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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.
2015 WATER CHESTNUT STRATEGY
Join MyRWA’s Patrick Herron for a presentation on the Association’s popular Water Chestnut Removal Program. Patrick will provide an overview of the program which began in 2010 and detail MyRWA’s approach to tackling this invasive plant for 2015. Patrick’s presentation will be followed by the Policy and Clean Water Campaign meetings at 8:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room.
Mystic River Science Forum Feb. 23
Head to EPA Region 1 offices on Monday, February 23rd for the Mystic River Watershed Initiative Science Forum. The forum will include presentations and discussions on local water quality and related topics. The meeting will be held at 5 Post Office Square, Boston and begins at 8:30 a.m. More details forthcoming.
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. The commission will submit a report with its findings and recommendations by July 31, 2017. The Association wants to thank 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.
MYSTIC RIVER RECEIVES "D" GRADE FOR 2013 WATER QUALITY
The Mystic River Watershed water quality earned a report card grade of “D” for calendar year 2013. The grade is based on bacterial contamination found in analyzed samples that were collected by MyRWA volunteers at 15 monitoring sites throughout the entire watershed. While water quality in the main stem of the Mystic River from Medford to Boston Harbor has been consistently good, a majority of the data collected in the tributary streams that feed the Mystic River indicate that water quality in those areas has remained poor. During 2013, the Mystic River Watershed met state water quality standards for boating 83% of the time, while swimming standards were met only 49% of the time.
MyRWA Selected as Root Cause Social Innovator!
Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum has named the Mystic River Watershed Association as one of seven nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston to receive more than $135,000 in cash and capacity-building services from Root Cause and its partners. The Association was chosen to join the team of 2015 “Social Innovators” for the Urban Sustainability: Greener and More Resilient Cities social issue track, sponsored by the Schrafft Charitable Trust. The Social Innovation Forum will accelerate the performance of these innovative, results-oriented nonprofit organizations by providing financial and capacity building support along with access to a network of funders, business leaders, and social issue experts. Read more here.
Internships Offered for 2015
MyRWA seeks an Invasive Species Intern for June 15- Aug 14 to assist with our Water Chestnut Removal Program. Stay tuned for additional summer positions!
Combatting Invasive Species
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.