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Join us for Champions of the Charles Next Thursday!  

Champions of the Charles Gala

There are just 9 days left until CRWA's Champions of the Charles Gala at the Museum of Science on November 2nd. Don't miss out—get your tickets today! Raise funds for CRWA's unique and powerful combination of science and advocacy while exploring the museum galleries and enjoying delectable food by Wolfgang Puck Catering. We will honor the Museum of Science for its achievements in science education and for bringing the Charles River to its visitors with the new Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River. Free parking will be available in the MOS parking garage.


Warm Welcome to Tani Marinovich

Tani Marinovich

Please join us in welcoming Tani Marinovich to CRWA as Director of Philanthropy. Tani's addition to the team will help CRWA sustain and expand our unique combination of science, advocacy, and urban design to protect watershed communities and the environment.

Passionate about the environment and the science behind it, Tani leverages extensive experience in development, including a decade in the environmental sector.

“What excites me about CRWA,” said Tani, “is the potential to engage a wide range of stakeholders in our efforts to protect and preserve the Charles River. For me, success is measured not just by what we achieve for the community, but by what we achieve with the community—and the stewardship we pass to the next generation.”

A Minnesota native, Tani lives in Weston, Massachusetts and enjoys kayaking and hiking with her husband, Charles, and two children, Ben and Coco.


CRWA's Aquatic Scientist to Speak about Dam Removal 

Watertown Dam

Join CRWA and the Newton Conservators on November 9th at the Newton Free Library for a talk about dam removal on the Charles River. Elisabeth Cianciola, CRWA's Aquatic Scientist, will describe the potential benefits and challenges associated with dam removal projects and outline the process that dam owners and river managers use to determine the fate of a dam. Find more information about the event here, or download the event flyer


As Drought Again Threatens Massachusetts, CRWA Continues Advocacy for Water Conservation

Low Flow

Massachusetts October rain levels are below normal, leading to abnormally dry conditions throughout most of the state as reported  by the United States Drought Monitor. Some areas—including parts of the Charles River Watershed—are experiencing moderate drought conditions. Stream flow throughout the state is low, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey and noted by CRWA's volunteer citizen scientists during the most recent monthly sampling day.

The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force is holding a meeting—open to the public—on November 9th to discuss the drought. The meeting will be held from 10am-12pm at 100 Cambridge Street, Conference Room 2B, Boston, MA 02114. More information

The current drought reminds us of the importance of water conservation. CRWA strongly supports bill S.425/H.2115 An Act Relative to Drought Management to improve the state’s drought management response introduced by Representative Dykema and Senator Eldridge. The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture will hold a public hearing on this bill on Monday, October 30th at 12 noon, Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker Street Lenox, MA 01240, at which CRWA will be testifying.

Rowers Competed in Head of the Charles Regatta


The competitors of the October 21-22, 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta raced on Saturday and Sunday under sunny skies and in the relatively calm waters of the Charles River. Onlookers stood on the river bank cheering for their athletes who represented high schools, collegiate teams, countries, and clubs. In addition to facing the challenges of surpassing the other crews, the racers faced the challenges of steering through the notorious bridges, and twists and turns of the Charles. Perhaps, as they crossed the finish line, they earned entry into next-year’s Regatta.


We need your help restoring habitat at Magazine Beach  in Cambridge


Join CRWA on Saturday October 28th or Friday November 10th to remove invaisve plants along the bank of the Charles River at Magazine beach.

We will be digging invasive common reed and purple loosestrife out of the basins near the ballfields so that these areas can be planted with native attractive grasses, flowers, and shrubs that will clean rainwater before it enters the Charles and provide bird habitat. We will meet at Magazine Beach at the baseball diamond. More info.

Sign up to Volunteer

CRWA is working with state and local government, community groups, and volunteers to restore wildlife habitat at Magazine Beach and improve water quality in the Charles River. 



The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the U.S. EPA canceled the appearance of three agency scientists scheduled to speak about climate change at the State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed Workshop in Rhode Island on Monday. The cancellation surprised and outraged many as an attempt to silence scientific discussions about climate change. The agency scientists had contributed extensively to a report on the state of the Narragansett Bay—including the climate change impacts—issued at the workshop. U.S. EPA helps fund the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program which hosted the workshop. 

The New York Times reported on Sunday that Trump administration appointee Nancy Beck, formerly an executive at the American Chemistry Council, a chemical trade group, and now a top deputy in U.S. EPA’s toxic chemical unit, has been influential in rewriting rules on legacy hazardous chemicals that will lead to the underestimation of their potential health and environmental risks. EPA’s Office of Water, in an internal memo, objected to these changes. 


Stormwater Management for Total Maximum Daily Load Compliance Webinar
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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Champions of the Charles
Thursday, November 2, 2017
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Gold Champions

Steven and Alexi Conine 
Andy and Linda McLane
Margot C. Pyle

Education First

Museum of Science

Silver Champions

Eaglemere Foundation/Sarles Family
Jeryl L. and Stephen M. Oristaglio
Robert and Lee Sproull
Gwill York

Boating in Boston


Head of the Charles 

Bronze Champions

Dr. Hamid Benbrahim and Dr. Greta Meszoely
Eugene and Meredith Clapp
Becca Gould and Bob Lagoyda
Diane and Steve Hall
Pat King and Tom Powers




Team Champions

Gordon Burnes and Suzie Tapson
John DeVillars
Laurie and Christopher Doyle
Virginia Lawrence
Sharon Malt
Tani Marinovich and Charles Kouyoumjian
Harland and Ann Riker
Grant Thomas-Lepore
Paul and Jennifer Walsh





Horsley Witten
The Village Bank



Jet Blue



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