General Information Product—47

The Charles River, Eastern Massachusetts: Scientific Information in Support of Environmental Restoration


Prepared in cooperation with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

General Information Product—47


By Peter K. Weiskel

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Human activity has profoundly altered the Charles River and its watershed over the past 375 years. Restoration of environmental quality in the watershed has become a high priority for private- and public-sector organizations across the region. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs worked together to coordinate the efforts of the various organizations. One result of this initiative has been a series of scientific studies that provide critical information concerning some of the major hydrologic and ecological concerns in the watershed. These studies have focused upon:

Suggested citation:

Weiskel, P.K., 2007, Understanding the Charles River, eastern Massachusetts—scientific information in support of environmental restoration: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product—47, 12 p.

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