Volunteers gather to clean up the Charles

 

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Volunteers from Mike DelRose Real Estate cleaned up at Dealtry Pool in Watertown for the annual Charles River Cleanup on Apr. 25. Courtesy Photo / Peter DelRose

Volunteers from Mike DelRose Real Estate cleaned up at Dealtry Pool in Watertown for the annual Charles River Cleanup on Apr. 25. Courtesy Photo / Peter DelRose

WATERTOWN

On Saturday, April 25, volunteers picked up trash in Watertown as part of the 16th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. In a collaboration led by Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), volunteers from over 130 groups throughout the Watershed worked together to remove litter and invasive species from the banks of the Charles River and surrounding parks.

Residents are drawn to the popular Earth Day Charles River Cleanup from a desire to give back to Watertown while enjoying the beauty and wildlife along the Charles River. Volunteers build on the connections they establish during this day of stewardship by returning to the Charles to exercise, play or enjoy nature throughout the year.

Working in one of eight regions throughout the Watershed including Watertown and Brighton, each participant contributed to the health of the Charles River by picking up trash, removing invasive species, or assisting with park maintenance. Volunteers removed trash including bottles, cigarette butts and Styrofoam cups. This year several volunteers braved the cold to paddle kayaks and canoes to reach trash that would be difficult to access from shore.

In recognition of their hard work, volunteers attended a picnic at DCR’s Christian Herter Park, one of three celebratory picnics, and received an Official Cleanup T-shirt designed by Massachusetts College of Art and Design Sophomore Morgan Withee. A native of the New Hampshire coast, Withee’s work is inspired by the complex and powerful forces of nature.

A speaking program at DCR’s Christian Herter Park featured Charles River Watershed Association’s Executive Director Bob Zimmerman, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg, Deputy Director of MassParks Samantha Overton, Senator William Brownsberger and Representative Timothy Toomey, as well as members of the Cambridge and Watertown town councils.

To successfully implement an event of this size, Charles River Watershed Association works with a team of diverse local organizations including: Charles River Conservancy, the Department Conservation and Recreation, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, The Esplanade Association, State Senator Will Brownsberger’s office and The Waltham Land Trust. The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup builds on a national effort as part of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup®, which to date, has removed over 20.7 million pounds of trash from America’s waterways.

 

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