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Join us this weekend at Run of the Charles

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We hope to see you this weekend at the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup on Saturday or the Run of the Charles on Sunday.

Looking to race in the Run of the Charles? Today is the last day to pre-register, or you can register on-site at the race.  

Whether you paddle or not, join us at the free Run of the Charles Finish Line Festival at DCR's Artesani/Herter Park. The festival kicks off at 11:30 am with live music, raffles, food, and vendors. All of the races end at the Finish Line Festival. 

Buy a rain jacket and support CRWA


This April and May, Charles River Apparel will donate a portion of sales of Women's New Englander┬« Rain Jacket in Wave to Charles River Watershed Association. This great jacket will keep you dry this spring and beyond. Makes a great Mother's Day gift! Purchase at local retailers or online on

Attend a Forum In Three Acts

A Free Forum In Three Acts

Join the Green Committee of the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay, Mothers Out Front/Downtown and the Ellis South End Neighborhood Association for a free forum on supporting clean energy and healthy neighborhoods in three acts. The event will be held Monday, May 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street. CRWA will be among 25 organizations at the event sharing ways you can get involved and take action. Learn more and register.


 EEA receives a "C" on the environment

EEA Report Card

Environmental League of Massachusetts, CRWA and five other leading environmental organizations released a report card grading the second year of the Baker administration on its environmental policies and leadership. The administration received the mediocre grade of "C" for a second year. Progress was made over the past year in a few areas, but this was overshadowed by the deep budget cuts and staff reductions that prevented agencies from adequetly protecting the environment. In water, the administration recieved a "C" for its management of the drought and a "D" for failing to issue updated water withdrawal permits. Read the full report or read coverage in the Boston Globe 

READ:  EEA Report Card

Ribbon cutting marks the restoration of the Muddy River


Last Friday, CRWA attended a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the Justine Mee Liff Park and the completion of Phase I of the Muddy River restoration. The project will reduce flooding in the Fenway neighborhood, improve public access to the river, and provide habitat for wildlife.  

Report details current water quality issues in the Charles


CRWA recently released it's water quality year-end report for 2016. 2016 data suggest that, although the Clean Charles Initiative has helped improve water quality over the past 20 years, the river remains impaired in many ways. On average, bacteria levels have increased. E. coli levels in 2016 were similar to those found in 2005, over a decade ago. Nutrients in the river such as nitrogen and phosphorus regularly exceed acceptable levels, and, coupled with rising water temperatures, resulted in large, sustained cyanobacteria blooms in the Charles River. The extreme drought that plagued eastern Massachusetts resulted in record low river depth and flows. 

The data used in this report was collected throughout the year by 85 dedicated and enthusiastic citizen scientist volunteers. Thank you to all the volunteers who make this work possible. Read more

READ MORE: Water Quality 2016


Let EPA know that environmental regulations keep us safe 


We need environmental regulations to implement existing environmental laws and make sure that we have clean air to breath and clean water to drink. The Trump administration seeks to undo regulations, which would have severe consequences for the safety of our communities, the health of the enviroment and our ability to respond to climate change.  

The EPA currently seeks public comment on the presidential order to repeal or modify existing regulations. Submit a comment by May 15 asking the EPA not to weaken federal protection for the environment or comment on a specific regulation important to you. Or use the sample letter provided by the Natural Resources Defence Council Action Fund. Learn more from Business Insider or the Natural Resources Defence Council.  

Join the People's Climate March in Boston

On April 29, the People's Climate March will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand jobs, justice and real climate solutions. Here in Boston, there will be a full day of workshops and activities, starting with an energizing rally at 12:00 pm on Boston Common. Learn more and sign up.


On Earth Day last Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people gathered at rallies across the country for the March for Science. View photos and read more about the Boston rally or check out some of the best signs seen at marches around the world

This week House lawmakers on Beacon Hill will began debating the 2018 budget. More than 1,200 amendments have been filed, including amendments to increase funding for environmental protection. Read more about the budget.

The New York Times reports that while some policy advisers urge Trump to keep U.S. in Paris Accord, dismantling the Clean Power Plan would prevent the United States from meeting its promised emissions reductions.  


Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup
Saturday, April 29, 2017
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The People's Climate March in Boston
Saturday, April 29, 2017
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Run of the Charles
Sunday, April 30, 2017
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