Charles River Watershed Association

190 Park Rd, Weston, Ma 02493, Usa
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Our missionProtecting, preserving and enhancing the Charles River and its watershed through science, advocacy and the law.

Charles River Watershed Association

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Canoeing for Clean Water

Through the Charles River Watershed Association's Canoeing for Clean Water program, volunteers set out on the river in canoes and pull invasive water chestnuts for an extremely rewarding experience. Volunteers have a great time exploring the Charles while helping restore the river's natural ecosystems.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Sample Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Each summer, CRWA recruits volunteers to conduct benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and identification. Volunteers attend a training in our field sampling protocols in early summer or a training on identification techniques in September. Benthic macroinvertebrates provide an indicator of the biological health and integrity of the system.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Monitor Water Quality

CRWA relies on volunteers to take water quality samples on a monthly basis along the Charles River as part of our Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Program. Sampling generally occurs on the third Tuesday of each month at 6am. Volunteers are fully trained by a CRWA staff member and all equipment is provided. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least twelve months of sampling.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays
How you helpCRWA's volunteers help us employ practical and sustainable solutions for protecting and restoring the Charles River and its watershed.
About usOne of the country's oldest watershed organizations, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts, working with government officials and citizen groups from 35 Massachusetts watershed towns from Hopkinton to Boston. Initiatives over the last five decades have dramatically improved the quality of water in the watershed and fundamentally changed approaches to water resource management.
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