The Charles River is the 2011 winner of the International River Foundation’s Thiess International Riverprize. This prize is seen as one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards.
Many of us remember the contamination of the Charles River. The thought of touching it sent shivers down many peoples’ spines. Falling in was something you did not want to do.
The Charles River got this award for its “visionary and sustainable excellence in river management. “
There were 20 countries competing for this award. Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) accepted the River prize award on September 27, 2011 at the 14th International River Symposium in Brisbane, Australia.
In 1995 an effort began to make fishing and swimming possible in the Charles River. It sounded impossible but it was done.
“The Charles River is treasured natural resource for those who live, work in and visit Massachusetts. We congratulate the Watershed Association for their many stewardship efforts to revitalize this beautiful waterway and vibrant river habitat,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan. “On behalf of the Commonwealth and Governor Patrick, I want to thank our federal and local partners for helping us to protect the Charles River today and for years to come.”
Sources of the quotes
International River Foundation’s Thiess River prize (http://www.riverfoundation.org.au/)
EPA’s Charles River Initiative (http://www.epa.gov/region1/charles/index.html)
Charles River Watershed Association (http://www.crwa.org/) The video is on the left.