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Clean up Along Charles River in Watertown Planned for Earth Day

Volunteers will gather at Dealtry Pool to clean up along the Charles River in Watertown.

Spend Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, cleaning up the area along the Charles River in Watertown. 

A group, including , will meet at the 138 Pleasant St., and will participate in the state's largest river cleanup. At 10 spots along the river, from Milford to Boston, more than 100 volunteer groups from businesses, universities, neighborhoods, civic associations, and scout troops will pitch in. The 13th annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup, which is part of the Earth Day celebration, will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Every volunteer will receive a free t-shirt designed by MassART student Nathan Olson.

Following the cleanup, volunteers are invited to gather on the Esplanade in Boston where Deputy Regional Administrator of EPA New England Ira Leighton will announce the 2011 Charles River Report card grade. In 2010, the Charles River was awarded a B+, up from a D in 1995.  

Other elected officials and representatives from environmental agencies and organizations will also be present to pitch in and to commend volunteers: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Ken Kimmel; Bob Zimmerman, Executive Director of CRWA; Sylvia Salas, Executive Director of the Esplanade Association; and Julie Crockford, President of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

View the Cleanup website for more information, www.charlesriver.org/cleanup.html.

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