Blog - Charles River Watershed Association

Elisabeth Cianciola

Elisabeth provides support to CRWA’s Field Science programs, including water quality monitoring, recreational water quality notification, and monitoring stormwater treatment systems. She is also actively involved in supporting CRWA’s volunteer programs, including the volunteer monthly monitoring, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, and invasive water chestnut removal.

Recent Posts

Fish Kill in Lower Charles River Basin

Posted by Elisabeth Cianciola

8/18/15 4:20 PM

While conducting routine water sampling on Wednesday, July 29th, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) spotted six dead fish between the North Beacon Street bridge in Watertown/Brighton and the Larz Anderson bridge in Cambridge. Since that initial observation, CRWA has received many reports of additional fish kill sightings via our website and social media. We estimate that between 61 and 103 dead fish, reported pimarily as carp and large-mouth bass, have been observed between the Galen Street bridge in Watertown and the Longfellow Bridge in Cambridge/Boston.


Fish Kill Map


Boating Safely in the Charles River

Posted by Elisabeth Cianciola

8/4/15 11:12 AM

Thanks to the historic cleanup of the Charles River, it is now safe to boat on the river most of the time. However, on some days the water quality in the Charles River does not meet public health standards for boating, especially after a heavy rain. On those days, although boating is still permissible, some people choose to stay off the water or take extra precautions.


Swimming in the Charles River

Posted by Elisabeth Cianciola

7/23/15 4:03 PM

To swim or not to swim? That is the question

After a 50-year hiatus, swimming in the Charles River Lower Basin (the portion of the river downstream from the Watertown dam) has re-emerged as possible recreational opportunity for a city that loves its water sports.


CRWA Releases 2014 Charles River Water Quality Report

Posted by Elisabeth Cianciola

4/8/15 5:40 PM

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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.