Love that Dirty Water....no, really, dive in!
July 15, 2013 11:57 AM Subscribe
For the first time since the 1950s, Boston's Charles River opened for public swimming. The Charles River
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is famed for its dirty water.
The 80 mile river runs from Hopkinton (also the start of the Boston Marathon) to Boston and passes through 23 different cities.
Recreations along the river include kayaking
, community boating
, and now swimming!
According to the EPA, the "Charles River has exhibited ecological problems
stemming from human-induced pollution, and EPA has responded with a long-term effort to improve water quality and overall ecological health for the river. "
Numerous volunteer and citizens group have formed to clean up the Charles, including, but not limited to:
The Charles River Watershed Association
The Charles River Conservancy
and The Charles River Swimming Club,
which sponsored this past weekend's swim. Since 2005, the Swimming Club has hosted mile long swims in the river's basin.
But a decade before the formation of the Swimming Club, Governor Bill Weld jumped unannounced into the river after signing the Rivers Protection Act
to prove the safety of the Charles River.
The Charles also has a tragic history beyond the environmental pollution and is famed in Massachusetts for the number of bodies found in it, whether the result of suicide, accident, or suspicious enough to be investigated as murder. A few of the most recent cases are linked below.
April 26, 2013
October 14, 2009
October 9, 2012
February 5, 2012