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Watertown seeing spike in jet noise pollution after Logan changes, councilor says

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 25, 2013 12:51 PM

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Watertown officials are investigating overhead airplane noise after a new flight path at Logan Airport has caused planes to fly directly over Watertown and other surrounding communities in recent months, according to a city councilor.

Watertown's Committee on State, Federal and Regional Government will hold a meeting Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to discuss the uptick in low-flying planes that councilor Angeline Kounelis says has left her house shaking at all hours of the day this fall.

Kounelis said that she is observing action in Belmont, where officials have voted to join the Logan Community Advisory Committee, a group of representatives from about 30 Boston-area communities who want to reduce overhead noise from airplanes arriving at or departing from Logan Airport in Boston.

Kounelis said she is eying the committee with a great deal of interest, and might involve Watertown on it soon.

Several communities became involved after recent commercial air traffic changes were instated at Logan Airport, which have concentrated some flight paths with GPS navigation to make trips more efficient, officials said. However, several communities' residents say the loud jet engines are becoming a burden as planes fly the same routes over and over -- directly above their homes.

Currently, the advisory committee -- which consists of Greater Boston communities within a 20-mile radius from Logan Airport -- is working with the airport and the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a Logan noise study, which will help figure out a tangible way to cut back on the loud sounds while also letting airplane pilots travel to and from Logan safely.


For more information on next week's meeting, visit Watertown's official website.

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