Waterways headed in right direction

NEW BEDFORD – On the count of three, the rowers hoisted the eight-man shell high above their heads and rumbled down the metal ramp to the dock. A teammate bundled the oars like kindling and ran to catch up.

The crew team lowered the boat gingerly into the water and they were on their way, skimming over the shimmering water past a line of weathered scallopers.

People lining the shore Saturday looked on in amazement.

New Bedford Harbor, once among the nation’s most polluted, and the Acushnet River that flows into it, were hosting a high school crew race, a graceful symbol of the water’s revival and this port city’s renewed sense of promise.

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