The Swiss woman who made a splash in Boston

Swiss architect Renata von Tscharner has spent the past two decades championing the cause of the Charles River in Massachusetts.

Susan Misicka in Basel

In 2000, she founded the Charles River Conservancy (CRC), a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the urban parklands along the waterfront.

Having grown up swimming in the River Rhine in Basel, Renata wants to get people swimming in the once badly-polluted Charles. The CRC is developing plans for a swim park that would give Bostonians the chance to enjoy the river that inspired the song “Dirty Water” by The Standells.

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