Artificial Island Launched Into Charles River To Improve Local Ecosystem

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The first human-made island is 700 square feet and located just past the Longfellow Bridge, in the Charles River basin.

Laura Jasinski is the executive director of the Charles River Conservancy. She told WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama's why the nonprofit decided to create the island and drop it off into the Charles River.

"To bolster the natural ecology of the river," Jasinksi said. It's also important to remove the harmful algae blooms that have been growing in the river.

"That algae can be harmful to humans and pets if they get near it or touch it," Jasinksi said. "So we're looking at a new way to try to help combat that issue."

The island contains over 3,000 different plants.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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