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New bathymetry chart of Charles available (12/26/2016)

A very impressive and somewhat “crowd-sourced” bathymetry chart of the Charles River is now available at MIT.  Using relatively inexpensive fish-finders the Charles River Association of Boaters (CRAB) and MIT Sea Grant have provided the first updated map of the … Continue reading

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Seal takes up residence in Charles River (4/12/2016)

A Boston harbor seal has found his way into the Charles River and was spotted basking on the dock used by Union Boat Club (right around the corner from the swim dock).  The theory is he or she is following … Continue reading

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An abundance of wildlife in Charles (6/1/2015)

Nice article in the Boston Globe about the abundance of wildlife that is returning to the Charles.  Looking forward to seeing a bald eagle try to haul away one of our giant carps one day.  It must be noted the … Continue reading

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Charles River 2020 vision (1/14/2015)

This video has been out for a couple years but it deserves further dissemination.  It’s the Esplanade Association’s “Esplanade 2020” vision.  While we all love the Esplanade the reality is it could be so much more than the run-down strip … Continue reading

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Charles River gets “A-” rating by EPA for 2013 (9/3/2014)

Having struggled at the “B+” level for a number of years the Charles River was finally upgraded to a first-ever “A-” rating by the EPA at a ceremony in Boston in this week. From the press release (emphasis ours): “Here’s … Continue reading

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BU dean jumps in Charles River (5/5/2013)

  Definitely wearing the wrong sort of “suit” for swimming in the Charles this time of year…  Full story here.  

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A river that is clean and clear again (10/11/2011)

The Boston Globe has a nice recap of the people and the time that has gone into rehabilitating the Charles. It truly has been a multi-generational effort. As we say, our existence is a salute to their hard work! Full … Continue reading

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Kendall power plant to reduce draw on Charles (2/2/2011)

In some welcome news GenOn announced today that their Kendall Cogeneration plant, located just over the Longfellow Bridge, will be reducing its water  intake from the Charles River by a whopping 95% thanks to an innovative and environmentally beneficial steam … Continue reading

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Alligator captured in Charles River (9/10/2010)

From the “it was bound to happen” department comes today’s story in the Boston Globe about an alligator being captured in the Charles River.  Most likely this was someone’s illegal pet that got too big for comfort.  Lucky for him … Continue reading

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A river that’s fit for swimming (5/17/2010)

There was an interesting article in the Globe today that covered some of the past and present efforts at making the Charles a favorite swimming spot again.  Most recently we have the formation of the Charles River Water Quality Commission … Continue reading

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