Clean river, healthy communities

Welcome to the advocacy and educational clearinghouse for Boston’s Muddy River. Environmentalists, stakeholders, and stewards of our vital urban waterway, we support climate-resilient projects that keep our River clean and our communities healthy. In so doing, we are honoring the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his visionary design of a sparkling Emerald Necklace.

We invite all friends and neighbors to jump in. Let’s work together for a #cleanmuddy!

Project #1

Muddy River WATERGOAT Pilot 2

Flowing through the heart of Boston, the Muddy River is one of the top two most polluted tributaries of the Charles River and a critical link in urban Boston’s flood control system. With the approval of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the active engagement of water quality experts, water scientists, trash boom providers, engineers, and a host of eco-activist volunteers, we are embarking on a pilot project to rid the Muddy River of the trash—old bottles, clothing, shoes, balls, scrap plastic and fencing, and other toxic and unsightly debris—that currently pollutes the ecosystem.

The WATERGOAT Pilot Project will install a safe, heavily tested, and effective raw trash barrier and clean-up device at the critical Charlesgate East and Ipswich Streets juncture of the Muddy and Charles Rivers. This will be the 92nd WATERGOAT system implementation in the US and a model for ongoing river clean-up efforts in Boston and beyond.

We are grateful to New England Grassroots Environmental Fund for their fiscal sponsorship.

Photos: Courtesy of BIGWATER Rescue



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The Muddy Water Initiative appreciates your financial contributions. Our climate-resilient projects will clean the Muddy River today and for future generations. Join your neighbors in climate action!

Here’s how to jump in:

Visit Select Fiscal Sponsorship Group, then Muddy Water Initiative.

Or send your donation to:

Muddy Water Initiative, PO Box 990906, Boston, MA 02199

For tax-deductible contributions, please make your check payable to  New England Grassroots Environmental Fund and note Muddy Water Initiative in the memo line.

Or, you may make your check payable to Muddy Water Initiative. Note: we are not a 501(c)3 organization.

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