Volunteers Wanted to Clean Up Charles River in Watertown

Charlie BreitroseThe Charles River. In honor of Earth Day, a clean up along the banks of the Charles River in Watertown will be held on Saturday, April 20. The following announcement was provided by State Sen. Will Brownsberger:

We have plenty of room for more volunteers to pick up trash at one of the sites we’re organizing for the annual Charles River Earth Day Cleanup this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. 

The location is between Galen Street and the Watertown Dam bridge, along the Greenway. Go to the volunteer form for a map and to sign up. We will email you with details on the meetup location.

Volunteers Wanted to Help With 40th Annual Run of the Charles Race

The following information was provided by the Run of the Charles:

Nearly 150 volunteers are needed to help set up the race, check in paddlers, direct boat traffic through portages, check boat numbers, post results and take care of all the other details that make the Run of the Charles such a success each year! We are most in need of volunteers for:

Moody Street Dam, Waltham (Approx. 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM) check-in for Relay leg 2 and portage 1

Bleachery Dam, Waltham (Approx. 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM) portage 2

Watertown Dam, Watertown (Approx. 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM) portage 3, check-in for Relay leg 3

Watertown Bridge, Watertown (Approx.

Volunteers Wanted for the Annual Charles River Herring Count, Training Coming Up

The annual herring count in the Charles River is nearly here, and the public can assist with the effort. The Charles River Watershed Association seeks volunteers and is offering a training on April 3. CWRA sent out the following information:

The 2024 herring count is almost underway! CRWA is seeking volunteers to participate at our Watertown Dam location at least once a week from April 15th to June 30th, from 7 am to 7 pm. Soon we will release a sign-up sheet where volunteers can register for a one-hour time slot.

40th Annual Run of the Charles Coming in April, Register to Participate or Volunteer

The Charles River Watershed Association announced that the Run of the Charles, Boston’s Premier Paddling Event, will be held Saturday, April 27, 2024. The CRWA provided the following information. Race Information

The Run of the Charles: Boston’s Premier Paddling Race is the biggest paddling race in New England, celebrating its 40th race anniversary and the Charles River Watershed Association’s 50+ years of improvements to the health, beauty and enjoyment of the Charles River and its tributaries. Over 500 paddlers throughout the U.S., ages 12 and up, compete in the 3-, 6-, 9-mile and 14-Mile Relay Race. Races start in Newton and Brighton and finish at DCR’s Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. The Finish Line Festival will offer a range of entertainment for spectators and participants of all ages, free of charge.

Man Arrested on Charges of Assaulting a Woman Along the Charles River Path

A Newton man was arrested in connection to an assault of a woman that took place on the path along the Charles River in Watertown. Sandeep Khandke, 69, of Newton, was arraigned on Friday in Waltham District Court on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, according to the Massachusetts State Police. The State Police received a report of an assault in Watertown on the Charles River Greenway, which is State property. Troopers from the Boston State Police Barracks responded. “The victim reported that a man with a cane had sat down next to her and while the two were talking, the man touched the victim’s leg and chest,” the State Police press release said.

Charles River Watershed Association Holding Annual Meeting

The following announcement was provided by the Charles River Watershed Association:

We hope you’ll join us Wednesday, March 27 at 6:00 PM at MIT Welcome Center for Charles River Watershed Association’s 58th Annual Meeting. We look forward to connecting with our members and recognizing CRWA advocates and volunteers whose dedicated work helps protect and preserve the resilience of the Charles River. We are happy to announce that our Annual Meeting will be in-person this year! You can look forward to socializing with fellow advocates while browsing CRWA’s interactive tables on current projects, and learning more about the role your support has played in keeping the Charles River clean and healthy. Invitations will be arriving soon!

Submissions Wanted for CRWA’s Charles River Photo Contest

The following announcement was provided by the Charles River Watershed Association:

Calling all photographers – do you love to capture our favorite river? We are so pleased to announce the first annual 2023 Charles River Photo Contest! Submit your photos today – share your top three images with us by Friday, November 17th for a chance to win exciting river-themed prizes and features on our digital channels. Shortly after the deadline, finalists will be selected, and CRWA members will be called upon to vote for winners in next month’s River Current. Check out the full details over at crwa.org/photocontest, and submit your photos!