A Watershed Moment That Can’t Be Ignored
The Charles River winds its way through 23 different communities from Hopkinton to Boston For centuries, the river has collected storm water run-off, which carries trash and harmful substances such as gasoline and fertilizer run-off as well as raw sewage, garbage and more.
Yet in the past 25 years, an incredible restoration has taken place. Progressive initiatives have helped to reduce raw sewage for example by over 95 percent, and the river is even swimmable again. Still, there are continuing threats to which impact local communities. In this video, Executive Director of the Charles River Watershed Association Emily Norton explains how nature-based investments can help to build resilience back into the landscape and how citizens can play a role in the Charles River’s continuing recovery.