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      Wow!  Itís  2012 and we are in our 9th year of keeping the Charles River clear of floating trash. Please read on to learn about the Charles River Clean Up Boat.

The Charles River is a beautiful recreational asset that is enjoyed by people from around the world. One thing that detracts from the enjoyment is the presence of trash floating on the surface. Since the dam and locks prevent the river from flushing this trash, it floats back and forth as the wind shifts, until someone picks it out, or it sinks. Governmental agencies are hard pressed for funds, and are not in a position to remove this trash. So rather than complaining about the situation, we have decided to get off our butts, and do something.

The Charles River Clean Up Boat is a privately funded, 501(c)(3), non-profit, organization whose objective is to remove the floating trash from the Charles River. With a refurbished boat, and a new motor courtesy of the Boston Duck Tours, we started our clean up operations in June of 2004. Today we have a new boat, the LISA S, donated by the Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Fund.  Patrolling the river four times a week during the spring, summer and fall more than two hundred bags of floating trash are removed each year by our volunteers, greatly improving the water quality and appearance of the Charles. Some of our favorite found objects are featured here.  Our efforts were highlighted in an article published by the Boston Globe in October 2004.  In March 2005, the Charles River Clean Up Boat was named one of the Best of the New by the Globe Magazine.  In July we were featured on the Fox25 evening news, Channel 5's Chronicle, and in the Boston Courant,  and in August, the Newton Tab.  Sam Allis wrote a column about us in the May 27th 2007 Boston Globe.  Awards were received from The Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America, and Community Boating.  In 2008 we made it on You Tube with an article in the MetroWest Daily News!

Without the Charles River Cleanup Boat, this is what the river would look like.  This is an actual photo taken from the Cambridge side of the Longfellow Bridge.

Volunteering:

A day on the river can be very enjoyable. We do not go in bad or uncomfortable conditions. If the weather threatens we come in. Our intent is to make the volunteerís experience fun and rewarding. Many people bring their mates, friend, or children and find the day to be a quality experience. Click here for Volunteer Information and directions.  To see the volunteer schedule for what dates are open, click on Volunteer Calendar and contact Tom McNichol at 508.877.3624, or cleanupboat@yahoo.com.

This is one day's worth of trash!  Earth day, 2005.  Thanks to Kristin and Carrie, freshmen from MIT, for their help.  (Looks like they enjoyed themselves too.)

Donations:

We could not survive as a volunteer organization without donations from individuals, organizations and corporations.  If you are interested in making a donation to support the operation of the Clean Up Boat, please contact Tom McNichol at 508.877.3624, or cleanupboat@yahoo.com or use the attached donation form.  It is with everyone concerned sharing the financial burden that we can continue to keep the Charles looking beautiful.

Some of our supporters are:

 

Museum of Science  (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

                              (2004, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, 11)

Boston Duck Tours (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Esplanade Association(2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)

 Watertown Yacht Club(2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)  

Charles River Yacht Club(2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Massachusetts Bay League (2004, 2005)    

Cambridge Boat Club (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)        

Royal Sonesta Hotel  ('04, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, 10, 11)

Cambridge Office of Tourism (2004, 2006)  

Pfizer (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

 Triumvirate Environmental, Inc. (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Genzyme (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,2011)

Arsenal on the Charles ('04, '05, '06, '07)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11)

Charles River Recreation (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Boston University (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau ('05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, 11))

  Charles River Conservancy (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP (2005, 2007)

Garden Club of the Back Bay (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

(2005, 2010)

Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Fund, Inc. (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

David G. Mugar (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Charles River Boat Company (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2010)

CSX Corporation (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Inc. (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

  Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (2005, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11)

 

Head of the Charles Regatta (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

BASS Federation Nation (2007, 2009, 2010)

  Russo Marine (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

 

Douglas Fisher Memorial Fund (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

City of Boston (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Mirant Corporation (2009, 2010)

GenON Energy (2011) 

  (2010, 2011) 

Hyatt Regency Cambridge (2010, 2011)

  Newton Yacht Club (2010, 2011)

 

Boston 4 Productions (2010, 2011)

Segway of Boston (2011)

Education First (2011)

 

  CRG Partners (2011)

    Horizon Foundation (2012)

 

 
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