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Oct 3
Friends of the Malden River meeting, 6:30-8PM Cambridge Health Alliance, 195 Canal Street, Malden

Oct 4
Committee Meeting, 7-9PM
Tufts University, Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Oct 26
MyRWA Annual Meeting, 7PM
Tufts University, Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop St., Medford, MA

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

 

Visioning the Mystic Oct. 26

What's your vision for the Mystic River Watershed? Join Patrick Herron, MyRWA's new Executive Director, to hear about his vision and get a chance to share your own vision. At the event MyRWA will also honor our key volunteers who make improvements to our River every day, elect the 2016-2017 Board of Directors, and provide an update on finances. The meeting will be held at Tufts University's Breed Hall on Oct. 26th.

 

MyRWA Announces New Executive Director

Patrick Herron will begin as Executive Director Sept. 12th.The Mystic River Watershed Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Patrick Herron to the position of Executive Director effective September 12, 2016. Patrick has a PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of Connecticut and has served MyRWA since 2009. In his work both as Deputy Director and as Director of Water Quality, Patrick has demonstrated tireless energy and enthusiasm for our work. In recent years he has initiated many of MyRWA’s most innovative and effective projects - including the highly successful Water Chestnut Removal and River Herring Monitoring programs. Read more.

 

 

New Stormwater Project in Arlington Funded

MyRWA is pleased to share the announcement of funding through the 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Program for the Egerton Road Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project in Arlington. The project includes two curb extension bioretention basins that will beautify the streetscape, decrease crossing distance for pedestrians, and reduce the discharge of pollutants into Alewife Brook. The project is expected to begin late spring 2017.

 

 

Guest Presentation: Mass River Alliance

MyRWA is thrilled to announce Massachusetts Rivers Alliance Executive Director, Julia Blatt, as a guest speaker at the October 4th Committee Meeting. We look forward to learning more about the Alliance and how we can support each other’s work. Come explore how we can enhance our effectiveness as clean water advocates. Read more.

 

 

MyRWA & Medford Funded to Install Green Infrastructure

Alewife stormwater wetlandMyRWA is excited to work with the City of Medford to construct a gravel wetland to treat contaminated stormwater runoff from a municipal parking lot to reduce nutrients and sediment reaching the Mystic River. This project will improve water quality in the river, preserving critical habitat for river herring, and builds on previous work to prioritize stormwater treatment sites in the watershed.

 

 

Another Strong Year for Herring

Photo by Patrick Herron

As part of MyRWA's Herring Monitoring Program 90 citizen scientists counted 62,562 herring pass through the Mystic Lakes fish ladder in Medford. This is the largest number of fish observed since the monitoring program began in 2012. The total estimated Mystic River herring run is 448,060 +/- 48,113. This estimate represents another strong migration! Thanks to the volunteers who made this program possible, as well as MA-DCR and MA-DMF.​

 

Mystic River Water Quality Earns A- Grade

US EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding, MyRWA Executive Director EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, US Congressman Michael CapuanoFor the second year the US EPA issued localized water quality grades to provide information on how frequently Mystic waterbodies meet standards for swimming and boating. We are pleased to share that the Mystic River received an A- , the Mystic Lakes an A+ and Chelsea Creek an A-. These water bodies meet bacteria standards for swimming and boating on average greater than 85% of the time. That's right -the Mystic River is a great place to go boating and the Mystic Lakes are a great place for a swim! The grade also shows that much work lies ahead in realizing the promise of the Clean Water Act in many of our water bodies. Explore conditions and read the US EPA press release. View a map here.

 

 

MyRWA speaks out in support of CLF lawsuit

EK Khalsa, MyRWA Executive DirectorConservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced a major lawsuit against ExxonMobil for its decades-long climate deceit on May 17th. This is the first lawsuit against ExxonMobil since revelations last September that the corporation has engaged in a deliberate cover-up of sound climate science for over thirty years. The Mystic River Watershed Association and Chelsea Green Space joined Campbell at the press conference. MyRWA Executive Director, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa expressed his disappointment at learning that ExxonMobil is violating its own Federal stormwater permit and discharging pollution to the Mystic River. “The Mystic is seeing a revitalization – we have a strong herring migration underway and new developments connecting people to this natural resource. It is unfair that ExxonMobil puts this progress in jeopardy. We are grateful that CLF is holding ExxonMobil accountable for its actions and for CLF’s promise to help protect the Mystic River.” Read more.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Support MyRWA While Shopping on Amazon

Did you know you can support MyRWA while shopping at AmazonSmile - at no cost to you? The next time you visit Amazon, be sure to designate the Mystic River Watershed Association as the recipient organization of AmazonSmile's donations. Just visit AmazonSmileto start. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to MyRWA with no cost to you. Thanks for your support!

 

 

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