Framingham Online News

Caution! Turtles Crossing

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 9:12 am on June 2, 2011
Painted Turtle, Framingham, MA (USA)

This painted turtle may look both ways before crossing the road -- but might not be fast enough to get to the other side before being run over by a car. (Photo from Jmailk, WikiMedia Commons)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Town of Framingham Conservation Commissioner Nicola Cataldo sent out an email reminding residents that several species of turtles are currently nesting around town.


The turtles which sometimes nest hundreds of yards from the many ponds and slower moving parts of the Sudbury River where they live will frequently attempt to cross roadways.

Residents are advised to be on the lookout for the turtles and avoid running them over.

The most populace species is town is the Eastern Painted Turtle which has a ...[read more]

MWRA Tunnel Leaking 8 Million Gallons Per Hour

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 11:19 am on May 2, 2010

May 1st, 2010 - MWRA Leak in Weston

MWRA supply tunnels, connectors and aqueducts in and near Weston, MA

WESTON, MA - on Saturday afternoon, (May 1, 2010), the Metropolitan Water Resource Authority, (MWRA), announced a major break in a 10 foot diameter pipe.

The break is located where the MetroWest Water Supply Tunnel meets the City Tunnel on Recreation Road in Weston.

The leak has caused 8 million gallons of water per hour to leak from the water supply into the Charles River.

Framingham residents are not affected by this break, and no "boil water" advisory for the town has been issued.

Due to infiltration of the water supply, residents of the following towns and MWRA designated areas east of Weston are advised to ...[read more]

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Presentation by DPW at Heritage

Filed under: Around Town,Politics by News Staff at 8:37 pm on February 25, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Nobscot Neighbors and Espresso Paulo are pleased to bring you a presentation by The Framingham Department of Public Works “Everything you ever wanted to know about Water, Sewer and Roadway projects coming to Nobscot..”  Monday night March 1, 2010, from 7 ­ 9 PM, in The Peloquin Room at The Heritage, Nobscot.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to hear from DPW on the major projects about to begin in the Nobscot area of Framingham. The scope of work in Nobscot that we will hear about exceeds that which is typical of a routine project year. This is also true for other areas of Town.

While DPW might touch on some of these other endeavors, the primary focus of this meeting will be the projects in Nobscot.

We expect this to be another exciting Nobscot Neighbors event - Everyone is welcome!

Coffee prepared by Paul Ashton, Potluck Dessert

$43 Million Birch Road Well Project Discussed on Local Cable TV

Filed under: General Interest,Politics by Deb Cleveland at 4:53 pm on September 27, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- If you'd like to hear an in-depth discussion about Framingham's $43M Birch Road Well Project to reduce the town's dependence on MWRA water by 50%, tune in to hear the experts discuss the overall project on public access t.v. on:

The Audrey Hall Show:

  • Monday 9/28/09, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9/29/09, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday 9/30/09 9:00 a.m.

The well site has been referred to as the "highest yielding" aquifer in eastern Massachusetts and after years of discussing the potential of the well the town started to seriously consider the project in 2003, with aquifer testing beginning in spring 2006.

In May, Town Meeting approved a $40.3 million water treatment facility project that would tap into the Birch Road Wells. The site is located in Saxonville adjacent to the PUD site (formerly NE Sand and Gravel) just off of Old Conn Path near the Wayland line. The aquifer tapped by the wells and treated by the facility could supply more than 4 million gallons daily, nearly half of the town's water supply. This has the potential to save the town tens of millions of dollars in years to come.

The town has to pay a fee to the MWRA annually and the rates keep escalating. In 2008 MWRA water cost Framingham $6.3 million. Projected 2014 costs for the town are estimated to be $9.3 million.

In 2013, the Birch Road Wells water could potentially cost about 40 percent less than MWRA water. In addition to the savings on MWRA water, Framingham can benefit from some federal stimulus funding, which could amount to 14 percent of the project's cost, or about $5.6 million.

There are some concerns, including magnesium levels and the impact of a plume of PCE from a spill decades ago during experiments on the property to develop a quick means of patching damaged air fields.

Wayland officials are concerned about the impact on their water supply. Richard Miller of the Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee has raised concerns about the impact to Lake Cochituate.

NE Rain Barrel Offer for Framingham Residents

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 11:08 pm on July 20, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Interested in conserving water? Keep your garden green all summer long with a New England Rain barrel. Special offer: Framingham residents can get the barrel for only $ 62, instead of the regular price of $ 85.

Save money and reduce use of town facilities

To order, call: (877) 977-3135 toll free, or order online at

This is a limited offer. All orders must be received by New England Rain Barrel prior to or on August 17, 2006.

Pickup will be at the DPW Operations Center, 100 Western Avenue
in Framingham on Saturday August 19, 2006 from 9 a.m. until noon.

All area residents are invited to participate in this conservation program!

The program is subsidized by DEP but Framingham doesn’t have a grant to provide the rain barrels. This is a one time event in Framingham for 2006. The DPW and Conservation Commission do no work other than promoting the event and then supplying some support staff on the delivery date, August 19, 2006.

Why a rain barrel? Residential irrigation can account for 400f domestic water consumption in a given municipality. Rain barrels not only store water, they help decrease demand during the sweltering summer months.

Only ¼ inch of rainfall runoff from the average roof will completely fill the typical barrel.

Collection of water from rooftop runoff can provide an ample supply of this free “soft water” containing no chlorine, lime or calcium. Because it tends to have fewer sediments and dissolved salts than municipal water, rain water is ideal for planter beds for a multitude of applications, including biodynamic and organic vegetable gardens, planter beds for botanicals, indoor tropicals like ferns and orchids, automobile washing and cleaning household windows. Saving water in this manner will reduce your demand of treated tap water and save money by lowering your monthly bill.

Rain water diversion also helps decrease the burden on water treatment facilities and municipal drainage systems during storms. The storage of rain water is also recommended for general emergency preparedness, or for areas prone to disasters or drought.