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Community Boating Inc. Boston, MA
21 David Mugar Way, Boston, Massachusetts 02114
So how deep is the Charles? Is there room for our own Nessie?
The Charles is likely the busiest recreational river in the country used daily by thousands of rowers, hundreds of sailors, and many others on motorboats, kayaks, and paddle boards. In most places, it's plenty deep, while the bottom is uncomfortably close to the water surface in others. And it is changing over time. As with any dammed river, accumulation of silt has become a problem. Although it was at one time, the Charles is no longer important for commercial shipping, so no government agency is going to spend the funds to chart it.
Starting two years ago, using funds donated by users of the river, the Charles River Alliance of Boaters developed a partnership with the MIT Sea Grant Program to measure the depth of the the river from the harbor dam to Watertown. In our third season of measurements, we now have a detailed chart of the river and we're beginning to understand how the river has changed over the past 120 years.
In our presentation, we’ll discuss some history of the river, review our measurements and results, and tell you what's next. More info can be found at CharlesRiverAllianceofBoaters.org/chart.html
To help support our work, a $10 donation is suggested.