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EPA TO PROTECT MORE WATERBODIES AND WETLANDS UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT

Water Pollution - Outfall pipe

On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced new rules that will place more small bodies of water and wetlands under the protection of the Clean Water Act.

The rules aims to reverse the effects of the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court Rapanos v. United States decision, which undermined the Federal government's ability to enforce pollution laws for smaller streams and bodies of water. Using scientific studies that state connections between smaller streams, wetlands, and downstream waters; the rules would outline which waterways are subject to federal pollution regulations.

CRWA, along with Environment America, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, and EPA Region 1, celebrated the proposed Clean Water Act protections at a press event along the Charles River on March 26.

Read Environment America’s full press release

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CRWA IS HIRING - APPLY TODAY!

CRWA currently has positions available for an Aquatic Scientist, Rita Barron Fellow, and more. For complete job descriptions, including compensation and benefit information, or to apply, view the links below or visit the CRWA Employment page.

Aquatic Scientist

Rita Barron Fellowship

Invasive Plant Removal Program
Volunteer Coordinator

CRWA also offers several internship positions for current students. All CRWA internships are unpaid, but in many cases, interns are able to coordinate with their school programs to receive college credit. Visit the below links for more information on available CRWA internships:

Watershed Science Internships

Landscape Design Internships

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SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CHARLES RIVER CLEANUP

Volunteers

Students volunteer at Magazine Beach, photo credit: Cathie Zusy


Date:
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 9am - 12pm

Signup

On Saturday, April 26, join over 3,000 volunteers for the 15th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. Enjoy a beautiful spring morning while you help clean the banks of the Charles River Pick up trash at various sites from Milford to Boston. The Cleanup is a perfect opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and give back to your community.

CRWA is in need of additional volunteer groups in Newton, Waltham, Needham, Dover, Sherborn, Medway, Medfield, Millis and nearby communities. To sign up for these areas, click here.    

Learn more about this popular event!


CRWA'S HONORS KEY INDIVIDUALS AT THE 48th ANNUAL MEETING

Awardees

CRWA Board President Tom Sieniewicz ( r ) and Former Commissioner of the MA Department of Environmental Protection Kenneth L. Kimmel, recipient of CRWA’s Rita Barron Public Official Award


Four individuals were honored for their efforts to protect the Charles River at CRWA's 48th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. Held at the Boston Marriott Newton with spectacular views of the Charles River, approximately 100 people attended the event to celebrate CRWA’s 2013 accomplishments and hear organizational goals for 2014.

Honorees included CRWA volunteers Nathan Phillips and Maury Eldridge, Commissioner Kenneth L. Kimmel of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Julia Blatt, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance.

In his keynote address, Professor Zygmunt Plater detailed the famous legal fight to protect the endangered snail darter, whose existence was threatened by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s proposed dam on the Little Tennessee River. Professor Plater drew parallels to issues in the Charles River and conveyed the role that media, ecology, politics and citizen activism play in protecting the environment.

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2014 RUN OF THE CHARLES CANOE & KAYAK RACE

ROTC

Run of the Charles participants round the bend on the Charles River, photo credit: Jamie Doucett


Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: All day

ROTC


As Charles River Watershed Association's signature event, the Run of the Charles is the largest flat-bottomed boat race in New England and serves as the kick off the canoe and kayak season.

CRWA's Run of the Charles hosts a variety of events including a Professional Marathon with $5,000 in cash prizes, Corporate and Non-Corporate Relays, Paddleboard divisions and more! The event is a major event in Greater Boston and draws an average of 1,400 racers and thousands of spectators each year.

Register or read more

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IN THE NEWS

3/28/2014 Charles River Watershed Association hands out awards
3/4/2014 Help may be on the way for aging water infrastructure
2/1/2014 Column: Charles River clean-up a model for Mystic in Somerville
1/24/2014 Franklin garden workshop premiers in spring
12/16/2013 Foundation awards $228K to MetroWest groups
12/6/2013 Charles River: Love that (no longer) dirty water
11/17/2013 Van Deusen: Casino water needs will hurt the Charles
11/2/2013 We Love That (Less) Dirty Water: The Charles cleans up its act
10/31/2013 Cleanup crews tackle the Charles River in Watertown
10/7/2013

Former Medfield hospital cleanup sets precedent

10/4/2013 Comeback of the Charles River depends on curbing runoff