Following ‘safer at home’ guidance, all Charles River Conservancy staff are working from home until further notice. Please feel free to reach us via email and join us on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook where we’ll be bringing the beauty of the Charles River and parks to you!

Floating Wetland Installation

The CRC is thrilled to announce that the Charles River Floating Wetland was installed on June 23rd, 2020 along Cambridge Parkway, just downriver of the Longfellow Bridge. We are excited that our multi-year partnership with Northeastern will continue and allow for research that will increase our understanding of the Charles’ water quality and ways to improve its health. Read our press release and learn more.

Rendering of the floating wetland by Sasaki.

Virtual Engagement

There are a number of ways to stay engaged with the Charles River and parks, even if you can’t physically visit them! Check out our virtual engagement materials, including opportunities to learn about parkland plants with our Learn & Discover series, get creative with our coloring pages, participate in our photo contest, and explore parks within the basin through our Bringing The Parks to You newsletters!

Flowers at North Point Park. Photo by Aaron John Bourque.

Hell’s Half Acre Restoration

Hell’s Half Acre, a 7.5 acre section of “urban wild” along the Charles River in Cambridge, is an ecological and social asset to the surrounding community. However, the area is critically overwhelmed by invasive plants. Through a unique three-year project that uses best practices to remove invasives, the CRC is working to restore the area. Following this aggressive intervention, the CRC and Conservancy Volunteers will regularly maintain the revitalized Hell’s Half Acre. Learn more about our work to restore Hell’s Half Acre by reading the project proposal.

Our Hell’s Half Acre restoration project addresses invasive plants, including phragmites, Japanese knotweed, and buckthorn.

Lead photo by Aaron John Bourque.