18 Aug International Riverprize – 2011
Winner: Charles River Watershed Association | Charles River, USA
In 1965, when the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was founded, the river commonly ran in colors, depending on the paint being manufactured nearby. Sewage overflows were common and outfalls discharged industrial waste. Rowers who fell into the river routinely received tetanus shots and a course of antibiotics, and as recently as 1996, though the river was no longer a palette of colors, water quality had scarcely improved. The Charles became one of the USA’s cleanest urban rivers following its transformation, the story of a small science and engineering-oriented, grassroots nonprofit watershed association and the concerted efforts of many others. Watch video here
Mattole River and Range Partnership | Mattole River, USA
Melbourne Water | Yarra River, Australia
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