale (audio)

Budget adjustments for snow/ice (audio)

New Ladder Truck arrives next week (audio)

Override Election Budget Approved (audio)

4 Corners Bldg for $2.5M (text)

Budget adjustments for snow/ice

From the Franklin Finance Committee of 5/6/08, budget transfers for the current fiscal year (FY 08) to cover the unbudgeted expense for the winter snow and ice removal.

This will also likely be an under-budgeted item for next year.

Time: 3 minutes, 14 seconds

MP3 File

Saturday, February 2, 2008

About to go swimming

About to go swimming, originally uploaded by shersteve.

If it gets much warmer, or continues to stay warm for a few more days, these guys are about to go for a swim.