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Community Collaboration - Blue Cities Initiative

Community collaboration is a key element of many Blue Cities projects. CRWA typically engages the resident community early on and works with the community and other project stakeholders throughout the planning, design and implementation of a given project. While the nature of the collaboration varies based on the scale and type of project, all projects possess a strong public education and outreach component.

Learn more about CRWA's Blue Cities Community Collaboration by visiting the links below:

Magazine Beach Restoration
Mystic Collaborative
Allston-Brighton Green Streets Guidelines
Chelsea Green Infrastructure Project 

Magazine Beach Restoration Project

Magazine Beach
Magazine Beach Volunteers

In the fall of 2016, CRWA began partnering with community groups and state and local government to restore wildlife habitat at Magazine Beach and improve water quality in the Charles River. This project integrates with a park improvement project planned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) that will make improvements such as adding a rain garden to collect and filter runoff from the parking area. CRWA has worked with the Magazine Beach Partners, the Charles River Conservancy, the City of Cambridge, and more than 500 community volunteers to remove invasive weeds and restore existing stormwater treatment wetlands at the park.. CRWA also collaborated with the Cambridge Green Schools Initiative of Cambridge Public Schools and Mass Audubon to offer on-site educational programming for elementary and middle school students. CRWA, the Magazine Beach partners, and DCR worked together to design and install five educational signs throughout the park. This project was generously funded in part by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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Mystic Collaborative

Mystic Collaborative - Charles River Watershed Association
Mystic Collaborative - Charles River Watershed Association

In 2008, CRWA formed a partnership with the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA), La Comunidad, Inc. (LCI), Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP), Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE), Groundwork Somerville, Chelsea Collaborative and Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) to promote the goal of improving the Mystic River watershed. In addition to providing concept designs for several restoration projects in the Chelsea Creek sub-watershed, CRWA trained the staff of our partner organizations in the Blue Cities approach. The collaboration has proved very successful, and to date, CRWA continues to work with our partners on various restoration projects within the Mystic River Watershed.

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Allston-Brighton Green Streets Guidelines

Allston-Brighton Green Streets Guidelines - Charles River Watershed Association
Allston-Brighton Green Streets Guidelines - Charles River Watershed Association

In 2007, CRWA partnered with the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation to develop a Green Streets Guide for Allston Brighton through extensive collaboration with neighborhood residents. Through conducting community workshops for three pilot streets, the design guidelines provided a menu of green street retrofits intended to improve streets for walkers and bicyclists, make public parks more accessible, and improve water quality in the Charles River by treating stormwater runoff.

READ: Allston-Brighton Green Streets Guide

Chelsea Green Infrastructure Project

Chelsea Green Infrastructure Project - Charles River Watershed Association
Chelsea Green Infrastructure Project - Charles River Watershed Association

In 2013, CRWA partnered with MyRWA, Chelsea Collaborative and the City of Chelsea to undertake a Subwatershed Restoration Plan for Broadway in Chelsea, MA. CRWA worked extensively with project partners, the local environmental youth group in Chelsea and business owners and residents in the area to develop opportunities to incorporate green infrastructure retrofits within the public right of way and key sites along Broadway.

READ: Broadway Subwatershed Plan

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Pallavi Kalia Mande
Pallavi Kalia Mande
Director of Blue Cities
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