Charles River Conservancy chosen as finalist to receive $20K for riverbank project


by Staff Writers, Cambridge Chronicle

Cambridge — The Charles River Conservancy has been selected as a finalist in the Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” granting initiative, which supports the goodness behind grassroots community projects.

Forty-one finalists have been chosen, with the top five to share in the $100,000 fund.

Since 2002, the Charles River Conservancy has worked with over 16,000 volunteers, including 350 corporations and organizations. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and local Conservation Commissions, the Conservancy now wants to take its work a crucial step forward to make a more sustainable and lasting impact on the urban Parklands that bank the Charles River.

The project will focus on a thorough transformation of a section of parklands, replacing the shoreline invasives with a combination of grass, riprap, and native plantings, resulting in a healthier riverbank that we can all enjoy.

Renata von Tscharner, founder and president of the Charles River Conservancy had the following statement about the “50 States for Good” granting initiative:

“We are very honored to have been selected,” she said. “This project would allow us to have a dramatic impact on the shorelines enjoyed by so many every day. We need the thousands of people who enjoy these vistas to vote and help us secure funding so that CRC, along our partners and the thousands of volunteers we work with each year, can carry out sustainable restoration efforts.”

Visit the Tom’s of Maine website at to cast your vote in support of the Charles River Conservancy. For more information about CRC or the Riverfront Reclamation Project, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Logan Walsh, at

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