Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup - Charles River Watershed Association


Thank you to all of our volunteers who braved the weather to make the Charles River more beautiful!

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On Saturday, April 26, volunteers picked up trash at sites through the watershed as part of the 15th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. In a collaboration led by Charles River Watershed Association(CRWA), volunteers from over 120 groups throughout the watershed worked together to remove litter and debris and  eradicate invasive species in an effort to beautify the Charles River and surrounding parklands.

Celebrating its 15th year, the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup not only gives over 3,000 volunteers an opportunity to serve their communities as stewards of the Charles River parklands, but also provides participants a connection to the river that far outlasts this one day event.

Volunteers braved the steady rain and chilly temperatures to beautify the Charles River Reservation and other local parks by picking up trash, raking away old leaves and removing invasive weeds. Frequent items found included bottles, cigarette butts, and styrofoam cups.

This annual event provides volunteers the opportunity to have a sustained connection with the Charles River while contributing to improved river health. Lisa Menelly, a volunteer at the Shaws Market site in Waltham explained "This is our fourth year volunteering and we love this event. It's amazing how far the Charles River has improved since I was a kid.”

Following the Cleanup, volunteers celebrated their hard work with a picnic at the Hatch Memorial Shell, one of three picnics rewarding participants for a productive morning of community service. A speaking program featuring Charles River Watershed Association's Executive Director Bob Zimmerman, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner David Cash, Senator William Brownsberger, Charles River Conservancy's Executive Director Renata von Tscharner, and the Esplanade Association's Executive Director Kate Fichter was followed by a lunch donated in part by Whole Foods Market and Hyatt Regency. JetBlue Airlines provided entertainment and volunteer appreciation gift bags.

Joining a movement across the country, the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup is a part of American Rivers' National River Cleanup®, which to date has removed over 4 million pounds of trash from America’s waterways. Volunteers received an Official Cleanup T-shirt designed by Massachusetts College of Art and Design student Frank Koran. 

Cleanup Organizers & Partners

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2014 Cleanup Sponsors

Thank you to all of our amazing cleanup sponsors. This event would not be possible without them.

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Cleanup Supporter

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Picnic Friends 

Shaw's River Street
Stop and Shop 

Special thanks to Watertown Yacht Club for making their facility available as a rest stop for Cleanup volunteers.

Interested in sponsoring the 15th Annual Earthday Charles River Cleanup? We would love to partner with your company or organization. View the sponsorship packet or contact Alexandra Ash for more information.