The Charles River Project

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering 1966


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: Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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