Landscape architecture students take top awards in national competition.
By Robert France
Boston's Charles River is one of the nation's most famous waterways,
being the location of some of the earliest landscape architecture
projects by the likes of Olmsted and Eliot, as well as being the
site of the world's largest riverine sporting eventthe Head
of the Charles Rowing Regatta. Unfortunately, despite this illustrious
heritage, the river is really quite commonplace in terms of suffering
the same litany of environmental abuses threatening urban rivers
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized that one
of the most important means to achieve its targeted goal of a "Fishable
and Swimmable Charles River by 2005" is to tackle issues related
to stormwater runoff quantity and quality. Recently the EPA teamed
with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to run a nationwide
competition to increase awareness of stormwater issues by asking
students and professionals to brainstorm, design, and implement
innovative strategies to improve the management, treatment, and
control of stormwater runoff for several designated home sites located
within the Charles River watershed.
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