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Charles River Walking Tour and Wildlife Talk

Charles River Walk

Join CRWA, the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA), the Waltham Land Trust, Watch City Bike Lab, and the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation on September 3rd from 12pm-1:30pm in Waltham for a historical walking tour and wildlife talk along the Charles River. This free, public event is one of 60+ events occurring from Maine to Florida as part of the East Coast River Relay, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the East Coast Greenway and focusing on the many watersheds that the Greenway connects including the Charles River Watershed. The Charles River Bike Path and future Massachusetts Central Rail Trail in Waltham are critical sections of the East Coast Greenway. Learn more

Environmental Business Council recognizes Lauren Ballou, former CRWA Rita Barron Fellow

Lauren Ballou

The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) recently recognized Lauren Ballou for her exceptional leadership and engagement in the energy and environmental sector with the Ascending Leader Award. Lauren Ballou, former CRWA Rita Barron Fellow, is an environmental planner and project manager at VHB.  She provides innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, with experience supporting airports, local governments, and state agencies with sustainability planning and implementation. Congratulations, Lauren! Read more

Give to CRWA today and your donation will go twice as far 

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Only 16 days left to double your gift to CRWA! This summer, CRWA is teaming up with Jack Johnson and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. The Johnson Ohana Foundation is matching donations contributed to CRWA through the end of August, up to a total of $2,500.  Double your gift today!

Double Your Gift

Your gift will help CRWA to purchase equipment, collect and analyze data, build rain gardens and green streets, advocate for the river and much more! 


Celebrating National Water Quality Month

Science Club for Girls

August is National Water Quality Month, a time to focus on what we can do to improve the quality of our rivers, streams and lakes. Healthy waterbodies contribute to healthy communities, support diverse wildlife, and provide recreation opportunities and stimulate economic development. CRWA works hard year round to protect and improve water quality in the Charles River. Below, are a few of the activies we are engaging in this month to measure and improve water quality. 

So far in August, Charles River Watershed Association:

  • Tested for evidence of cyanobacteria blooms and educated the public about the associated safety risks.
  • Trained 13 young women from the Science Club for Girls on techniques to sample for benthic macroinvertebrates.
  • Spoke up for the federal Clean Water Act and its protections for our rivers.  
  • Collaborated on Blue Cities demonstration projects including green streets in Watertown and Allston. 
  • Advocated for recharge of groundwater as part of the proposed Exelon power plant in Medway.

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Designing a Green Street in Allston 

Cooledge Road

CRWA is collaborating with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), Boston Water and Sewer Commission, and Boston Public Works Department to design and  build a green street at Coolidge Rd in North Allston. A green street uses rain gardens, plantings, trees and other green infrastructure to reduce polluted stormwater while beautifying the neighborhood and improving pedestrian and driving experiences. This project grew out of a study by CRWA and the BPDA that looked at opportunities for implementing green infrastructure in North Allston to clean polluted stormwater. Funding for the design and engineering of the Coolidge Green Street is provided in part by the Harvard Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund.  

As the design phase begins we want to hear from you! Please join us at an open house on Monday, September 11, between 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Honan-Allston Library. Feel free to drop in for as long or as short as you would like.


Report indicates climate change will hit New England Hard


Improved research methods have allowed scientists to improve predictions for how climate change will impact the United States. Scientists now predict that in the Northeast climate change will bring warmer tempateratures, more rain and snow, and higher sea levels than they forecasted three years ago. The findings are presented in a draft report of the science section of the National Climate Assessment to be released next year. Read more in David Abel's article in the Boston Globe.  


Charles River Historic Walking Tour
Sunday, September 3, 2017
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Champions of the Charles
Thursday, November 2, 2017
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"Saving the Charles River since 1965"

Our mission is to use science, advocacy and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed.

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