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CHARLES RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

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Education and Outreach
CRWA educates the public about the Charles River and shares our expertise in river conservation through workshops, classroom visits and online resources with water professionals, municipal employees and watershed residents.

Overview

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CRWA shares its expertise on water management with residents, students, government employees and water professionals, providing them with the information and skills necessary to protect the Charles River. 

CRWA understands that you cannot practice what you do not know and believes that if people are provided with the necessary resources, they will use green infrastructure and other mitigation techniques in smart ways to prevent pollution to the Charles River. 

For Watershed Residents

CRWA educates the public on how to enjoy the Charles River while staying safe and protecting the natural ennironment. As part of CRWA's Water Quality Notification Program, CRWA informs boaters when the Charles River is safe for boating at each of ten boat houses in the lower basin of the Charles River. Blue, yellow and red flags inform the public of current water quality conditions via our website, email list and with physical flags flown by partnering boat houses. To reach a general audience, staff speak at environmental forums and events held by garden clubs and community groups.

CRWA also has programs for watershed residents that demonstrate ways residents can  protect the Charles River Watershed. CRWA's rain garden resources and trainings guide homeowners to install rain gardens which keep pollution out of the Charles River. CRWA's series of green infrastructure fact sheets provide property owners with the tools they need to reduce polluted runoff from entering the Charles River and "green" their property. 

For Water Professionals

CRWA holds trainings and provides resources for municipal employees, developers and water professionals on how to effectively manage polluted stormwater runoff and comply with new or existing regulations.  Staff also lend their expertise to specific green infrastructure projects in towns and cities throughout the watershed. 

CRWA even extends its hand abroad by assisting water professionals who are interested in learning new approaches to river management. 

For Teachers and Students

CRWA's Watershed Scientist Classroom Learning App is ideal for students in grades 4-10. The app gives students a taste of field work and the ability to mock policy recommendations. Teachers have said this app is a great way to deepen their students' understanding of science and the environment.

Another blend between fun and education is our “Watershed in a Box”. CRWA brings the "Watershed in a Box" to public events such as World Ocean's Day and Dedham Trails Day to teach youth and adults about how pollution impacts the river. CRWA staff and the now-famous "Watershed in a Box" have made cameo appearances on Curious George, reaching children across the country. 

For College and Graduate Students 

Each semester, CRWA hosts watershed science and landscape design interns. Interns contribute to Blue Cities’ demonstration projects, collect water samples and data in the field, and coordinate volunteers for CRWA’s Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup and other events.  Our prestigious internship programs provide college and graduate students an opportunity to expand their skills in scientific research, design and advocacy. Many of CRWA's interns continue to work in the environmental field after completing school. 

About Education and Outreach

Project Manager

Julie Dyer Wood - Twinning
Julie Dyer Wood
Director of Projects
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