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March 5
Returning Life to the Aberjona, discussion & film, 7:00PM
Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington Street, Winchester

March 21
Herring Monitoring Training, 10AM-noon
Medford Boat Club, 1001 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford
REGISTER here (required)

April 7
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room
*Guest speaker: Tufts Water: Systems, Science and Society Malden River Project

May 17
Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle, 9AM
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Dr., Somerville

 

 
Welcome! Here's what's new at MyRWA...

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) works to protect and improve environmental conditions for the more than one half million residents within the 22 community Mystic River Watershed. Read more here.

 

MyRWA Comments on EPA Small MS4 Permit for Massachusetts

MyRWA staff and the Policy Committee submitted extensive comments on the 2014 Draft Massachusetts Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit issued by the US EPA. When approved, the permit will provide guidance to municipalities that will result in improved management of stormwater infrastructure and eventually cleaner water. The content of the permit is important to our members as the rivers, lakes, streams and ponds of this watershed are a long way from being the resource that the Clean Water Act promises. MyRWA commends the strong efforts of Rusty Russell, Nathan Sanders, Tracy Olson and Veronique Vicard, among others, in helping to write this comment letter.

 

THURSDAY: RETURNING LIFE TO THE ABERJONA

Please join MyRWA and Sustainable Winchester for an evening about blueback and alewife herring! We'll provide an update on the possibility of installing a fish ladder at the Center Falls dam and the results of a two-year herring habitat study of the Aberjona River conducted by the Mystic River Watershed Association and funded by the En Ka Society. Also of discussion will be the possibility of day-lighting the Aberjona River. We'll conclude the evening by screening a short film, "The Mystic Herring Run: The Return of 2012 and Beyond" by Shervin A. Arya.

Find out more here - this event is at capacity!

 

VOLUNTEER TO COUNT FISH!

MyRWA will launch the fourth year of the Herring Monitoring Program on April 1st. Volunteer herring monitors are needed to count fish for a ten minute slot at the DCR Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford. Training will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 10am until noon at the Medford Boat Club. Read more and sign-up as a herring monitor here.

 

Looking for a summer Internship?

MyRWA is looking for two summer Water Quality Monitoring Interns to assist in a water quality monitoring program from late May through August. This is a part-time position that will work in the field as well as in the office. Deadline to apply is March 15.

 

 

2014 Year In Review Now Available

The Mystic River Watershed Association maintained its core water quality monitoring programs, water chestnut removal efforts, and outreach and education programs in 2014, while adding new and exciting projects and initiatives. We hope you'll enjoy reading about some of the highlights of the year in our Annual Report. Thanks to the many supporters that make this work possible!

 

MYSTIC RIVER WATER QUALITY COMMISSION ESTABLISHED

MyRWA is inspired that the state legislature has acted to empanel a commission to investigate water quality conditions in the Mystic River Watershed and to determine the ways in which water quality can be improved to support a healthy ecosystem and recreational opportunities. The thirteen member commission will include one member appointed from the Mystic River Watershed Association, the US EPA, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and members from the House and Senate, among others. MyRWA thanks the many members of the Mystic River legislative caucus and especially lead sponsors of the bill, Representative Denise Provost and Senator Pat Jehlen. Read more here, read the Bill here.

 

Combatting Invasive Species

Photo by David Mussina, 2013.

For the fifth year MyRWA and partners worked together to remove the invasive water chestnut from the Mystic River. 2014 was the most productive year yet with 6,603 baskets of water chestnuts hand-pulled from the Mystic by 941 volunteers! An additional 1,000 tons have been removed by the mechanical harvester. Read more about the Water Chestnut Removal Project here. Watch this video from Somerville Neighborhood News.

 

Explore Your Local Water Quality!

Is it safe to swim? What about boating? MyRWA monitors water quality throughout the watershed and is working to make the data more accessible. Using Tableau, we’ve just begun to translate the data. Please explore and let us know how we are doing!

 

MyRWA Partners with Viridian Energy

Doug Turner, a former MyRWA Board member, is now working hard to bring financial benefit to MyRWA through Viridian Energy.  MyRWA is proud to support sustainable energy sourcing and use through Viridian. This unique program provides you the opportunity to sign up for greener energy at affordable prices, while also helping MyRWA earn money to support our mission and programs.

Learn more about Viridian Energy and sign up today!

 

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