Saturday, July 14, 2012

The tides have turned, or have they?

Prof. Berman told us that he wasn't going to get into public policy (that is a different class) but we got to experience firsthand the effects of good public policy.  Boston Harbor is now clean and people are enjoying it.  We saw people on the shore gazing over the water, people on cruise boats heading out for the day, sailboats whose captains presumably do not have to fear death if their boat capsizes, buildings under construction which are contributing to a vibrant waterfront economy, and the residents along the shore who now enjoy higher property values and cleaner beaches.

Our boat ride on the T's Harbor Express began under cloudy skies, and the air muggy and in the mid-80s.  By the time, we reached Quincy, the sun had come out and it felt warmer.  The tide began low -- we could see that the water had fallen leaving seaweed behind.  Prof. Berman claimed that low tide was minutes later, at 1:20pm, and that the tide would have risen by the time we returned.  But photos I took of the area near the Harbor Express dock show that the sea was at a lower level than when we had started.  I looked up the tide chart for today and low tide was at 2:24pm.  Either Prof. Berman was right when he claimed he was not a trusted source or I do not know how to read a tide chart, in which case I will never hear the end of it.

Tide before we left, at 1:23pm
Tide after we returned, at 2:55pm

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