The Charles River Project

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by K. Peter Devenis, C. E. Maguire Inc, Waltham, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterfront Planning and Development:

Abstract: The Charles River Project received the 1984 Presidential Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, Engineering, and Urban Planning. Sited between Charlestown and Boston's North End the earth-filled dam and flood control pumping station protect upstream areas from flooding. Three navigation locks serve commercial and recreational boat traffic. Water quality is improved by reducing both salt water intrusion and combined sewage overflows. Anadromous fish have been restored to the Basin through a fishway and a new park has been created to commemorate Paul Revere's famous midnight ride. The aesthetics of the visual design for the structures and the park played a major role in the selection of this project for the award.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Building design | Hydraulic design | Floods | Awards and prizes | Salt water intrusion | Water quality | Boston | North America | Massachusetts | United States

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