The Charles River is Newton’s great waterway. “Appreciating the Charles River” takes a look at the history, recreational opportunities, and efforts to keep the river clean and accessible for the many citizens who enjoy it. Guests on this 2005 program include Dan Driscoll, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) visionary responsible for the Charles River Pathway; Thelma Fleishman, Newton historian; Bob Zimmerman, head of the Charles River Watershed Association; and Norm Sieman, director of the Charles River Stream Team. Enjoy the varied moods of the Charles from the quiet of the Lakes district to the excitement of the annual “Run of the Charles” canoe race. Learn about the recently built Blue Heron Bridge and the iconic Echo Bridge.