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CRWA's Margaret Van Deusen Honored as River Hero by Massachusetts Rivers Alliance


Massachusetts Rivers Alliance is honoring Margaret Van Deusen, CRWA's Deputy Director and General Counsel in recognition of her work which has resulted in policy changes that will benefit our rivers for generations. We invite you to join us in recognizing Margaret at Massachusetts Rivers Alliance's annual meeting on Wednesday, December 6. The keynote speaker at the meeting will be Gina McCarthy, former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama. A passionate, inspiring, and very entertaining speaker, Gina will discuss the environmental challenges facing our country, with suggestions for those of us working on these issues. Purchase your tickets today before they sell out

Biggest Champions of the Charles Yet


Earlier this month CRWA hosted the biggest Champions of the Charles gala ever! Held at the Museum of Science, the party raised funds to continue our ongoing work monitoring and protecting the Charles River. 

We honored the Museum of Science with the prestigious Champion of the Charles award for its dedication to science education and for establishing the new Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River. More than 200 guests explored the Museum of Science and celebrated an evening of science while dining on incredible food and drink at the gala. View pictures or read the blog post

The Trust for Public Land Hosts: Let's Get Climate Smart


The Trust for Public Land invites you to join them tomorrow for their second annual Climate-Smart Cities™ event “Let’s Get Climate-Smart”, co-hosted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The event, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge on Thursday, November 16th at 5:30pm, will include a reception, keynote presentation, and panel discussion. Register here


Learning with the Environmental Community 

Bob Zimmerman

This month, CRWA staff participated in forums and spoke at events throughout the watershed. Speaking engagements provide CWRA an opportunity to share what we have learned from our work on the Charles River and learn from other innovative water professionals. 

At ABX2017, an expo and conference hosted by The Boston Society of Architects, Bob Zimmerman participated in a panel about the circular economy and the importance of recycling water and building resilient cities. Learn more about CRWA's work recycling water into energy

Last week, Elisabeth Cianciola, CRWA's Aquatic Scientist, spoke at the Newton Free Library about the benefits of dam removal on the Charles River. View her presentation and an interview with the Newton Free Library

On Halloween, CRWA and Geosyntec hosted a webinar to provide municipal employees with the tools they need to prevent polluted stormwater from entering the Charles River. In this webinar, participants heard from leaders in the field who are working on planning and implementation projects aimed at addressing stormwater management issues. View the presentations here

Advocacy Update


CRWA continues to advocate for water conservation that will help Massachusetts’ communities weather increasingly frequent periods of drought. Water conservation is the single most cost-effective, proactive measure that we can take in the face of drought. Recently, CRWA testified before the legislature’s Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture committee in support of H.2115, “An Act Relative to Drought Management” to improve the state’s drought responsiveness. The bill, which CRWA strongly supports, would strengthen the state’s drought management plan, give the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs the authority to limit nonessential outdoor water use (primarily lawn watering) uniformly in drought regions and provide municipalities with the authority to enforce these restrictions.  Read CRWA's written testimony

The Massachussetts’ legislature restored $350,000 in Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) funding in the FY 18 budget for the removal of invasive aquatic weeds throughout the Commonwealth. This funding will enable DCR to continue mechanical harvesting of invasive water chestnuts in the historic Charles River Lakes District in Newton and Waltham.

Last week the MA senate unanimously approved legislation to make Massachusetts more resilient to climate change impacts. This is great news! An Act providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change (S.2196), also known as the CAMP bill, now moves to the House for consideration.


The safeguards against water pollution guaranteed by the federal Clean Water Act are in jeopardy. The Trump Administration’s proposed federal budget would slash the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by 31%. This would be a devastating cut to the agency that protects our public health and the environment. Tell your Senator that these deep cuts to EPA are unacceptable. Learn more and take action

A great editorial in the Boston Globe this week walks through why dirtier rivers would be the result if Massachusetts were to take over stormwater and other water permitting from EPA. CRWA opposes Governor Baker’s bill (H. 2777) to have MA take over this program. Read our overview of this important issue


Let’s Get Climate-Smart
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Massachusetts Rivers Alliance Annual Meeting
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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