The island was likely used seasonally by Native Americans. Colonists used the island for grazing their cattle. It has a long history of use for sewage treatment. It is nw part of the Boston Project with the new facility at Deer Island.
The new pump facility at Nut Island is part of one of the largest, most elaborate constructed water features in the country.
A 4.8-mile tunnel from Nut Island pumps sewage from 21 South Shore communities to Deer Island for primary treatment.
Views and Vistas
Nut Island is visible from the islands in Quincy Bay. Islands most visible from Nut Island include Peddocks, Hangman, Rainsford, Moon and Long Islands. Following are known names for Nut Island: Houghs Tomb, Hoff’s Thumb.
Sources: MWRA (photo & text), NPS (text)
Video below from the Patriot Ledger, and Sue Scheible's 'A Good Age' column for June 26, 2007