12th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup

12th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup
The “People’s River” gets a spring cleaning from nearly 3,000 volunteers!

WHAT: For the past eleven years, the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup has been the largest coordinated Earth Day cleanup in Massachusetts, attracting over 100 volunteer groups from businesses, universities, neighborhoods, civic associations, and scout troops. Cleanup volunteers make a huge difference in the health and beauty of the River by picking up trash at numerous sites along the 80-mile River from Milford to Boston. One of the largest single-day river cleanups in the country, the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup is a great opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and for Greater Boston residents to engage in service for their communities.

The official event kick-off will take place at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade at 9am with state and local government officials and representatives from local environmental organizations in attendance. Volunteers will be gathering at sites throughout the watershed; please contact Eivy Monroy for a complete list of volunteer sites and groups involved.

The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup is organized by Charles River Watershed Association, The Esplanade Association, Charles River Conservancy, State Senator Steven Tolman’s Office, the City of Newton, The Trustees of Reservations, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The event is sponsored by International Power Bellingham, Amgen, Inc., Hannaford, Russo’s, Boston Marriott Newton, Swartz True Value, and The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Photo and video opportunities will be available.

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 9am to 12pm

WHERE: Sites all along the Charles River, including DCR Dealtry Swimming Pool 100 Pleasant St. Watertown, Ma 02472

Charles River Watershed Association’s mission is to use science, advocacy and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed. One of our country’s first watershed organizations, CRWA formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles River. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts that have dramatically improved the health of the Charles.

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