Cleaner Charles River Fuels New Pursuit of Permanent Swimming Area (State House News)


by Michael P. Norton, STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JULY 12, 2016

A permanent swimming area is feasible in the Charles River given continued investments in water quality and “due diligence” efforts to address logistical challenges, according to a new study commissioned by the Charles River Conservancy.

The global design firm Stantec conducted the study, exploring the potential for a dock area near the recently developed North Point Park, which the conservancy sees as an “ideal location” for a permanent swimming area given its proximity to lawn spaces and parkland, Hubway bike rental stations, a playground and the MBTA.

The study focused on the New Charles River Basin, the stretch between the Museum of Science and the Zakim Bridge. Researchers said water quality in that location has “already been confidently established as safe for human use for swimming during most of the year.”

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