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River Current

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CRWA to partner on water conservation and recharge project


This year, CRWA will partner with Dedham-Westwood Water District and Neponset River Watershed Association to promote water conservation through the use of an online water use tracker. Through this project, we will empower customers of the Dedham-Westwood Water District to use the Dropcountr app to track their water usage and save water and money. This will be the first project on the East Coast that employs this type of technology to promote water conservation! Dedham and Westwood residents, stay tuned to learn more about how and when you can sign up.  

Register for Run of the Charles


Do you like to canoe, kayak or paddle board? Kick off the season with the 35th Run of the Charles: Boston's Premier Paddling Race. The race will be held April 30, 2017. Rather stay on land? Volunteer to help with the race or join us at the Finish Line Festival in Herter Park. As CRWA's signature event, the Run of the Charles is the largest flat-bottomed boat race in New England and a major event in Greater Boston, drawing an average of 1,500 racers and thousands more spectators each year. Learn more



Pedestrian Bridge in Watertown to be replaced 


The Joseph Thompson Pedestrian Bridge in Watertown is closed while the Department of Conservation and Recreation demolishes and replaces the bridge. This project will also include landscape improvements around the new bridge. Read more.  


Designing Green Streets in Cambridge


CRWA is working with the City of Cambridge to design 3 green streets in the City. Green infrastructure proposed as part of this project will soak up and filter polluted stormwater preventing it from entering the Charles River. This work will be undertaken as part of existing upgrades to these streets. The green street designs will be implemented as part of regularly scheduled street improvements over the coming years.

Drought in Massachusetts continues

Drought Monitor

Recent rain and snowfall in Massachusetts in December and January provided some relief to the drought stricken state—however most of the state is still in severe drought and groundwater levels remain low. CRWA continues to advocate for a stronger drought management plan with effective triggers to enable the state to respond effectively to this and future droughts. We are also proposing legislation that would make the state better prepared to respond to drought. Learn more.


At his confirmation hearing yesterday, EPA nominee Scott Pruitt questioned the human impact on climate change.  

This month, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at MIT urging action on Climate Change. In December, outgoing EPA chief and Boston native Gina McCarthy told The Washington Post that science is ‘fundamental to absolutely everything we do.’


American shad update
Monday, January 30, 2017

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Mass Pike Public Meeting
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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CRWA's 51st Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Run of the Charles
Sunday, April 30, 2017
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