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Katie Friedman

Katie is the Rita Barron Fellow at CRWA, and coordinates the volunteer monthly monitoring program. Katie received her B. A. and M.S. in Biology from Clark University where she studied the effects of anthropogenic nitrate runoff on salt marshes within the Plum Island Sound. Since graduate school she has dedicated two years to AmeriCorps service, running science and engineering after-school programs in Cambridge, MA, and engaging local communities in citizen science research along the tidal Hudson River Estuary in NY. After moving back to the Boston area, she explored the regulatory processes involved in wetlands conservation at the City of Boston's Environment Department. Katie grew up along the banks of the Hudson River and continues to be drawn to river ecosystems wherever she travels. She’s excited to expand her background in watershed science and dive into water quality research as the Rita Barron Fellow.

Recent Posts

2016 Charles River water quality report indicates room for improvement

Posted by Katie Friedman

4/24/17 4:37 PM

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Dry riverbed, Charles River downstream of Cochrane Dam, Needham-Dover line. Photo by Nick King

CRWA’s Volunteer Monthly Monitoring (VMM) program provides data that can be used to better understand the health of the Charles River and its tributaries. In addition to providing the public with an easily-accessible picture of the health of the Charles through EPA's annual Charles River Report Card, the data collected also enable CRWA to identify problem areas so that remediation efforts can be focused more efficiently.

 

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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.