Giant snow mounds still towering in our parking lots in late April remind us of the three powerful northeaster snowstorms that made this past March one of the snowiest on record. Government departments and large landowners are no longer allowed to dump excess snow into rivers, the ocean, or other bodies of water because of salt, trash, and possible toxic materials that might be intermixed with the snow. So they create mountains of snow that melt in the spring.
This year’s snow mound on the Hammond Pond Parkway in Newton was enormous; a 300 foot long, 48 foot wide, and 21 foot high wall of snow. Making some simple assumptions, this mound was about 5000 cubic yards in volume, or 400 dump truck loads of snow.
In late March the parkway mound was dirty white, but it has now become blackish, as the snow melted, leaving behind sand, soil, and other debris on the convoluted and eroded surface. Much of the surface dirt is jagged, rice grain-sized fragments of black rubber; this is probably “crumb rubber” used to provide cushioning on athletic fields. The surface of the mound also has scattered grass clumps, large rocks, logs, sticks, chunks of concrete, and metal and plastic junk.
This posting is a summary of longer article published in the Newton Tab.