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Remembering Bill Tedoldi


We are sad to report that long-time CRWA board member and volunteer, and true friend to the river, Bill Tedoldi, passed away at the age of 91
Bill Tedoldi served on CRWA’s Board of Directors for 16 years. He volunteered on the board’s Environmental Policy and Access Committee as well as the finance committee. He also served as board treasurer for a period of his tenure. He was a man of many skills and interests, who was always willing to help out CRWA because he deeply believed in the work we do. For twenty years he volunteered as a monthly monitor—rising before dawn to wade out into often frigid water to collect water samples. He volunteered on CRWA’s “No Nasties Stream Team”, organizing his fellow residents and volunteers to protect local streams and tributaries. The team surveyed extensive stream stretches to assess habitat conditions and look for signs of pollution. Always friendly and approachable, Bill recruited other like-minded individuals into the CRWA family.  For years he led a drop-in site for volunteers as part of CRWA’s Annual Earth Day Charles River Clean-up. Bill is an example to all of us and we will sincerely miss him. 

Add some adventure to your commute while you support CRWA with Paddle To Work Day!

Paddle to Work Day

Sick of sitting in traffic on your way to work? Try paddling to work instead! Join Charles River Canoe and Kayak on Friday, July 28 from 9am-12pm for Paddle to Work Day to celebrate and support a healthy Charles River Watershed. During the paddler, you may spot painted turtles sunning themselves on a log or a great blue heron hunting for fish. Charles River Canoe and Kayak will generously donate your entire rental fee to CRWA to support our work protecting the Charles River. We look forward to seeing you on the river. Sign up today!



EPA Announces "B" Grade for Charles River 

volunteer sampler

Last week, U.S. EPA announced a grade of a B for water quality in the lower Charles River during 2016. The annual Charles River Report Card focuses on the section of the Charles River downstream of the Watertown Dam and rates its cleanliness based on measured bacteria levels. 

This year's grade is a slight reduction from the B+ grade awarded last year and indicates that the lower Charles River is safe for boating 86% of the time and for swimming 55% of the time. The grade is based on monthly water quality samples collected by CRWA's citizen scientist volunteers and reflects not only the overall health of the Charles River, but also specific conditions present during sampling days. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who head out early once a month to collect these important water samples. 

While the health of the Charles River has greatly improved since it received a D in 1995, much work remains. CRWA's programs monitoring water quality, promoting green infrastructure and researching new approaches to reducing pollution will continue to address the challenges threatening the health of the Charles. However, we cannot restore the Charles River alone. We need environmental agencies to step up to protect the Charles River and the rest of the environment with protective permits, regulations and policies. 

Now more than ever, in the absence of federal leadership on the environment and clean water, we need your support to continue our important work protecting the Charles River and helping communities adapt to climate change. 

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Massachusetts Legislature passes state budget

Massachusetts State House

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise $40.2 billion state budget for the current fiscal year which began July 1. On Monday, Governor Baker signed the budget while vetoing $320 million from the plan. House and Senate overrides of the vetoes require a two-thirds vote of each branch. 

The environmental agencies were hard hit this year despite the legislature’s increases to the governor’s proposed budget. The budget passed by the Legislature allocates only $218.6 million to state environmental agencies—about half a penny for every dollar of governmental spending. This provides insufficient funding for state environmental agencies to carry out their responsibilities—including reducing emissions, maintaining public parks and recreational facilities, ensuring clean air and water, and preparing for the impacts of climate change. CRWA, as a member of the Green Budget Coalition, advocates for allocating 1% of the state budget for the environment. The FY 18 Green Budget recommendations included increased spending for climate change adaptation, improving water quality, protecting wetlands, restoring habitat and maintaining parks.


Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill a great success


Each spring, the Beacon Hill Garden Club hosts the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Annual Tour to raise money for local and regional environmental and horticultural efforts including Charles River Watershed Association. This year, over two thousand people participated in the walking tour of the private hidden gardens of Beacon Hill. This year, Beacon Hill Garden Club generously donated $2,500 to CRWA to support our work protecting the Charles River. We appreciate this generous donation and the garden club's continued leadership in the environmental and horticultural communities.  Read more.

Thank you for supporting CRWA 

Shout out to everyone who gave to CRWA in May and June in response to our spring membership drive! Your support makes our work possible. Below is a list of people who gave $500 or more in May or June. Want to see your name here next month? Give today


Paddle to Work Day
Friday, July 28, 2017
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Canoeing for Clean Water
Saturday, July 22, 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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