Mission & History

The Charles River Clean Up Boat is a privately funded, 501(c)(3), non-profit, organization whose objective is to remove the floating trash from the Charles River.

With a refurbished boat, and a new motor courtesy of the Boston Duck Tours, we started our clean up operations in June of 2004. Today we have a new boat, the LISA S,donated by the Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Fund.  Patrolling the river four times a week during the spring, summer and fall more than two hundred bags of floating trash are removed each year by our volunteers, greatly improving the water quality and appearance of the Charles.Some of our favorite found objects are featured here

Our efforts were highlighted in an article published by the Boston Globe in October 2004.  In March 2005, the Charles River Clean Up Boat was named one of the Best of the New by the Globe Magazine.  In July we were featured on the Fox25 evening news, Channel 5’s Chronicle, and in the Boston Courantand in August, the Newton Tab.  Sam Allis wrote a column about us in the May 27th 2007 Boston Globe Awards were received from The Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America, and Community Boating.  In 2008 we made it on You Tube with an article in the MetroWest Daily News!  In 2016 Cox Communications honored us with an award for our  efforts.