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Charles River: Come on in; the water’s fine-ish

Thirty years ago, officials at the now-defunct Metropolitan District Commission put into writing what many Bostonians regarded as obvious to anyone with a nose: the lower Charles River wasn’t safe for swimming, and it never would be.

Fast forward to last Saturday, when the first sanctioned swim at the Esplanade in decades took place, and two things are clear. First, Boston, Cambridge, and other river communities are reclaiming a wonderful recreational asset for swimming and boating. Second, be skeptical of public officials warning about what can’t be done.

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