Protecting the Charles River from Stormwater Pollution

The Charles River today is an incredible recreational and ecological resource flowing through the heart of Boston and surrounding communities. On any given summer day, you’ll see scores of people sailing, boating, kayaking, and fishing its waters. But for all the progress made in cleaning up the iconic river in recent decades, significant threats to its health remain.

CLF in Action

CLF and the Charles River Watershed Association are pushing for cities and towns to better control their polluted stormwater runoff into the iconic river. We want to ensure that state-issued water pollution permits set strict but reasonable limits so local communities can do their part to keep the Charles – and all of Massachusetts’s waterways – clean and healthy.

We’re also maintaining our pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency to uphold the Clean Water Act and require large individual polluters to have permits for their stormwater discharge. Commercial, industrial, and institutional polluters do extensive damage to our precious waters. Permitting them would not only control the stormwater pollution they can discharge, but also guarantee they pay their fair share of pollution management costs.