Photos: Bostonians Take A Dip In The Charles River

 

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By ROBIN LUBBOCK and ABBY ELIZABETH CONWAY

About 200 swimmers took park in Tuesday's Charles River swim, hosted by the Charles River Conservancy. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

About 200 swimmers took park in Tuesday’s Charles River swim, hosted by the Charles River Conservancy. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

BOSTON Around 200 swimmers headed to the Fiedler Dock on the Esplanade Tuesday to take part in the first of two sanctioned Charles River swimming events this summer.

It’s the third year in a row that the Charles River Conservancy has invited people to take a dip in the river. Swimmers had to sign up to participate and each had 30 minutes to splash around. (If you missed Tuesday’s event, another is set for July 25.)

While the water quality of the Charles has improved significantly since the EPA launched its cleanup effort in 1995, it’s still not always safe for swimming. The latest annual Charles River report card found the river met quality standards for swimming 65 percent of the time.

After 40 years of cleaning up the river, von Tscharner says swimming in the Charles is “a historic experience to enjoy what the river is for.”

S.J. Port, the Charles River Conservancy’s director of communications, says the group is pushing to establish a regular swimming area in the next two years.

Swimmers enjoyed a quiet moment in the Charles as a lifeguard looked on from a kayak. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Swimmers enjoyed a quiet moment in the Charles as a lifeguard looked on from a kayak. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Some swimmers choose to dive into the Charles. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Some swimmers choose to dive into the Charles. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

This young swimmer preferred to backflip into the river. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

This young swimmer preferred to backflip into the river. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton was among those to take a dip in the Charles Tuesday. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton was among those to take a dip in the Charles Tuesday. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Beverly Sky, 67, and Karen Edlund, 65, sit on the Fiedler Dock by the Charles waiting for swimming to begin. “I’ve always dreamed of jumping in the Charles,” Sky said. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Beverly Sky, 67, and Karen Edlund, 65, sit on the Fiedler Dock by the Charles waiting for swimming to begin. “I’ve always dreamed of jumping in the Charles,” Sky said. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Lifeguard Loic Sanges watched over people swimming in the Charles on the first of two days this year when residents will be able to swim in the river. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Lifeguard Loic Sanges watched over people swimming in the Charles on the first of two days this year when residents will be able to swim in the river. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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