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Once one of the dirtiest urban rivers on earth, the Charles has bested more than 20 competitors to win the International River Foundation's top award for river management. Indeed, it's come a long way from when kayaker Roger Frymire got a whiff of something awful 14 years ago: "I traced the smell to a spot near the MIT crew house. There was a grate underwater that was bobbing up and down with turds." Morning! [Globe]