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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 Bob 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 interested in volunteering. 


Bob Zimmerman to receive EPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year EPA New England presents Environmental Merit Awards to individuals, businesses, and government agencies that have made outstanding contributions on behalf of New England's public health and natural environment. This year, CRWA's own Bob Zimmerman will be honored at an awards ceremony in Faneuil Hall for his lifelong commitment to the health of the Charles River. All are invited to attend.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
11:00 AM
Faneuil Hall
4 South Market Street
Boston, MA 02109


"Green Streets in Dense Communities" Webinar

Join CRWA's Julie Dyer Wood and the City of Cambridge's Melissa Miguel for their Green Streets in Dense Communities webinar. The webinar is part of EPA's Soak Up the Rain campaign to raise awareness about stormwater pollution and solutions and will showcase results of a two year planning initiative by the City of Cambridge and CRWA to identify and design green infrastructure strategies for dense, residential city streets. CRWA designed three individual "green streets," an innovative stormwater management approach that captures rain where it falls by using vegetation, soil, and engineered systems to slow, filter, and clean stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. For more information and to register.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

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Please contact Myra Schwartz at schwartz.myra@epa.gov with any questions.

I-90 Site Visit Walk co-led by Emily Norton & Elisabeth Cianciola


WalkBoston is co-hosting a site walk with CRWA, Charles River Conservancy, and Esplanade Association along a portion of the throat section of the I-90 Project. The walk will highlight the importance of improved pedestrian and bike access in addition to improved river health. For CRWA the restoration opportunity this project offers is as important as increasing the resiliency of the Charles River Basin as part of the massive MassDOT Allston/I-90 Interchange replacement project. Read our joint letter to the MassDOT Review Team here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
BU Beach
270 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215


Success with Stormwater Fees

Join EPA's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center and the Water Environment Federation for this free webinar, which will provide successful and leading-edge examples of how communities have supported their stormwater programs using stormwater fees.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT



"Pollution Solution: Community Action for a Cleaner Charles River" Workshop

Join the Waltham Land Trust for a presentation by Elisabeth Cianciola of the CRWA on the history of the Charles River, its current state, and ways members of the community can help improve its health for the future. The one-hour lecture will be followed by 30 minutes of smaller group talk and interaction. Please come learn how you can be part of the pollution solution!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
First Parish Church
50 Church Street
Waltham, MA 02452
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Revitalizing Sherrin Woods Urban Wild


On July 27th 2018, CRWA co-hosted a volunteer event with Boston Parks and the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (SWBCDC) at Sherrin Woods Urban Wild in Hyde Park. Despite the heat, 17 volunteers and 8 youth from the SWBCDC’s summer Green Team joined in work projects including removing invasive plants and identifying and inventorying over 100 trees in the Woods. 

This event was backed by a TD Green Streets grant, awarded by TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation to Boston Parks, which sponsored planting more than 80 trees in Sherrin Woods earlier this summer. Boston Parks’ Commissioner, Chris Cook, was present to receive the award and say a few words. Cook was joined by City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George and Tim McCarthy, proponents of the environment and green spaces in the city. To continue the restoration, another work day will be held on Saturday, October 13th and will include tree planting, tree inventory, and invasive plant removal.



Greening the Streets of Watertown: Edenfield Avenue


On August 30th, Pallavi Kalia Mande, CRWA’s Director of Blue Cities, presented a webinar that showcased actions taken by the Town of Watertown and the CRWA to turn Edenfield Avenue into the first "green street" in Watertown, MA. A green street incorporates green infrastructure systems that utilize plants and soil to cool, treat and infiltrate stormwater runoff, along a roadway. The green street will reduce pollution to the Charles River while beautifying the neighborhood and improving the pedestrian and driving experience. Learn more about this project and view videos of the newly installed green infrastructure on our website.



MA Environmental Bond Bill Signing


On August 21st, CRWA Executive Director Emily Norton attended the ceremonial signing of the Environmental Bond Bill by Governor Baker along with numerous legislators and advocacy allies. She was also interviewed after the event by Channel 7 News WHDH. The bond bill authorizes $2.4 billion for capital projects including dam removal and repair, culvert replacement, coastal resiliency measures, municipal water infrastructure, land conservation and transportation, and more.


EPA Environmental Merit Award Ceremony
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 11:00 AM

"Green Streets" Webinar
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 1:00 PM
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Charles River "Throat" Site Walk
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 5:30 PM
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"Pollution Solution" Workshop
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7:30 PM
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Champions of the Charles Gala
Thursday, September 27, 2018
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