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Cristina Kennedy

Cristina directs CRWA’s volunteer monthly monitoring program involving 80 dedicated citizens, trains new volunteers in sampling and supervises CRWA’s science interns. She also manages the water quality database, performs quality assurance, and conducts field work, GIS analysis and mapping. Prior to joining CRWA, Cristina studied Striped Bass Ecology for her graduate work, was a Salt Marsh Ecology Research Assistant at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and a Stream Monitoring Intern with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. She graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Biology and German Studies, and then obtained a M.S. in Marine Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From mountain creeks in Wyoming to jungle streams in Panama, water has been a constant theme in Cristina’s work and she’s now excited to explore the Charles River!

Recent Posts

5 Migratory Fish Found in the Charles River Ecosystem

Posted by Cristina Kennedy

3/31/14 5:17 PM

Free Charles River Fsh Guide
Have you ever watched a nature special on the great migrations of the Serengeti or the long-distanced flights of migratory birds? In the rivers and streams right next to the path you’re walking on, or the office window you’re daydreaming out of, there are great underwater migrations occurring every day! River herring adults are returning to ponds and stream sides to spawn and lay eggs; striped bass are right at their heels looking for their next meal; and white suckers are making their journeys from breeding grounds to feeding grounds. Most unusual of all, the American Eel is making a reverse migration from its adult home in freshwater streams and rivers to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the greatest spectacles are happening right in our backyard, including the Charles River. We just need to stop and take a look!

And just like other great migrations, some of these mass movements have been impacted and threatened by human activity. Just as fences can restrict movements of deer and antelope, dams and culverts create barriers to movement, and are partly responsible for some of the drastic decreases in migratory fish movements. Water use in surrounding communities also affects the levels of water in the river, at times of very low flow sections of rivers can be cut-off and create another barrier to migration.


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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.