Blog - Charles River Watershed Association

Cyanobacteria bloom is a clear example of why we need environmental protections

Posted by Alexandra Ash

8/3/17 10:26 PM

There is currently a cyanobacteria outbreak in the Charles River, threatening the health of pets and interfering with folks' recreational plans. Based on field observations, the outbreak (or blooms) appears to be limited to the section of the river downstream of the Boston University Bridge. The Department of Conservation and Recreation urges the public to avoid contact with the water and to prevent pets from drinking it. 


Make a call today to stop the state from weakening clean water protections

Posted by Margaret VanDeusen

3/13/17 5:05 PM

Updated 3/12/2018

Once again rivers and streams are under threat from attempts to weaken water pollution permits. 

Governor Baker reintroduced a bill opposed by environmentalists last legislative session that would allow Massachusetts to take over the water pollution permitting program from U.S. EPA. Under the federal Clean Water Act, EPA currently regulates discharges of stormwater, wastewater and industrial pollution into our waterways.  The governor’s bill would enable the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to assume “primacy” for issuing these permits, known as National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, permits. 

Charles River Watershed Association, the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance and other environmental groups oppose this bill because it will provide no environmental benefit and cost MA taxpayers millions of dollars each year. MassDEP is also already struggling to perform core monitoring, assessment, reporting and research on water quality across the state.  


Charles River Watershed Assocation Receives EPA Merit Award

Posted by Amy Rothe

4/25/14 10:44 AM

 (l-r) William Walsh-Rogalski of EPA Region 1, CRWA's Margaret
Van Deusen, Kate Bowditch and Bob Zimmerman, and Deborah
Szaro, EPA Region 1 Deputy Regional Administrator

BOSTON, MA – On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented its 2014 Environmental Merit Award to three Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) staff in a prestigious Earth Day ceremony in Boston’s famed Faneuil Hall.  

For over thirty years, EPA New England has presented Environmental Merit Awards to individuals and organizations in honor of outstanding contributions on behalf of the New England Region's public health and natural environment. The Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments during the past year or over a lifetime.


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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.