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Monthly e-news from Charles River Watershed Association, an internationally-recognized leader in sustainable river management. Learn more at www.charlesriver.org. 



Free Fun Friday

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Join CRWA for our first Free Fun Friday with the Highland Street Foundation! Enjoy free canoeing and kayaking on the Charles River, fishing lessons, reading sessions with Raising A Reader MA, guided tree walks with Bartlett Tree Experts Waltham, and a day with our Aquatic scientist. It is an event you don't want to miss! Tell your friends. Bring a friend. 

Friday, July 13, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02466
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Sixth Champions of the Charles Gala 

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Experience a magical night at the Museum! Join Charles River Watershed Association for an evening of science, fun, and celebration at the Museum of Science on September 27th. We will honor Robert Zimmerman, CRWA Executive Director from 1990 - 2018, and John Sullivan of Boston and Water Sewer Commission for their tireless dedication to the Charles River.

Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
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Please contact Tani Marinovich at tmarinovich@crwa.org or visit our website if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

Volunteer at Sherrin Woods on July 27th


Volunteer with CRWA on July 27th at 9:30 am  Sherrin Woods in Hyde Park! Volunteers will help restore the beautiful urban environment alongside community members from the Boston Parks and the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation. Volunteers will help with pulling invasive plants, and conduct a tree identification and inventory citizen science project. Meet us at the Austin Rd./Windham St. entrance at 9:30am and choose which volunteer opportunity you would prefer. All are welcome! For more information please contact Lisa Kumpf.

Make a rain barrel!


Bob Zimmerman receives Visionary award 

Bob Zimmerman, Director of CRWA from 1990 until 2018, received a Visionary award from the the Gulf of Maine Council for his strategic thinking, and relentless work to improve the Charles River. The award recognizes innovation, creativity, and commitment to protecting the marine environment. Zimmerman was one of two Massachusetts environmental leaders to receive the award. Read more.



CRWA leads wetland restoration at Magazine Beach

On June 29th, 200 teenagers swarmed Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge to dig up invasive common reed (Phragmites australis), pick up trash, prune hedges, and plant native wetland plugs. At the same time, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation made its way through the park drilling holes in the ground to install five beautiful educational signs designed by the Magazine Beach Partners. But it was a long journey to get to this bustling day of activity, and the restoration project isn't over yet.
Since 2017, more than 580 volunteers representing 17 organizations participated in 20 volunteer days at the park digging up common reed and purple loosestrife that invaded the stormwater wetlands that were constructed in 2009. But there will be more volunteering to come. We'll need volunteers to continue to fight back the weeds every year to protect the native wetland plants on site. We also look forward to seeing the proposed rain garden constructed in the park as part of DCR's larger park-wide renovation project.
We thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for providing the initial funding for this project, the City of Cambridge for procuring native plant plugs and disposing of plant waste, DCR for its assistance designing and installing educational signs, Paul Kelly at MassAudubon for leading educational activities for the Morse and Amigos school, Sasha Vailleres and Luke Burkhalter at the Charles River Conservancy for organizing several volunteer events, and Cathie Zusy at the Magazine Beach Partners for leading the development of the educational signs and seasonal newsletters, recruiting volunteers, and facilitating various aspects of the project. We hope to see you at the park soon!

Green street on Edenfield avenue in Watertown


The construction and planting along Edenfield Avenue in Watertown was completed in the middle of June. The street now has a system of bioswales and tree trenches that treat and recharge stormwater runoff before it drains into the Charles River. Post construction monitoring is now underway in an effort to test the effectiveness of the two types of systems by comparing water quality of samples collected at pre-selected locations before and after construction.  This project has been financed with Federal Funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection under an s. 319 competitive grant, with match funding for construction being provided by the Watertown Department of Public Works. 

A New Path Along the Charles

Following an appeal by CRWA of Newton Country Day School's (NCDS) chapter 91 waterways license, the school has now agreed to build a permeable pathway across its leased property at the Daly Rink on Nonantum Road, Brighton, completing another section of the riverwalk. Construction is slated this year. 
CRWA appealed the original license issued by MassDEP because it did not protect the public trust in tidelands. CRWA is deeply committed to protecting public access on trust lands and the public will also be able to use the NCDS docks to launch canoes and kayaks and to enjoy the river  Our thanks to the eleven citizens who joined us in this administrative appeal.  


EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt,  has resigned. Deputy administrator Andrew Wheeler is now the agency’s acting chief. Read full report. 

Milford receives $25k for Charles River headwaters restoration 

The town of Milford recently received $25,000 through a state Department of Environmental Protection grant to create a restoration plan for a Charles River headwaters sub-watershed. The project is one of five selected by the department across the state that is aimed at examining pollution and planning how water quality can be improved in local watersheds. Read full article. 


Free Fun Friday
Friday, July 13, 2018
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Neponset RiverFest
Saturday, July 14, 2018
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Champions of the Charles Gala
Thursday, September 27, 2018
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"Saving the Charles River since 1965"

Our mission is to use science, advocacy and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed.

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