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2017 Charles River water quality report: better than before, but room to improve.

Posted by Theo Collins

5/2/18 12:22 PM

It’s here! Yes we’re talking about the weather, as it seems that we’ve finally shaken off winter with some halcyon spring days. But we’re also celebrating the release of CRWA’s The 2017 Charles River Annual Water Quality Report! Since 1995, CRWA's Volunteer Monthly Monitoring Program has used a corps of over 75 volunteer citizen scientists to collect water samples from 35 sites along the Charles and its tributaries once each month and deliver them to us. We deliver these samples to Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) to test for various pollutants and then analyze the results that they send back. We post the E. coli results every month, and while this can provide a quick way to gauge the cleanliness of the river on those days, it is only part of the story. The annual water quality report details results from all the parameters we measure in addition to E. coli: Nitrogen, Phosphorous, chlorophyll-a, Enterococcus bacteria, temperature, depth, and macroinvertebrate biodiversity and abundance. Analyzing all of these parameters across the whole year provides a broader perspective and a more general picture of the Charles River ecosystem’s health.

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Volunteers make for a truly amazing weekend on the Charles

Posted by Kate Bowditch

4/30/18 5:25 PM

As I sit at my desk this chilly, gray Monday, after a long and joyful weekend that featured both CRWA’s Charles River Cleanup and the Run of the CharlesBoston's Premier Paddling Race, I am admittedly a little tired. But far more than fatigue, what I am mostly feeling is an amazement and wonder at the power of CRWA’s volunteers.

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Green Streets: A prescription for water pollution

Posted by Nick King

4/24/18 10:58 AM

Guest blog post by fisherman, retired Boston Globe writer and CRWA volunteer Nick King

I woke up recently with a nasty case of pavement anxiety disorder. I was anxious about all the potholes on my street and why they weren’t being fixed. But I was even more anxious about the sheer expanse of pavement everywhere - and how that was holding Mother Nature’s rainwater hostage.

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GreenUp for the Charles River

Posted by Alexandra Ash

4/12/18 1:23 PM

Help CRWA win $15,000 for the Charles River, Clean Water, and Resilient Communities!

 

Vote to help Charles River Watershed Association win a $15,000 grant from JetBlue for Good and support important work protecting the Charles River and building resilient communities.
VoteThis month—Earth Month—JetBlue For Good is turning up the green by awarding grants of $15,000 each to 4 earth-friendly causes. CRWA is one of 12 organizations competing—and the only one based in Massachusetts! Vote for Charles River Watershed Association today and each day through April 31st. Your vote also enters you to win 2 roundtrip travel certificates.

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3 ways CRWA uses nature-based solutions to reduce floods, droughts and water pollution

Posted by Kate Bowditch

3/22/18 1:06 PM

Today, as I write this post, it’s World Water Day, celebrated around the world as an opportunity to highlight successes, share ideas and stories and focus attention on the importance of water. This year’s World Water Day theme is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

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Celebrating National Groundwater Awareness Week

Posted by Theo Collins

3/14/18 4:49 PM

It’s National Groundwater Awareness Week! To celebrate, we'll share why groundwater is such an important resource here in MA, and acknowledge the work some of our partners have done to conserve groundwater.

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Visioning a better Mass Pike Allston Interchange

Posted by Margaret VanDeusen

3/12/18 3:12 PM

As you may have heard, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (massDOT) plans to rebuild the Mass Pike Allston Interchange over the next decade to replace aging infrastructure. Meanwhile, Harvard University is developing plans for its Enterprise Research Campus nearby. The concurrence of these projects while Boston is striving to achieve climate resiliency provides an exceptional opportunity to create a green neighborhood which promotes access to the river while providing resiliency to climate change. It's an opportunity we can't afford to miss.

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Bob Zimmerman in His Own Words

Posted by Alexandra Ash

3/9/18 10:44 AM

Charles River Watershed Association's Executive Director Bob Zimmerman is retiring this summer after nearly three decades at CRWA. An influential environmental leader, Bob was a catalyst in the transformation of the Charles River from a toxic waterway to the cleanest urban river in the country. In a conversation with CRWA member Nick King, Bob reflects on his accomplishments and the road ahead for CRWA. 

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The best use of Widett Circle? Don’t develop it at all

Posted by Robert Zimmerman

1/5/18 1:57 PM

As Boston recovers from winter storm Greyson,  we are reminded of the serious damage and flooding a severe storm can cause our communities. Yesterday's storm dropped 17 inches of snow on the greater Boston area and flooded coastal communities. Record high tides flooded Boston's Seaport District, damaging property, halting travel and creating dangerous conditions for anyone who needed to venture out. The storm serves as a reminder that we need to take steps to prepare Boston and coastal communities for the extreme storms and intense flooding that will accompany climate change. And we need to do it now.

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Highlights from 2017

Posted by Alexandra Ash

12/17/17 8:19 PM

2017 was a busy year for environmental organizations nationwide—including Charles River Watershed Association— as we fought for the continued enforcement of environmental laws. On a local level in Massachusetts, we advocated for policies and projects that will help our communities adapt to extreme storms and frequent drought. Throughout the year we continued our core field science work and expanded the Blue Cities demonstration projects that are greening neighborhoods throughout the watershed. Each day we do this work we are thankful to you for making it possible!

Please consider giving a year-end gift to support CRWA's powerful advocacy and river restoration in 2018.

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About Charles River Watershed Association:

One of the country's oldest watershed organizations, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts, working with government officials and citizen groups from 35 Massachusetts watershed towns from Hopkinton to Boston. Initiatives over the last fifty years have dramatically improved the quality of water in the watershed and fundamentally changed approaches to water resource management.