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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.

 

Sept. 2 Presentation on Regional Stormwater Approach

On Tuesday, Sept. 2nd join MyRWA's monthly Committee Meeting to hear from Aubrey Strause, co-facilitator of the Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition from 7:00PM to 8:00PM. The Coalition is a group of 30 Massachusetts communities implementing a regional approach to stormwater management. The group has developed a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Template, training and outreach materials for town personnel and volunteers, a stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) toolbox and much more. Join us on September 2, 7-9PM, at Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room.


Employment Opportunity

The Mystic River Watershed Association seeks a senior level grant writer to provide grant writing services, with some scoping and research, to develop strong targeted prospects and to write successful grants as part of the Association's fundraising team. This is a part-time temporary consulting position. Read more here.

 

Keeping you safe with Cyanobacteria Monitoring

Since 2007 MyRWA has monitored cyanobacteria levels at recreational areas during the summer months, when contact with the potentially harmful bacteria is most common. This is especially relevant after the recent crisis in Toledo, Ohio – also stemming from too much phosphorus in the system. While we do not use these lakes and ponds as drinking water as they do Lake Erie, bodily contact with cyanobacteria can be harmful for both humans and pets.

Check our results and read more about MyRWA’s Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program here.

 

Combatting Invasive Species

Photo by David Mussina, 2013.

For the fifth year MyRWA and partners are working together to remove the invasive water chestnut from the Mystic River. So far this year 5,819 baskets of water chestnuts have been hand-pulled from the Mystic by 841 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.

 

Two Staff Promotions at MYRWA

The Mystic River Watershed Association is pleased to announce two recent staff promotions. Outreach Coordinator Beth MacBlane has been named Outreach and Communications Director. Patrick Herron, PhD, previously Water Quality Monitoring Director, has been named Deputy Director for the Mystic River Watershed Association. Both have been with MyRWA since 2009 and have expanded the scope and impact of the association.

Read more here.

 

MyRWA RECEIVES EPA URBAN WATERS GRANT

MyRWA is happy to announce that we are the recipient of a $60,000 grant through the US EPA Urban Waters Small Grants program. Through this grant MyRWA will promote green infrastructure in three environmental justice communities bordering the Malden River through education, outreach, planning charettes, GIS analysis, modeling of pollutant source and loads, development of a low impact development (LID) technical document, and analysis of zoning.

Read more here.

 

2014 Herring Run Estimated at 239,059

The 2014 herring migration was tracked by nearly 100 trained volunteer herring monitors at the DCR Upper Mystic Lake dam in Medford, MA. Their efforts resulted in 31,296 herring counted. With this data the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries estimates the run size at 239,059 +/- 37,288 herring. These results suggest the number of river herring entering into Upper Mystic Lake slightly increased in 2014. Thank you Herring Monitors!

Read more about the Herring Monitoring Program here.

 

Budget Includes DCR Funding for Mystic Master Plan

On June 30th the State House and Senate Conference Committee released a consensus budget that includes funding for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) not less than $250,000 to be expended to finalize the designs and to obtain the permits necessary for implementation of the Mystic River Master plan, including aquatic invasive species control on the Mystic River. Senator Pat Jehlen worked tirelessly on this issue and provided important leadership in the Senate as did Representatives Denise Provost and Paul Donato in the House. MyRWA very much appreciates the dedication of local residents and the hard work of members of House and Senate who fought to see this important funding was included in FY2015 budget!

Read more here.

 

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!

 

 

US EPA MYSTIC RIVER REPORT CARD 2013

The Mystic River Watershed received a grade of "D" for water quality conditions for the calendar year 2012 as part of the US EPA's annual Mystic River Report Card. The grade is based on bacterial contamination as measured by data collected by MyRWA’s Baseline Monitoring Program.  This grade indicates that water quality met swimming standards 47 percent of the time, while boating standards were met 75 percent of the time.

Read more here.

 

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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