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Celebrating Stormwater
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 event—the 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 anywhere.

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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