A Berkshires grandfather paddled ashore at the bank of the Charles River on Wednesday, the last stop on his 250-mile journey by canoe to advocate for clean water in Massachusetts.
“Heal the Housatonic!” 69-year-old Denny Alsop of Stockbridge shouted as he drifted toward the city’s riverbank, a month after starting out in Sheffield.
This was Alsop’s second time boating the state’s rivers to make a statement about waterways. His last cross-state trip was in 1988.
This time, he said, it was outrage about General Electric that convinced him he needed to re-create the journey. The company plans to move its headquarters to Boston and is in a battle with regulators over the cleanup of toxins from a GE factory in the Housatonic River.
“I didn’t plan this,” he said. “The canoe was in my father’s barn with droppings from the barn swallows and I went over there and pulled it out and I looked at it. There was a hole in it, which I had to patch. It was a last-minute thing. Also my body was not in great shape. But it’s pretty good now.”