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 what a clean Charles River means: it’s as simple as seeing how many people get out and enjoy swimming, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing on a nice summer day, and not having to worry about whether the water might make them sick,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.
This is a hard-fought victory for the Charles and a testament to the commitment of the public and private organizations that have worked to rehabilitate the Charles over the last decades.
The full press release is available at the EPA website here.