One of the country’s oldest watershed organizations, the 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 Hopkington to Boston. Initiatives over the last four decades have dramatically improved the quality of water in the watershed and fundamentally changed approaches to water resource management.
Charles River Watershed Association has a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. All volunteers receive a discount at CRWA events.
- Remove Invasive Water Chestnuts from the Charles
CRWA and Charles River Canoe and Kayak are partnering to help rid the river of water chestnuts each summer in July. We will be working based out of the Charles River Canoe and Kayak boathouse on Commonwealth Ave in Newton. Click here for more information.
- Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup
- CRWA needs volunteer groups from businesses, universities, high schools, boy and girl scout troops, neighborhood groups, and other civic-minded groups to participate in our Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup in April – the 2012 event will take place on Saturday, April 21. If you have a work, school, church, or neighborhood group that would like to participate in the cleanup, contact CRWA.
- Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race
- Many hands are needed to help with CRWA’s annual canoe and kayak race the last weekend in April. Pitch in prior to the event or at points along the river on race day. Contact Meg at Classic Communication for more information at 508-698-6810.
- Storm Drain Stenciling
Stenciling a storm drain consists of spray painting a message next to a street drain reminding people “Don’t Dump — Drains to the Charles River.” This is an ideal project for school groups, scouts, environmental clubs, stream teams and others.
- Water Monitoring
Volunteers are needed to take water quality samples on a monthly basis along the Charles River for CRWA’s monthly water quality monitoring program.
- Environmental Science Internships
Students needed to conduct field work, prepare spreadsheets and charts, analyze data, assist with events, etc. Science, environmental, or engineering background is helpful, and availability during office hours is required. Click here to view current internships. Read the Intern Blog created and maintained by current CRWA Interns.
If you would like additional information about the projects above or other opportunities, please contact Elise Leduc.
Charles River Watershed Association
190 Park Road (at Leo J. Martin Golf Course)
Weston, MA 02493