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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
6:00 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. Contact Nishaila Porter at nporter@crwa.org if you are insterested in volunteering. 

Welcome Lisa Kumpf to the CRWA team


Lisa Kumpf is our new Rita Barron Fellow! She will be coordinating our volunteer monthly monitoring program and providing support to our field science programs, specifically our wetland restoration and water management projects. Lisa holds a B.S. in Geology from UMass Amherst, and is finishing her M.S. in Geology from Boston College where she is doing research on the Yellow River Delta in China. Through this fellowship, Lisa hopes to contribute to CRWA's scientific and educational pursuits to help make a difference in her hometown watershed. 

The River that connects us: The Charles  


Charles River Watershed Association invites you to join us on August 30th at the West End Library for an exhibit on the Charles River. Explore ”The River that Connects us”, a photo exhibit on the Boston and Metro-west area, while welcoming CRWA's new executive director, Emily Norton. The Charles River focused exhibit features 12 photos taken by photographer Rick Laurence who will also be in attendance.  

Drinks and light refreshments will be served

Thursday, August 30, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
West End Boston Public Library
151 Cambridge Street
 Boston, MA 02114


Please RSVP by Monday, August 27th

Please contact Nishaila Porter at nporter@crwa.org with any questions.

Shop Amazon Smiles with CRWA 

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Bringing new life to the Charles River basin

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In the days before Memorial Drive and the Longfellow Bridge were constructed, the Charles River was home to wetlands and a lush green riverbank. Today, the south side of the river supports vibrant parks, while the north side is hard edged along the riverbank.  

A panel discussion titled "Bringing new life to the Charles River basin" will explore ideas and opportunities that can help bring life and ecological vitality back to the Charles. Pallavi Mande, Director of Blue Cities at CRWA will speak as part of the panel along with Galen Fulford, Managing Director at Biomatrix and Laura Jasinski, Executive Director of the Charles River Conservancy. 

This event is related to an ongoing exhibit titled NatureStructure . Galen will present his innovative design Floating Ecosystems and explore opportunities for local implementation. Laura will share details on CRC's Swim Park Project, an ongoing initiative to bring urban swimming back to the Charles. Pallavi's talk will focus on CRWA's Blue Cities approach to restore the lower basin of the Charles using water centric planning and design strategies. The discussion will be moderated by Scott Burnham, curator of NatureStructure exhibition.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
BSA Space
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
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 Massachusetts Legislative Wrap Up: The Environment


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CRWA, a member of the Green Budget Coalition and the MA Climate Change Adaptation Coalition, is happy to report that the environment and climate resiliency had significant gains in the state legislative session that just ended. Among these are:

Increased funding for MA environmental agencies in the operating budget: 

-Increases of $3 million for Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Parks and $4 million for the Department of Environmental Protection over last year's budget

-A new line item for specific park projects funded at $5 million.

Environmental Bond Bill with over $2.4 billion in authorizations: 

-$420 million for DCR reservations, forests, parks, and campgrounds

-$55 million for rivers, wetlands, ponds, and streams

-$15 million for electric vehicles incentives and matching grant

-Requirement for a statewide climate adaptation plan, with five year updates.

Bond funding will improve removal of aquatic invasive plants, more urban river restoration projects, expanded water quality monitoring and research, and removal of failing dams and culverts. Unfortunately, a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags was not adopted in the bond.

While the state budget still falls short of the “1% for the environment” goal, the agency budget increases and the enactment of a new environmental bond are wins.   


State officials urge continued water conservation

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urged residents across the Commonwealth to conserve water last month following two months of dry weather and above normal temperatures. The Drought Management Task Force, composed of state, federal and local officials, continue to assess hydrological conditions across the state and determined that while conditions do not meet the level of a drought at this time, closer monitoring of water resources by government officials and water conservation by the public are necessary.  

Endangered species at risk again 

For 45 years the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has successfully protected wildlife, including species like the Bald Eagle, which the ESA helped bring back from the brink of disappearing in the US. However more than two dozen pieces of legislation, policy initiatives, and amendments designed to weaken the law have surfaced. Read full article. 


Bringing New Life to the Charles River Basin
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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The River that Connects us: The Charles
Thursday, August 30, 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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