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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
March 23, 2012

Ria Convery
(617) 788-1105,

Charles River Awarded Theiss International Riverprize

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Riverprize Partner Awardees
Charles River Watershed Association
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Geological Survey Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Executive Office of
Energy and Environmental Affairs
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
City of Boston
Boston Water and Sewer Commission
City of Cambridge
City of Newton
Town of Bellingham
Town of Frankln
Conservation Law Foundation
Environmental League of Massachusetts
Boston Duck Tours
Charles River Canoe and Kayak
Head of the Charles Regatta
GenOn Kendall, LLC
International Power America, Inc.
Rita Barron
John DeVillars

In 2011, the Charles River was awarded the International RiverFoundation Theiss International Riverprize. This prestigious environmental award recognizes and rewards organizations that have accomplished outstanding river management.

The award was officially presented at an event at the Cambridge Boat House last night and was accepted by the Charles River Watershed Association in Brisbane, Australia in September, 2011 on behalf of the many federal and state agencies, municipalities, environmental organizations, businesses and individuals who have worked together over the years to improve the health of the Charles River.

MWRA's Combined Sewer Control Program was recognized as part of this collaborative effort. Since 1988, MWRA has invested $91 million for CSO control projects along the Charles River.

Tremendous water quality improvements have been seen and measured in the Charles River Basin, where average annual combined sewer overflow discharges have been drastically cut from about 1.7 billion gallons in 1988 to 27 million gallons today, a greater than 98% reduction.  Approximately 86% of this remaining overflow is treated at MWRA’s Cottage Farm CSO facility.


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