Love That Dirty Water: Registration Opens For Charles River Swimming Day

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — If you've ever dreamed of jumping into the Charles River (with permission), then dream no longer— registration for the annual City Splash on Charles River Swimming Day next month is open.

On Saturday, June 17 those who signed up will be able to jump into that dirty water during a 25-minute window.

According to the Charles River Conservancy, registration for the event fills up fast. Swimming in the Charles River is only allowed through a "Special Use permit" from the state Department of Conversation and Recreation, and this annual event is state-sanctioned with divers taking off from Fiedler Dock into a marked off deep-water area.

Despite the "dirty water" nickname the Charles River Conservancy says the Charles is one the cleanest urban rivers in the United States.

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The first City Splash took place in the summer of 2013, after years of environmental work from the Charles River Initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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